⚡ Bulletin: A top cardinal admitted today at the abuse summit in Vatican City "that the global Catholic Church destroyed files to prevent documentation of decades of sexual abuse of children," per National Catholic Reporter.
⚾ "Baseball is back," AP's Jimmy Golen writes from Fort Myers. ""Baseball returned to the ballparks of Florida and Arizona [yesterday] with the first spring training games."
For 21 months, Robert Mueller has been an omnipresent but unseen lead in D.C. drama.
Keeping Washington in suspense once again, Mueller doesn't plan to deliver his conclusion to the Justice Department next week, a department official tells AP.
The Barr Report: Barr said at his confirmation hearing last month that he'll write his own report summarizing Mueller’s findings for Congress and the public.
"The task of wresting [underlying investigative documents] away from the Justice Department is likely to fall to the House," the WashPost reports.
And regardless of Mueller's findings, there could be some eye-opening reading ahead.
Matt Miller, an MSNBC analyst and former Justice Department official under Obama, tells me that it's "not just the Mueller report, whatever that is, that's relevant. It’s also all the underlying evidence he collected."
"Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, offering information about possible irregularities within the president’s family business," the N.Y. Times' Ben Protess, William K. Rashbaum and Maggie Haberman report:
"[S]martphone users confess their most intimate secrets to apps, including when they want to work on their belly fat or the price of the house they checked out ... [A]pps know users’ body weight, blood pressure, menstrual cycles," The Wall Street Journal's Sam Schechner and Mark Secada write (subscription).
"In the Journal’s testing, Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, the most popular heart-rate app on Apple’s iOS, ... sent a user’s heart rate to Facebook immediately."
Why it matters: "None of those apps provided users any apparent way to stop that information from being sent to Facebook."
"Police tapped into Chicago's vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners' doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him," AP's Tammy Webber reports:
"Chicago has the most extensive video surveillance network in the U.S., with ... more than 32,000 cameras ... on buildings, poles ... and buses — and even in businesses and private residences whose owners agree to opt into the system."
President Trump had a job approval rating of 50% or higher in 17 states last year, while 16 states rated him below 40%, Gallup's Jeffrey M. Jones reports.
Zebras apparently have stripes to repel flies, AP's Danica Kirka writes from London:
"The insights have ... implications for technology such as driverless cars ... If stripes disrupt a fly, they might also disrupt a driverless car's systems."