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ISIS/AFGHANISTAN
It's the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat... the U-S military - in a show of force against ISIS - dropped one of the 22-thousand pound bombs in eastern Afghanistan Thursday. The MOAB, or "Massive Ordinance Air Blast" ...is better known by its nickname: the Mother of All Bombs. President Trump applauded the strike - calling it a very successful mission. The planning began under the Obama administration - the top US general in Afghanistan moving the bomb into position before Trump took office.

SYRIA
--Syria's president is insisting the chemical attack on a rebel-held town this month was concocted by terrorists and the West as a pretext for the US to attack a Syrian airfield with missiles last week. Bashar al-Assad, in an exclusive interview with AFP, questioning the authenticity of video showing dead children and gasping victims  -- denying his regime has any chemical weapons left. 
--10-thousand Syrians were to start evacuating from four besieged areas of Syria by bus at sunup Friday.

NORTH KOREA
This weekend's anniversary of North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung and fears of a new nuclear test being carried out are heightening tension in the the Korean peninsula:  Han Song Ryol, North Korea's deputy foreign minister, told Associate Press "A nuclear test is something that our supreme headquarters decide. At a time and at a place that the supreme headquarters deems necessary, it will take place."
--As the USS Carl Vinson and her battle group approach the peninsula, the North's KCNA news agency, being unintentionally ironic    said -  "The U.S. introduces into the Korean peninsula, the world's hotspot, huge nuclear strategic assets, seriously threatening peace and security of the peninsula and pushing the situation there to the brink of a war" 
--China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday is was necessary to prevent the situation on the Korean peninsula from going down an irreversible route. Vice president Pence arrives in South Korea Sunday as part of his first trip to the Asia Pacific region.

TRUMP/RUSSIA
The British newspaper The Guardian is reporting that British Intelligence services intercepted conversations between known Russian spies and people working for the Trump campaign. A senior intelligence official confirms to ABC News the British did pick up those conversations as part of a routine surveillance of Russian spies. Those conversations happened in late 2015 - the early days of the Trump campaign - and we don't know at this point who in the campaign was heard talking to those spies.

AR EXECUTIONS
Two U-S drug makers are asking a federal judge to stop seven lethal injections scheduled for later this month in Arkansas.. from going forward. The drug maker Fresenius Kabi USA [fruh-ZIN-e-uhs KAH-bee] and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corp. say their products are not designed or approved to kill people. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office and the attorney general's office declined to comment.

TRUMP
President Trump is at Mar-A-Lago for the weekend.

UNITED PASSENGER
--After a United customer was forced off his flight.. to make room for more crew -- Senator Chris Van Hollen... is hoping to pass a new law... he's drafted the Customers -- Not Cargo Act. Senator Van Hollen says he's trying to fix.. what he calls the 'perverse' incentive at work for the airlines right now: because it's cheaper for them to overbook flights and kick people off - than offer up incentives.
--After lawyers for Dr. David Dao held a news conference Thursday, a statement from the airline says "
United will not ask law enforcement officers to remove passengers from our flights unless it is a matter of safety and security."

UNITED SCORPION
Another problem for United Airlines...United confirms to ABC News that a customer was stung by what appears to have been a scorpion on a flight from Houston to Calgary last week.  That scorpion reportedly fell from the overhead bin and stung the man.  United says the crew consulted with a doctor on the ground and was assured it was not life-threatening. 

GOOD FRIDAY
Good Friday is observed around the world with processions and masses. In Rome, Pope Francis leads a service in Vatican City.

TN MANHUNT
The family of Tad Cummins, the former Tennessee teacher who has been missing for one month and is suspected to have kidnapped his 15-year-old student, spoke out in an exclusive interview with ABC News, asking him to come home. "No matter where you are, Daddy, no matter what you've done we just want you to come home," Cummin's daughter, Erica Osborne, 29, said. "We miss you so much. We're here for you, no matter what anytime, anyplace, anywhere."

WI MANHUNT
A hunt still underway for a Wisconsin fugitive considered armed and dangerous - Joseph Jakubowski vanished after robbing a gun store and mailing an angry manifesto to the White House last week. Janesville Police say they have more than 700 clues and leads and are urging Jakobowski to come forward. They say there's no specific threat. They have not recovered any of the 18 weapons he stole.

GA OFFICER KICKED
Hours after police in Gwinnett County, Georgia announced the firing of an officer caught on video kicking a handcuffed man in the face during a traffic stop, another video of the incident surfaced, and now another officer has been terminated.

MD STUCK RIDE
A roller coaster in Maryland suddenly got stuck Thursday...leaving more than two dozen riders stranded high in the air.  It happened at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro.  All passengers were seated upright, and Prince George's County Fire Department was slowly taking the people down one by one...over the course of hours.