Report: Steelers' Antonio Brown is now the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — Antonio Brown may now be the higest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

Sources tell ESPN Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a four-year, $61 million deal.

The 28-year-old wide receiver will remain with the Steelers through the 2021 season, making $18.5 million in the first three years of the contract and $12.5 million in the fourth, sources said to ESPN.

Steelers for life #Boomin

— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) February 27, 2017

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Jury seated in Aaron Hernandez trial

John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The full complement of jurors was chosen Monday to hear the trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez.

The 16 jurors selected will be sworn on Wednesday, with opening statements and testimony expected to follow.

Hernandez, 27, is charged in a double murder outside a Boston nightclub. The former New England Patriots tight end has already been convicted in a deadly shooting in another part of the state.

Hernandez will go on trial not far from where his former team celebrated its Super Bowl victory.

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Report: Andrew Bogut seeking to be released by 76ers

Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just days after being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, Andrew Bogut is reportedly seeking to get released.

Sources tell ESPN the center is in active buyout negotiations with Philadelphia, and should he get released, the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the front-runner in signing him.

Bogut, 32, is hoping he can be released by Wednesday, ESPN reports.

The Dallas Mavericks traded Bogut, along with shooting guard Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round pick, to the Sixers last Thursday in exchange for forward Nerlens Noel.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/26/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Baltimore 8, Pittsburgh 3
Minnesota 5, Washington 2
Houston 3, Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 10, Toronto 3
NY Mets 5, Detroit 2
Cleveland 1, Chicago Cubs 1
Chicago White Sox 7, Colorado 3
Seattle 13, San Diego 2


Tampa Bay 7, Boston 3
NY Yankees 7, Toronto 2
LA Angels 5, Oakland 3
Texas 6, Kansas City 4

St. Louis 7, Miami 4
San Francisco 9, Cincinnati 5
LA Dodgers 10, Milwaukee 8
Colorado 6, Arizona 1


Milwaukee 100, Phoenix 96
San Antonio 119, LA Lakers 98
Memphis 105, Denver 98
Utah 102, Washington 92
Toronto 112, Portland 106
Boston 104, Detroit 98
Oklahoma City 118, New Orleans 110
LA Clippers 124, Charlotte 121 (OT)


Boston 6, Dallas 3
Calgary 3, Carolina 1
Columbus 5, NY Rangers 2
Nashville 5, Edmonton 4
Chicago 4, St. Louis 2
Ottawa 2, Florida 1
Arizona 3, Buffalo 2


(7) Louisville 88, Syracuse 68
UCF 53, (15) Cincinnati 49
Michigan St. 84, (16) Wisconsin 74
(21) Notre Dame 64, Georgia Tech 60
(22) Butler 88, Xavier 79

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A closer look at congressional probes into Russia and alleged Trump associate contacts

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — On Capitol Hill, it seems that not a day goes by without another lawmaker — usually but not always a Democrat — calling for an investigation, special prosecutor or independent commission to delve into the alleged contacts between the Trump campaign, transition and administration and Russian government officials.

Sources have told ABC News that U.S. authorities were probing communications between the associates and suspected members of the Russian intelligence community ahead of the election, allegations Trump has repeatedly decried as “fake news.” An FBI probe into the matter is ongoing.

Below is a look at the existing congressional probes related to the alleged contacts, into Russia, which the intelligence community concluded orchestrated an elaborate campaign to interfere in the 2016 election, as well as the leaks to the media surrounding the stories.

Trump associates’ alleged contacts with Russia

Senate Intelligence Committee

Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, gave the first public details on his panel’s inquiry on Dec. 16, before Trump was sworn in. The probe was prompted by, according to Burr’s statement, “the underpinnings of the intelligence” that prompted the intelligence community to release a statement in October that said it “is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.” It later revised its mission statement to encompass the revelations from a more detailed January assessment of Russia hacking. Republican leaders have also said they expect the committee to call former national security adviser Gen. Mike Flynn to testify about his contacts with Russian officials. Flynn resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the contacts. Democrats are criticizing Burr this week over revelations that the White House communicated with Burr and his House counterpart to rebut reports that Trump associates had contacts with Russian officials during the campaign. Over the weekend, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel, said in a statement, “I have said from the very beginning of this matter that if SSCI cannot properly conduct an independent investigation, I will support empowering whoever can do it right.”

House Intelligence Committee

This panel, overseen by Chairman Devin Nunes, never announced a separate investigation of Russia’s actions, but acknowledged in early December that the committee had been “closely monitoring Russia’s belligerence for years.” Nunes also noted that it has been looking into the underlying intelligence that prompted the conclusions in the intelligence community’s January assessment, including Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election. Nunes, a Trump transition adviser, has diverged from the Senate Intelligence Committee in saying he has no plans to investigate Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials, saying in mid-February that “we’re not supposed to be listening to American phone calls.” He has said that he wants the FBI to investigate the leaks that have led to public reports about Trump officials’ alleged contacts with suspected Russian officials. Nunes said Monday that his committee is in the early stages of its work, but that his preliminary communication with the Intelligence Community has yielded no evidence of contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, although he admitted that “that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.” But California Rep. Adam Schiff said that the committee has called no witnesses or interviewed the FBI. “We haven’t reached a conclusion, nor should we, on issues of collusion because we haven’t interviewed a single witness or reviewed a single document,” Schiff said.

