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10 things to know, Monday, March 12


Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. Trump backs off push for raising assault rifle purchase age

The administration did pledge to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and reiterate its call to improve the background check and mental health systems.

2. Helicopter in New York City crash had spotty record

The Eurocopter AS350 that plunged into the East River killing five is owned by Liberty Helicopters, which was involved in a fatal crash over the Hudson River in 2009.

3. Despite rhetoric, little change on U.S.-Mexico border

The daily commute from Mexico to California for thousands of low-paid farm workers hasn't changed since Trump became president.

4. North Korea still mum on Trump summit

Pyongyang has been surprisingly quiet on the slew of momentous, and possibly even historic, events that have come in quick succession over the past few months.

5. What has shattered hopes for China’s liberalization

Once thought to be the next great reformer, Xi Jinping is now poised to rule indefinitely after Beijing's rubber-stamp legislature voted to eliminate presidential term limits.

6. Who can relate to what’s happening in Parkland

Participants of the 1968 L.A. school walkouts that sparked Mexican-American youth activism say they see similarities with Florida student activists seeking to change gun laws.

7. Peace deal backers suffer in Colombia congress elections

Voters turn to right-wing parties critical of the country's peace pact with the main leftist rebels, raising questions about the future of the accord.

8. Dozens killed in Nepal plane crash

The passenger plane, a twin-propeller Bombardier Dash 8 flying from Bangladesh, swerved repeatedly before it crashed near the runway, killing at least 38 people.

9. ‘He’s been super dehydrated’

That's what Faith Hill says about her husband, country music star Tim McGraw, who collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland but is expected to recover.

10. For college basketball, a reprieve

March Madness will provide a three-week break from the troubling headlines that have consumed the sport this season.

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