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On Wednesday President Trump heads to Ohio, a state where he promised residents that industrial jobs would come back. He is lashing out on social media after a high-profile auto plant closed there.

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Charlottesville city government was upended after a woman was killed and others injured in a car attack by a white supremacist in 2017. White nationalists had targeted Charlottesville for a "Unite The Right Rally" after the Virginia town decided to take down a Confederate statue, part of its reckoning with a fraught racial history.

In a Himalayan valley surrounded by military barracks, blasts of artillery fire often reverberate across the icy mountain peaks. This is one of the world's longest-running conflict zones. It's near where India and Pakistan recently traded airstrikes. So it's not unusual to see helicopters buzzing overhead.

But on a morning in early February, one particular chopper was not part of the conflict.

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We're following the news of a mass shooting in the Netherlands, about which we have more questions than answers. It took place in Utrecht where three people were killed. Teri Schultz reports.

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Update From Netherlands Tram Shooting

Mar 18, 2019

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Earlier today, a gunman opened fire on a tram in the Netherlands in the city of Utrecht. The city's mayor says three people are dead. Several others are injured. At this hour, national authorities have said the gunman remains at large.

In February, Pope Francis acknowledged a longstanding dirty secret in the Roman Catholic Church — the sexual abuse of nuns by priests.

It's an issue that had long been kept under wraps, but in the #MeToo era, a #NunsToo movement has emerged, and now sexual abuse is more widely discussed.

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Surf Guitar Legend Dick Dale Dies At 81

Mar 18, 2019

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Sorry to report that the king of surf guitar has died.

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At least 49 people are dead following a mass shooting on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Multiple suspects are in custody.

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I want to bring in another voice here. It is Ben Collins, who reports on online extremism for NBC News.

Hi there, Ben.

BEN COLLINS: Hey. How you doing?

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And we have a lot to talk about this morning with Adam Kennedy who is on the line. He is President Trump's deputy director of communications. Adam, thanks for being here.

ADAM KENNEDY: Thanks for having me on this morning.

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A mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, have left at least 49 worshippers dead. At least 20 other people have been seriously injured. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is calling it New Zealand's darkest day.

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