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L-R Mark Hamill, Tom Cullen -- History/Larry Horricks(NEW YORK) -- In season two of History’s Knightfall, Welsh actor Tom Cullen got the chance to work alongside his childhood idol: Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

Hamill trades his Star Wars lightsaber for a real sword to play Talus, a Knights Templar veteran tasked with training new recruits. He’s nearly unrecognizable with long grey hair and a long beard.

“When he first came onto set it wasn't like Mark Hamill was there,” Cullen says. “He really does look different. I mean he looks a little bit like Gandalf [from Lord of the Rings], in a good way. Like a battle-hardened version of Gandalf.”

Talus will determine if Cullen’s disgraced knight Landry is worthy of rejoining the Order, and conflict between the two quickly ensues. Despite their characters butting heads, Cullen says working with Hamill was a dream come true.

“He's the hardest worker, the nicest guy, gets really involved and so even before he came to set, he had already really normalized the situation and he very quickly makes you feel like you're friends,” he says. “He's a great guy.”

Season two promises redemption, revenge and some super cool stunts. As for the heavy armor his character has to wear, Cullen says they made it a little more manageable this season.

“It's not 50 pounds anymore, it's about 45,” he laughs. 

Knightfall debuts season two on History tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

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Phillip Nelson/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Shortly after Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress on Sunday laying out the "principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the top two Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill issued a statement saying Barr’s letter "raises as many questions as it answers."

Indeed, ABC News reporters covering the Mueller report have been bombarded with questions about how Mueller’s findings came to be and what it will all mean.

Here are seven key questions and the best answers available:

Did Mueller find any evidence of obstruction of justice?

Mueller did find at least some evidence pointing to possible obstruction by President Donald Trump, and Mueller’s report "sets out evidence on both sides of the question," including evidence not in public view, according to Barr.

In fact, Mueller wrote in his report that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Barr, however, said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ultimately decided there wasn’t "sufficient evidence to establish" a crime had been committed, especially because – Barr said – Trump’s actions didn’t "constitute obstructive conduct" or have "corrupt intent."

According to federal guidelines, the Justice Department should file charges not when there’s just evidence of criminal conduct, but when there’s enough evidence for prosecutors to "reasonably expect" a conviction.

"[N]o prosecution should be initiated against any person unless the attorney for the government believes that the admissible evidence is sufficient to obtain and sustain a guilty verdict," reads the Justice Department’s manual for federal prosecutors.

Did a years-old Justice Department legal opinion shield Trump from charges?

In 2000, in the aftermath of the independent counsel’s investigation of then-president Bill Clinton, the Justice Department issued an opinion stating that, based on the Constitution and other legal findings, a president cannot be indicted while still in office.

To indict a sitting president would interfere with his constitutional responsibilities and authorities, according to the opinion.

Ahead of Mueller’s final report, many Democrats worried that the Justice Department’s 2000 opinion could shield Trump from indictment even if Mueller found enough evidence to prove a crime.

But in his letter to Congress, Barr said he and Rosenstein determined Trump should not face obstruction-of-justice charges "without regard to" and “not based on” the 2000 opinion.

Nevertheless, when asked by ABC News whether the years-old opinion played a part in Mueller’s inability to reach a final conclusion on alleged obstruction, Mueller’s office declined comment.

On Sunday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, insisted his committee is "going to move forward" with its investigation of obstruction of justice and other "abuses of power."

Why did Barr, picked by Trump himself, get to decide whether charges against Trump were warranted?

Unlike the "independent counsel" who investigated Clinton and was supervised by a federal judge, Mueller was appointed under newer "special counsel" regulations that make him a part of the Justice Department – working under the attorney general like any federal prosecutor.

Those regulations say a special counsel has "the full power and independent authority to exercise all investigative and prosecutorial functions of any [U.S.] Attorney." But a U.S. attorney’s "authority is exercised under the supervision and direction of the Attorney General and his/her delegates," federal regulations state.

In Mueller’s case, the special counsel declined to "draw a conclusion" on whether the evidence he gathered warranted obstruction-of-justice charges against Trump, which “leaves it to the Attorney General” to decide, Barr said in his letter.

