Some of the top stories from the day:
Tonight Southern Miss hosts North Alabama in the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational and the William Carey men play Georgetown in the N-A-I-A Final Four in Kansas City.
March Madness could be the biggest sports-betting activity of the year. The estimated eight and-a-half billion dollars people will bet on the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is 40-percent more than fans bet on the Super Bowl. And winnings on those office bracket pools are taxable.
The Powerball jackpot is now at an estimated 750-million-dollars after no one won Saturday night's drawing. It's the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history, with a cash value of more than 465 million bucks. No one has won the big prize since December. The next drawing is Wednesday and the odds of winning are one in 292 million.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is retiring from football. Gronkowski took to social media yesterday and announced that this was the biggest decision of his life, but it's time to move forward. Gronkowski says he's grateful for the opportunity given to him by owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. Gronk says he moves forward with a big smile knowing the Patriots organization and fans will be a big part of his heart for life.
A prominent Russian lawmaker says now is the time to reset U.S.-Moscow relations after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation cleared President Trump of Russian collusion. Parliament member Konstantin Kosachyov wrote on Facebook today that Russia is ready to take that step if Trump is willing to take the risk. First on the agenda should be dealing with nuclear weapons agreements that have been sidelined by both nations during the Trump administration. The Mueller report still accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 election.
Morgan Freeman has turned his 124-acre ranch in Charleston, Mississippi into a honeybee sanctuary. He's brought in 26 beehives from Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in an effort to battle against a significant loss of bee colonies. Freeman says he's planted bee-friendly magnolia trees and lavender on the ranch. He also feeds them sugar and water and says he has no plans on harvesting the honey the bees produce or disrupting their hives.
The new horror movie from writer-director Jordan Peele has dethroned "Captain Marvel" for number one at the box office. "Us" earned 70-million-dollars in its first week in North America's theaters. The Disney-Marvel superheroine movie starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson dropped to second place.