Happening Today: Russia Probe, Roy Moore, Penn State, High Blood Pressure, LeBron James - NBC New York

Happening Today: Russia Probe, Roy Moore, Penn State, High Blood Pressure, LeBron James

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    What to Know

    • Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Trump

    • New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition

    • Video posted to social media shows LeBron James and his teammates, in town to play the Knicks, hopping on the subway after their practice

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    Asia Trip “Tremendously Successful,” Trump Says

    Wrapping up his extensive tour of Asia, President Trump hailed "tremendous amounts of work" on trade and said nations around the globe have been put on notice that the U.S. will demand improved trading conditions. Trump told reporters in Manila that the "fruits of our labor are going to be incredible." He was closing a nearly two-week trip through Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines that included one-on-one meetings with the leaders of those nations during which he stressed trade. The president, who campaigned on shredding multilateral trade agreements he has deemed unfair, insisted during his travels that multibillion-dollar deficits that favor U.S. trading partners will be reduced to zero, and that trade overall must be fair and mutually beneficial. Trump said before departing an international summit, "We've had a tremendously successful trip. Tremendous amounts of work was done on trade."

    New Russia Probe Details Likely to Dominate Sessions Hearing

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Trump. And he will be bracing for an onslaught of lawmakers' questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign. The appearance before the House Judiciary Committee follows a guilty plea from one Trump campaign aide who served on a foreign policy advisory council that Sessions chaired, as well as statements from another adviser who said he'd advised the then-GOP Alabama senator about an upcoming trip to Russia. Those details complicate Sessions' effort to downplay knowledge of the campaign's foreign contacts.

    Penn State Frat Death: New Charges After Deleted Video Recovered

    Deleted surveillance footage recovered by the FBI shows Penn State fraternity pledge Tim Piazza was given at least 18 drinks in the span of 1 hour and 22 minutes, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said. That footage triggered an onslaught of new charges against members of the now-closed Beta Theta Pi fraternity, including involuntary manslaughter, hazing and providing alcohol to a minor, Miller said. Twelve new defendants were implicated in the case. Fourteen other members of the fraternity previously faced criminal charges in connection with Piazza's death. Several of those men now face new criminal charges, as well. Piazza, of New Jersey, died of a fractured skull and other injuries two days after drinking a dangerous amount of alcohol at a pledge ceremony and falling down basement stairs.

    New Sex Assault Allegation Hits GOP Senate Nominee

    Another woman has come forward to accuse Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, alleging that when she was 16 years old, he groped her in a parked car and tried to force her to have sex with him while she fought him off. Beverly Young Nelson held a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred. Nelson said that Moore, a regular customer at the Gadsden, Alabama, diner where she worked, tried to force himself on her in his car one night after initially offering her a ride home when her boyfriend was late picking her up. She said she trusted him because he was a district attorney at the time but grew alarmed when he parked his car behind the restaurant where there weren't any lights. "I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and locked it so I could not get out," she said. Nelson, who dabbed at her eyes with a tissue throughout the press conference, said at some point Moore gave up, calling her a "child."

    Half of U.S. Adults Have High Blood Pressure in New Guidelines

    New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults. High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced by a dozen medical groups. The change means an additional 14 percent of U.S. adults have the problem, but only an additional two percent will need medication right away; the rest should try healthier lifestyles, which get much stronger emphasis in the new advice. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure. Currently, only half of Americans with high blood pressure have it under control.

    LeBron, Cavs Hop on NYC Subway; One Rider Is Not Impressed

    A morning subway ride with a team of NBA players? Only in New York. Video posted to the Cavaliers' Twitter account shows LeBron James and his teammates, in town to play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, hopping on the subway from Penn Station back to their hotel after practice. Former Knick J.R. Smith was among the train-taking contingent. James and Dwyane Wade managed to grab seats, but their other teammates who had to stand didn't exactly have much clearance in ceiling room. James said it was his first time riding the subway in New York.

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