Will Congress – and the public – get to see Mueller’s full report?

It’s unlikely that the entire Mueller report, with no redactions at all, will be released, especially because it includes grand jury material that is prohibited from public release. But in his letter to Congress, Barr said he is “mindful of the public interest in this matter” and intends “to release as much of the Special Counsel’s report as I can.”

He said he will have to consider "applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies," including the impact on ongoing investigations, in determining what can be released.

It’s unclear how long that process may take. Democrats, meanwhile, have vowed to subpoena Mueller’s materials and even take the Justice Department to court if it comes to that.

Was Barr conflicted from the start?

During Barr's confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Democrats pressed him over a memo he sent the Trump administration last year arguing that "Mueller's obstruction theory is fatally misconceived."

Democrats wondered how Barr could fairly assess Mueller's evidence when he had already expressed doubt about the obstruction probe itself.

But Barr insisted to lawmakers that he was only arguing in the memo that certain events described in media accounts, such as the firing of James Comey as FBI director, did not themselves constitute obstruction due to the president’s inherent authorities.

"I realize that I am in the dark about many facts," he wrote in the June 2018 memo.

After Barr's Senate confirmation, "senior career ethics officials" reviewed the matter and determined Barr "should not recuse himself" from overseeing Mueller's probe, according to a recent statement from Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.

Month earlier, however, senior career ethics officials reached a different conclusion about then-acting attorney general Matt Whitaker, telling Whitaker he should recuse himself from oversight of Mueller's probe for his previous comments about it. Whitaker declined to follow their advice but later told lawmakers he never interfered with the investigation.

On Sunday, a joint statement from top Democrats insisted Barr’s "unsolicited, open memorandum to the Department of Justice … [still] calls into question his objectivity."

What was Rosenstein’s role in all this?

For the first year-and-half of Mueller’s investigation, Rosenstein was the ultimate supervisor of the probe – the one who could have blocked Mueller from taking certain steps. In that time, Rosenstein oversaw the investigation because then-attorney general Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the probe, citing his prior work on Trump’s presidential campaign.

When Sessions resigned in November 2018 and another Trump administration official was put in charge of the Justice Department, Rosenstein was no longer the ultimate supervisor of the case, but he retained a significant role in supervising Mueller’s operation, a Justice Department official told ABC News.

At no time did Rosenstein – or any other Justice Department leader – block Mueller’s investigators from taking investigative actions they wanted to pursue, according to the Justice Department.

Rosenstein, however, was consulted by Barr over whether Mueller’s evidence warranted charged against Trump for obstruction of justice. Three weeks ago, Rosenstein and Barr met with Mueller’s team inside the Justice Department, where Rosenstein and Barr were given an overview of Mueller’s final conclusions, including his decision not to weigh in on whether Trump had committed obstruction of justice, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Moving forward, Rosenstein will be consulted over what further information from Mueller’s investigation can be publicly released, Barr told Congress.

How long is Mueller's report?

This is still a secret, and it’s unclear whether the Justice Department will ever be willing to say how many pages comprise Mueller's final report.

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noipornpan/iStock(NEW YORK) -- In 2016, suicide became the second leading cause of death among those aged 10-34, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nearly 9 percent of young people in grades nine through 12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months, according to data compiled by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Suicide is ranked as the 10th leading cause of death for all ages in the U.S. Since 2006, suicide rates have been increasing by a staggering 2 percent each year.

Talking about suicide, and about mental health more broadly, can make all the difference in raising awareness and helping to prevent it, experts say.

Here are warning signs for suicide, as well as steps people can take to spread awareness and potentially save lives.

Where is help available?

If you are having suicidal thoughts, call someone, anyone: a friend, neighbor, family member, religious figure, hospital, doctor, mental health specialist, the police department or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

It is important to remember you are not alone and people do want to help you, regardless of what you think.

Who is at risk for suicide?

The strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous attempt at suicide, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Suicide is often linked to mental disorders, particularly depression and alcohol use disorders.

Certain events and circumstances may increase risk for suicide, such as having a psychiatric illness including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.

