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• The FBI will undertake a limited investigation of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate voting process, which was delayed after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake made clear he would not vote for President Donald Trump’s pick without an FBI inquiry into the decades-old claims, is expected to resume no later than Friday.
• Melania Trump heads Monday to Africa for her first major solo trip abroad as first lady. She’ll go to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt on a weeklong “diplomatic and humanitarian visit, which will include stops focusing on health care, education, conservation and tourism,” her spokeswoman said.
• While she’s gone, President Trump will hit the midterm campaign trail, with stops Monday in Tennessee, Tuesday in Philadelphia and Mississippi, and Thursday in Minnesota. He also is due to meet this week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose job may be on the line.
• It’s the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest single-day mass shooting in modern US history. With survivors still grappling with life-altering physical and psychological wounds, community leaders have announced events to honor those affected, including a sunrise ceremony and a recitation of the names of the 58 people killed.
• Still going strong at 94. We wish former President Jimmy Carter a happy birthday! With his wife, Rosalynn, Carter is still fighting for public health and human rights – and weighing in on American politics.
• Soul and gospel legends – including Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans – will pay homage to Aretha Franklin during the American Music Awards ceremony, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
• You’re never too young to make a difference. That’s the message that hits store shelves in Chelsea Clinton’s new children’s book, “Start Now!”
• Batter up! The World Series countdown is on. Major League Baseball’s postseason begins with wild card games, followed by division series.
• The school resource officer who’s been criticized for not doing enough to stop the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is due to appear before a Florida commission investigating the mass shooting. But Scot Peterson reportedly may not show up. He has disputed accusations he hesitated as shots rang out, saying, “I never would’ve sat there and let my kids get slaughtered.”
• New year, same old Brexit. The UK Parliament is due to begin debate on everyone’s favorite (attempted) divorce deal. British lawmakers go to the mat over Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal, which she pulled last month facing certain defeat. A vote is still expected next week, with Britain due to leave the European Union on March 29. A continued stalemate could create a so-called no-deal Brexit scenario.
• Dust off your fascinator: There’s another royal wedding. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are set to marry in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same place Prince Harry and Meghan wed. Prince Andrew and the bride’s mom, Sarah Ferguson, are expected to attend, along with Prince William and Harry and their wives. The lavish nuptials are ruffling some feathers, with a petition demanding the British government refuse to foot the bill. But that’s not likely to impede the two-day fête. Here’s how to watch.
• Key Trump figures go to Capitol Hill. Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is set to testify before a House panel. He’s likely to get grilled about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which he once publicly slammed and now oversees.
• The NBA preseason goes global as the Dallas Mavericks and the Philadelphia 76ers meet in Shanghai, with a rematch three days later in Shenzhen, China. It’s part of the league’s push to win fans in that country.