Other probes

Senate Armed Services Committee

While this committee, headed by John McCain, is not formally investigating Russia’s interference in the election, as is the Intelligence Committee, McCain has resolved to make cybersecurity, and by extension Russia’s hacking, a big focus. “It’s all part of the larger issue of the cyber threat that we face from Russia, China and other countries. It’s another form of warfare,” McCain said on CBS in December. The committee held a hearing last month, during which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill about the president’s statements that appeared to “trash the intelligence community,” like when he questioned their veracity by citing their ultimately incorrect assessment that Saddam Hussein harbored weapons of mass destruction. “There’s a difference between skepticism and disparagement,” Clapper said during the Jan. 5 hearing.

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism

At the beginning of the month, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, the chairman and top Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee, announced they would be investigating Russian efforts to influence democratic elections in the United States and abroad. “Our goal is simple – to the fullest extent possible we want to shine a light on Russian activities to undermine democracy. While some of our efforts will have to be held behind closed doors due to security concerns, we also hope to have an open discussion before the American people about Russia’s strategies to undermine democracy,” the two said in a statement.

House Oversight/Judiciary Committees

The chairmen of the two panels, Jason Chaffetz and Bob Goodlatte, have urged the Department of Justice Inspector General to investigate the leaks surrounding the Flynn calls with Russian officials, though they also say they are not interested in investigating Flynn himself. “We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here,” they wrote to the DOJ IG on Feb. 15, two days after Flynn resigned. Chaffetz and his Oversight Ranking Member, Elijah Cummings, are also looking into Flynn’s speaking engagements in Russia in 2014 and 2015 to determine the amount and source of any funding he received to appear, and whether he received payments from foreign sources, which would be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Chaffetz has also stressed the need to look into the leaks of sensitive information from within the intelligence community.

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SpaceX announces planned private trip around moon in 2018

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — SpaceX, the space technology and exploration company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, plans to fly a pair of civilians around the moon and back to Earth in 2018, the company announced Monday.

According to Musk, SpaceX was approached by the two individuals who expressed interest in the mission, which is expected to skim the moon and carry them into deep space on the company’s Dragon Capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket after launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A press release from SpaceX noted that the pair “have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission.” Musk declined to reveal the clients’ identities. The company said that additional information about the team will be released following approval, health and fitness tests.

SpaceX is planning to send an unmanned Dragon craft to the International Space Station later in the year before launching a manned mission in 2018. The company has contracted by NASA to continue missions to the space station at a rate of four per year.

The trip around the moon is scheduled to take place after SpaceX has completed successful manned missions for NASA.

We commend our industry partners for reaching higher. We will work closely w/ @SpaceX. More:

— NASA (@NASA) February 28, 2017

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A look at the 3 Pentagon reviews into the SEAL raid in Yemen — There are three reviews underway into the SEAL Team Six raid in Yemen last month that killed William “Ryan” Owens and some civilians, the Pentagon said Monday.

Owens was killed during a Jan. 29 nighttime raid targeting a rural compound in southern Yemen believed to be a key planning location for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The mission was designed as an intelligence-gathering mission on the terror group, but Owens’ death led Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, to question the White House spokesman’s assessment that the mission had successfully completed its objectives and was “a huge success.”

Over the weekend Owens’ father, William Owens, told the Miami Herald that he wanted an investigation into the Trump administration’s decision-making that signed off on the raid.

“I want an investigation,” he told the newspaper. “The government owes my son an investigation.”

The family declined further comment when contacted by ABC News on Monday.

“There already are multiple investigations going on about this,” Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday, including something known as a “15-6” investigation.

In addition, “there’s an aircraft mishap investigation being done by the chain of command, there’s a civilian casualty assessment being done from [U.S. Central Command]. These are all still in progress,” Davis said.

Here is a look at what those terms mean.

The investigations

U.S. Central Command (Centcom) confirmed that a 15-6 investigation is underway into the circumstances of Owens’ death that is being conducted by the Navy.

A 15-6 investigation refers to Army regulation 15-6 that allows commands to appoint investigating officers to conduct informal investigations of a military incident or military fatality.

The deaths of all American service members deployed overseas lead to investigations conducted by investigating officers selected from the chain of command.

Family members are provided with copies of the final investigation reports, but they are only releasable to the general public through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

A separate review is under way to determine the procedures and circumstances that led to the destruction of a Marine MV-22 Osprey called in to medevac SEALS wounded in the intense firefight.

The Osprey became inoperable after the crew made a “hard landing” that injured crew-members and disabled the aircraft, according to military officials. It was later destroyed by a U.S. airstrike to prevent it from going into the hands of AQAP fighters. Davis said the mishap investigation is also being conducted by the chain of command, presumably a reference to Centcom.