While depression is a contributory factor for most suicides, it does not need to be present for a suicide to be attempted or completed, according to the AFSP.

Other risk factors for suicide include chronic physical illnesses, family history of suicide, history of exposure to trauma or abuse, recent losses or life stressors, military service, feelings of hopelessness and impulsiveness, misuse of alcohol and drugs and access to lethal means such as firearms, experts say.

Suicide risk also increases with age.

What warning signs should family and friends look for?

Significant changes in behavior are major warning signs that a person, especially one with depression, may be slipping closer to suicide, Dr. Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), told "GMA" last year.

If someone with depression is acting out of character, it is time to ask more questions and get others involved and take action, he explained.

Other changes in behavior that may be red flags are withdrawal from family, friends, work and social activities, a change in activity level, increased anxiety, restlessness or agitation, and a lack of sleep.

"Look and listen for warning signs because it is not as if just one morning someone wakes up and says, 'Today is the day I’m going to do this,'" Reidenberg said. "It happens over time and falls on a continuum."

How can you help a suicidal person?

The most important thing loved ones can do is to be available, experts say.

Being available can mean being there to listen, without judgment, and to check in continually to say something as simple as, "Hi, how are you doing? I'm available and around," explained Reidenberg.

"Reassure them that they are important to you, you want them to be around and want them to be well," he said. "The reassurance that people care by statements and words mean a lot to someone who emotionally is drained from the depression."

Being willing to move past the stigma of speaking about depression is important.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers five steps to help someone who may be considering suicide.

1. Ask: There is a common misconception that asking someone if they have or if they are considering killing themselves puts the idea in their head -- it does not. Do not be afraid to ask!

2. Keep them safe: If someone admits to considering suicide, it is important to seek immediate medical attention, especially if they shared their plan with you or have access to firearms.

3. Be there: Listen without judgment and with empathy. Let them know they have a shoulder to lean on when they need.

4. Help them connect: Help them find a support system to reach out to. Support is very important for someone battling the idea of suicide. Those who have attempted to harm themselves are often at risk of another attempt at suicide.

5. Follow up: Following up could mean preventing thoughts of suicide or another attempt.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors in New York and California announced charges against Michael Avenatti on Monday in separate cases targeting the former personal attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Avenatti, who was arrested in New York City on Monday morning, stands accused of attempting to extort Nike for $20 million and faces additional charges of bank- and tax-fraud.

Charges in the separate cases were announced almost simultaneously. In a press conference on Monday, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nick Hanna said investigators in California and New York coordinated the release of charges and Avenatti’s arrest, though the cases were pursued separately.

Prosecutors in New York wrote in a criminal complaint filed Sunday that Avenatti and an unnamed co-conspirator threatened to release damaging information about Nike if the sportswear giant refused to make multi-million dollar payments to them and an additional $1.5 million payment to an individual Avenatti claimed to represent.

In a phone call with lawyers for Nike last week, Avenatti and the unnamed co-conspirator allegedly said if those demands were not met, "I'll go take $10 billion dollars off your client's market cap. I'm not f***ing around," according to the criminal complaint.

ABC News has learned that the alleged unnamed co-conspirator referenced in the New York case against Avenatti is celebrity attorney Mark Geragos. He has not been charged or arrested, and he did not reply to a request for comment. The U.S. Attorney's Office, citing its policy of not naming people who are not charged, declined to comment.

Avenatti was not immediately available for a comment.

"At its core, this was an old-fashioned shake-down," U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said at a press conference on Monday.

Nike said in a statement that the company “will not be extorted or hide information that is relevant to a government investigation," adding that "when Mr. Avenatti attempted to extort Nike over this matter, Nike with the assistance of outside counsel at Boies Schiller Flexner, aided the investigation."

Earlier Monday, Avenatti tweeted plans to hold a press conference "to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike."

 Federal investigators told ABC News that Avenatti was taken into custody approximately 15 minutes later.

In addition to the extortion charges in New York, prosecutors in California filed an affidavit over the weekend accusing Avenatti of stealing funds from a client to pay off his own expenses and "defrauded a bank in Mississippi by submitting to the lender false tax returns in order to obtain three loans totaling $4.1 million."

