5 things for March 12: Gun proposals, East River helicopter crash, Xi Jinping

WH unveils gun and school safety proposal
WH unveils gun and school safety proposal

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Gun debate

The White House trotted out new gun and school safety proposals that include arming teachers and improving background checks. But these new proposals don't include an idea that President Trump -- after the Parkland school shooting -- originally said he would support: increasing the minimum age to buy certain guns. The proposals also include the creation of a commission to look at other school violence prevention measures. But if you remember from the President's freewheeling campaign rally over the weekend, he called blue-ribbon committees just "talk, talk, talk."

    New York helicopter crash

    Five people died when a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the icy East River. The pilot, who was able to free himself, was the crash's only survivor. The copter was upside-down and submerged when first responders got to it. The victims were tightly harnessed inside the helicopter and had to be cut out. In a mayday call right before the crash, the pilot said the helicopter was having engine failure.
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    California hostage deaths

    The man who killed three women at a Northern California veterans' home was bipolar and had anger issues. Albert Wong, a veteran, held three employees of the home hostage before killing them. He had been kicked out of the home, which helps post-9/11 vets get back to civilian life, after he threatened one of the women. Wong's brother said he "wanted to get back at them, talk to them, yell at them, not to kill them." The victims, who were dedicated to helping vets with mental health issues, were remembered as "beautiful people."
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    Source: Gunman previously threatened a victim

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    UK and Russia

    Britian's National Security Council meets today to figure out how to respond to the poisoning of an ex-Russian double agent and his adult daughter. All signs point to Russia being involved in the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. If that can be proven, the UK government reportedly may retaliate with sanctions and diplomatic expulsions. Such moves would put UK-Russia relations at the lowest point since the end of the Cold War.
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    China

    It's official. Chinese President Xi Jinping can serve for the rest of his life if he wants to. Yesterday, China's parliament voted to end presidential term limits. The country's Communist Party said the change, which sparked a backlash, was necessary to align the presidency with Xi's other posts -- head of the party and the military, which have no term limits. Xi is already being hailed as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, who ruled the country for decades.
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    BREAKFAST BROWSE

    The kindest cut
    The busy waitress took the time out to cut an elderly diner's ham. Her kindness, with a little help from social media, helped her win a scholarship.
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    Swan song
    We haven't heard the last of Dolores O'Riordan. The late singer's band The Cranberries is putting out a final album with some of her unreleased vocals.
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    Mission to Mars
    Seems like SpaceX can do just about anything, but can it really fly a ship to Mars next year? Oh yes, says Elon Musk.
    Should humans even try to move to Mars?
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    Role reversal
    A Confederate monument is out and Harriet Tubman is in at a park in Baltimore near John Hopkins University.
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    I'd like to thank the Academy ...
    In the best picture mix-up at last year's Oscars, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins never got to give his acceptance speech -- until now.
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    QUOTE OF THE DAY

    "I couldn't care less."
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling NBC's Megyn Kelly how he really feels about accusations Russia meddled in the 2016 US election.
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    NUMBER OF THE DAY

    3
    The number of nor'easters the Northeast has faced down in 10 days. The latest storm hits tonight and will bring snow and wind to New England.
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    AND FINALLY ...

    Absolutely adorable
    Cuteness alert! Let's start this week off with something delightful, like these emperor penguins doing a selfie in Antarctica. (Click to view)