Centcom has also been conducting a civilian casualty credibility assessment that is triggered when allegations of civilian casualties are made, according to military officials.

Centcom launched that assessment shortly after the raid and determined there were some civilian casualties and is still looking to see if there are more casualties. But as Davis said Monday, officials are still in the assessment phase and if the allegations are found credible, then Centcom will launch an actual investigation into civilian casualties.

“We’re still in the first step. We’re in a credibility assessment,” Davis said.

A defense official later said it was better to characterize the three reviews as a casualty investigation and separate assessments into civilian casualties and the aviation mishap.

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Top House Republican hasn't seen 'evidence' of Trump-Russia contacts

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The chairman on the House Intelligence Committee said Monday that he had not seen any “evidence” of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government amid an investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election.

“We still have not seen any evidence of anyone … from the Trump campaign or any other campaign for that matter that’s communicated with the Russian government,” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters at the Capitol.

“That doesn’t mean they don’t exist but I don’t have that. And what I’ve been told is, by many — by many folks, is that there’s nothing there,” he added.

Authorities were looking into communications between Trump associates and suspected Russian intelligence officials ahead of the election, sources told ABC News.

At a separate press conference, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that it’s premature to draw any conclusions on the alleged communications.

“We haven’t reached a conclusion, nor should we, on issues of collusion because we haven’t interviewed a single witness or reviewed a single document,” Schiff told reporters.

Schiff said it was “completely inappropriate” for the White House to ask CIA officials and Republican members to knock down the report from The New York Times and that anyone receiving that request “should politely decline.”

The New York Times recently reported that Trump associates inside and outside the presidential campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials before the election, but Trump has repeatedly derided the story as “fake news.” ABC News sources have also disputed elements of the story, but would not offer any further details or explanation, citing the sensitive nature of the matter.

One of the associates, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, called the allegations “ridiculous.”

Investigations are ongoing in the House and Senate intelligence committees as well as the FBI.

Nunes, who said he was conveying what he was learning from the intelligence community, said his committee is in the early stages of its work. They have set the parameters of the investigation, and are in the process of requesting materials to receive and review.

Schiff told reporters he would prefer the investigation to be conducted by an independent commission or even a joint effort between the Senate and House Intelligence committees, due to a lack of resources and staff.

A Trump ally who advised the transition, Nunes pushed back strongly on the suggestion that talking to a reporter at the request of the White House compromised his committee’s investigation.

He said he was given a phone number to call but no directions on what to say to the reporter.

“How is it compromised if I’m trying to be transparent with the press?” he said, pointing out that he spoke frequently with reporters on Capitol Hill about the story.

Nunes dismissed the idea of requesting Trump’s tax returns, and did not say if he would support the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate any alleged contacts. He also punted on the question of whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from any investigations of the administration on the matter, despite his own close work with the Trump campaign.

“If…we have serious crimes have been committed, it would be something that we would consider,” Nunes said. “At this point, we don’t have that. The only serious crimes we have are leaks that have come out of our government.”

Nunes said he was wary of leading a “witch hunt” against American citizens mentioned in press reports about alleged contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“We can’t have McCarthyism back in this place,” he said of the congressional investigation.

The California Republican also defended the former national security adviser’s conversations with the Russian ambassador — claiming that Mike Flynn was doing his job by discussing “petty” actions of the Obama administration in response to Russian election interference, which he did not think constituted official sanctions. He also called concerns that Flynn may have violated the Logan Act “ridiculous.”

The 1799 law, which bars individuals from communicating with foreign governments, has never been used.

Flynn was asked to resign from his White House post after misrepresenting his communications with the Russian ambassador to Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials.

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Landslides leave millions in Chilean capital without water

PASCAL DIAZ/AFP/Getty Images(SANTIAGO, Chile) — At least 4 million people in the Chilean capital of Santiago are without water Monday after rainstorms and landslides have contaminated a major river there, BBC News reports.

Officials say most residents around the city will be without water until the water supply has been cleared up.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet tweeted Sunday that emergency teams are working to re-establish water supply as soon as possible.

Equipos a cargo de la emergencia trabajan en terreno para conectar personas aisladas y restablecer el suministro de agua apenas sea posible.

— Michelle Bachelet (@mbachelet) February 26, 2017

Three people have died and 19 others are still missing in the aftermath of the landslides into the Maipo River.

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At least 4 dead after small plane crashes into California homes

KABC-TV(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) — At least four people are dead and one hospitalized after a small plane crashed into two homes in Riverside, California, according to officials.

Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore said officials are actively searching for more victims and the two homes were destroyed.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 310 crashed under unknown circumstances about a half-mile northeast of Riverside Municipal Airport. The plane was headed to San Jose from Riverside, according to the FAA.

The people on board the plane were coming from a cheer conference, Moore said.

Shannon Flores, a teacher at a nearby school in Riverside, told ABC affiliate KABC-TV she and her students saw the plane from their building.

“It was just flying very, very low,” she said. “We knew it shouldn’t have been flying that low and that it was definitely going down.”

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