"[Avenatti] violated the principals of honesty and fairness," Hanna said Monday.

Avenatti, 48, gained prominence for representing Daniels in a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. In December, a federal judge in California ordered Daniels to pay Trump just under $300,000 in legal fees throwing out her defamation suit in October.

Earlier this year, Daniels announced that Avenatti no longer represented her. In a statement from Daniels and her current attorney, Clark Brewster, on Monday, the adult film star said she was "saddened but not shocked by news reports that he has been criminally charged today."

"I made the decision more than a month ago to terminate Michael's services after discovering that he had dealt with me extremely dishonestly and there will be more announcements to come," Daniels said. "I ask that the media respect my decision to withhold further public comment regarding Mr. Avenatti at this time."

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Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After almost a dozen years in the ring, Nikki Bella has decided to walk away from pro wrestling and focus on her blossoming business, among other ventures.

The former WWE champion, reality star and actress broke the news on her show, "Total Divas," Sunday night.

After going on a big European tour, Bella told her family at dinner that the travel was "really, really rough."

"I realized, 'Why am I doing this ... I don't feel good,'" she adds. "I really am read to hang up the jersey."

Bella has broken down barriers inside and outside the wrestling ring. She also mentioned how well the women of wrestling are doing now, which might make walking away and hanging up her wrestling boots a little easier for her.

Her sister Brie retired recently as well and supported her sister in last night's episode, saying, "You can hang [your boots] right next to mine."

Nikki and Brie have several professional collaborations together, including a YouTube channel, their own wine label and a clothing brand for active women.

Also on the finale, Bella finally confirmed rumors that she had been dating her "Dancing with the Stars" partner, Artem Chigvintsev.

She posted a sweet pic kissing the Russian dancer after the episode aired. This is big news as it's one of her first public relationships after her split from former fiance John Cena.

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Korea Pool/Getty Images(KAESONG, North Korea) -- Several North Korean officials returned to the inter-Korean liaison office on Monday, just three days after the entire North Korean staff was withdrawn due to unspecified orders from "superiors."

North Korea's seemingly sudden decision to pull its officials from the Kaesong office alarmed the region, causing speculation that North Korea might be gearing up to heighten tensions after the fallout from last month's Hanoi summit and U.S. officials' reluctance to ease sanctions.

"North Koreans said they came down, as usual, to take their shift," the Unification Ministry told ABC News. "The representatives of liaison officers from either sides held a meeting in the morning and plan to operate [the office] as normal."

The Unification Ministry added that officials from North Korea conveyed a message that there is no change in the role of the liaison office in its commitment to carry out projects in line with North-South joint declarations.

Analysts in South Korea speculate that President Donald Trump’s tweets announcing a cancellation of new sanctions must have worked to bring North Korean personnel back to the liaison office.

It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2019

"North Korean leadership might have thought that it was not a good time to continuously increase the pressure on both the U.S. and South Korea when the White House announced not to proceed with the decision to add economic sanctions on North Korea," Bong Young-shik, research fellow at Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies, told ABC News. "North's leadership may have chosen to be in a wait-and-see mode."

Some saw the withdrawal and return as a tacit statement from Kim Jong Un's and a message that North Korea is aware of public sentiment eyeing their actions.

"It seems North Korea was under pressure of being viewed in a negative light if they closed down the liaison office for good, thereby refusing to maintain dialogue," Kim Yong-hyun, professor of North Korean Studies at Seoul-based Dongguk University, told ABC News. "At the same time, North Korea is also sending a signal that they are willing to communicate with the U.S."

"It seems North Korea was under pressure of being viewed in a negative light if they closed down the liaison office for good, thereby refusing to maintain dialogue," Kim Yong-hyun, professor of North Korean Studies at Seoul-based Dongguk University, told ABC News. "At the same time, North Korea is also sending a signal that they are willing to communicate with the U.S."

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PeskyMonkey/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- So this is what Tim Cook does with $1 billion.

That's the amount that Apple has invested in developing its entertainment division, including original programming in the company's closest approximation of a Hollywood studio to date. The company is expected to reveal its lineup of shows and movies, in addition to how to stream them at its "show time" event Monday in San Francisco.

