Washington St. quarterback commits suicide

21-year old Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment yesterday in Pullman, Washington, apparently after taking his own life. Police report that a rifle and a suicide note were found next to the body. Hilinski likely died of a gunshot wound to the head.
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Officers were sent to Hilinski's apartment to conduct a welfare check after he "did not show up for practice earlier in the day," police said.

Hilinski, from Claremont, California, has just finished his redshirt sophomore season and was expected to be the team's starting quarterback next season. According to Washington State's student newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, the highlight of the season was Hilinski coming off the bench to lead a triple overtime comeback victory over Boise State.


White House advises Bannon to not answer Hill questions in Russia probe

President Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers in an interview Tuesday after he was served with subpoenas on several fronts and accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House “gag order.”

CNN reports, “Bannon confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee that he was issued a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.” He was also served with a new subpoena by the committee itself on Tuesday.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, accused the White House of instructing Bannon not answer questions on certain topics. Read more on Bannon here.

Today in a Tweet

Yes, #BettyWhite is trending on Twitter. No, it's not why you think. She's turning 96 today.
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Study: Americans struggle to find accurate news

The Knight Foundation published its findings today on their study regarding “trust, media, and democracy.” In partnership with Gallup, they surveyed over 19,000 American adults ages 18 and older.

Overall, they found that eight in ten Americans believe that news media are critically important to our democracy. At the same time, the majority of Americans feel that the media performs this role poorly and ineffectively, failing to uphold the responsibility of keeping the public informed.

Read more in CMN's report.

ICYMI: California college offering students reimbursement following mudslides

Chancellor Henry T. Yang announced in an email to students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) that those who live south of Montecito — the town where deadly mudslides took the heaviest toll — will be eligible for reimbursement for commuting costs.

According to reports, the funds to reimburse students will come from private university resources. Faculty and staff are also eligible for the offer.

Read more in CMN's report.

Last But Not Least: Google's Arts and Culture app rides selfies to top of the charts

You may have noticed a new social media trend over the past few days: A selfie side-by-side with a work of art. Google's Arts and Culture app is using face recognition technology to analyze your selfie and find the work of art that most closely matches your appearance.

The feature has proved so popular that the app has soared to the top of the iTunes and Google Play charts. The app has been around since 2016, but this new feature has thrust it into the limelight.

And like many viral sensations, controversy is sure to follow:
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Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko and the CMN Staff. Ready for spring break yet?