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Mourners gathered to honor the six victims of a shooting at a Nashville elementary school as lawmakers are at odds over what actions to take on gun control. Also in the news: An American journalist has been arrested for espionage by Russian authorities and the latest in "Creed III" actor Jonathan Major's arrest.

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Now, here we go with Thursday's news.

Vigil occurs with gun control debate in the backdrop

Hundreds of mourners, including first lady Jill Biden, gathered Wednesday night for a citywide vigil to grieve for the three children and three adults who were killed at the Covenant School in Nashville earlier this week.

The vigil occurred as lawmakers from both parties said the prospects for major gun control legislation advancing in a divided Congress are slim even as President Joe Biden said he has exhausted what he can do to address gun violence through executive action.

Russia arrests Wall Street Journal reporter for espionage

Russia’s top security agency says a reporter for the Wall Street Journal has been arrested on espionage charges. Authorities said Thursday that Evan Gershkovich was detained in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg while allegedly trying to obtain classified information. Gershkovich is the first reporter for an American news outlet to be arrested on espionage charges in Russia since the Cold War. His arrest comes amid the bitter tensions between Moscow and Washington over the fighting in Ukraine. Read more

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Taiwan's president begins US visit

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is expected to meet with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., during an upcoming tour of the Americas, prompting Chinese threats amid tense relations between Washington and Beijing. China threatened "resolute countermeasures" over the planned meeting between Tsai and McCarthy in Los Angeles. Tsai framed her 10-day trip as an attempt to show Taiwan’s commitment to democratic values on a global level. Tsai is expected to also transit through New York. Her two U.S. stops are the most closely watched visits on her tour. Read more

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrives at the boarding gate of the international airport in Taoyuan on March 29, 2023.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrives at the boarding gate of the international airport in Taoyuan on March 29, 2023.

Is this California's wettest winter ever?

A colossal amount of rain and snow has fallen on California over the past few months from a dozen atmospheric rivers: more than 78 trillion gallons of water and counting. It's not the wettest year the Golden State has ever seen, but it is a massive amount of water in a state that has been beset by drought for several years. The precipitation didn't fall evenly across the state, but if it did, it would have covered all of California with about 30 inches of water. Read more

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What to know about Jonathan Majors' arrest

Jonathan Majors' arrest is still a developing story, but that hasn't stopped the internet from jumping to conclusions. Majors, the 33-year-old “Creed III” star, was arrested over the weekend after an alleged domestic violence incident with a 30-year-old woman. The public response has been swift and severe. There were those who pointed the finger at the alleged victim, quickly attempting to discredit a woman who claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse, and those who labeled Majors as guilty, regardless of the murky details and the fact that Black men historically face more frequent and harsher punishments than their white counterparts. Read more

Jonathan Majors attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.
Jonathan Majors attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Photo of the day: King Charles III to speak to German parliament

Britain’s King Charles III will become the first monarch to speak before Germany’s parliament on Thursday. Charles is on his first foreign trip since becoming king. The three-day visit has a decidedly political purpose. The British government is trying to mend frayed ties with its continental partners following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. Read more

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes Britain's King Charles III at the chancellery in Berlin, Thursday, March 30, 2023.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes Britain's King Charles III at the chancellery in Berlin, Thursday, March 30, 2023.

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