The event starts at 1 p.m. ET.

The event is a pivotal moment for the company, which is rebranding itself as a services company amid a saturated iPhone market. As is typical with Apple events, it's shrouded in secrecy with a few strategic leaks. But this is what we we're hearing so far:

Apple streaming video

It's expected that Apple will shift its video content to the Apple TV app that comes pre-installed on its devices. Insider tech sites also assume it will operate like the Amazon Prime setup, which offers both other streaming services apps as well as its own channel.

"Apple plans on making a new storefront that's much more prominent for those who use Apple TV boxes and other Apple hardware. It will also be able to offer its own bundles -- for instance, it could offer a package of HBO, Showtime and Starz at a price that's lower than you'd pay for each pay TV service on its own," according to Recode.

It will not include Hulu or Netflix, according to several reports. The pricing is anyone's guess.

In June 2017, Apple created Hollywood buzz when it hired Sony Presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to head its original programming division. It has since poached more execs from Sony. However, its first two attempts at original programming -- Planet of the Apps, an entrepreneur reality show similar to Shark Tank, and Carpool Karaoke: The Series with James Corden -- fell short of, say, AMC's Mad Men as a calling card for original programming.

To compete with Netflix or Amazon Prime, Apple has spent heavily on recruiting talent ranging from marquee names -- Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Brie Larson -- to more niche personalities -- Josh Gad and Alan Yang. Of course, it remains under wraps whether any of these stars will be at the event, but it seems likely there will be at least a few.

The talent and format look to be more diverse than network TV, featuring scripted and unscripted shows, as well as a focus on audio storytelling, which fits into Apple's established foray into music and podcasts. It also heavily leans on women and minorities in talent both in front of and behind the camera. There's an immigrant-focused show called Little America, from Lee Eisenberg (The Office) and Alan Yang (Master of None), and Pachinko, which is based on Min Jin Lee's novel about generations of a Korean family living through Japanese occupation.

Apple News

Since Apple bought Texture, a digital magazine subscription service last year, it's been assumed that the company would adopt its model for a news product.

Texture offered hundreds of magazines for a set monthly fee. It's unclear what will be integrated into the news subscription model, but this week, it was reported that The New York Times and The Washington Post (owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos) would not be. The Wall Street Journal will be included, according to The New York Times.

Apple Credit Card

Apple currently offers a Barclaycard Visa, but it's expected to unveil its Goldman Sachs credit card at the event. News of the two heavyweights teaming up for the card was first reported by The Wall Street Journal last year. It's expected to offer a rewards program.

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Women's Night Out 2019!

Stillwater Radio's 25th Annual Women's Night Out on Thursday March 28th from 5-8pm at the Payne County Expo Center will be our best show yet!  It's the once a year event when Stillwater area women join their closest 2,000+ friends and family (female only) members for a fun filled night away from home.  It's a one stop shopping extravaganza, including food and a variety of extras that can range from hair styling and makeovers to a fashion show and don't forget singer/songwriter and former The Voice participant, Curtis Grimes, will take the stage performing several of his country songs.

This years exhibitors include Stone Wolf  Casino, Stillwater Medical Center,  Digital Doc, Hello Gorgeous, Amerifine Pest, Cimarron Casino, Merle Norman, YMCA, Dighton Marler Funeral Home, Cafe 33 & Steakhouse, Pope Distributing, Freddie Paul's Steakhouse, Prove It Health Shakes, Bliss Books, Payne County Youth Services, Me & Thee Jewelry, Brian Dudgeon State Farm, Cedar Deer Lodge, Pawnee Recruitment, Infinity Martial Arts, Iron Monk, Anywhere But Here Travel, Stillwater Float & Wellness, Whisper Intimate Apparel, Blazer Bling, Elite Repeat, Royal Hair, Ultimate Air Trampoline Park, Tan & Tone, Mary Kay, Elevated Care Dispensary, Birth Right, Hot Works, Dr. Richard Miller, Rockhouse Gym, Otoe Missouria Domestic and 7 Clans Casinos.


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