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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend

From the Facebook data crisis to Trump's new policy on transgender troops, here are the weekend's top stories.
Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend
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More than 1 million rally in March for Our Lives

Well over 1 million students — and their supporters — packed the streets in Washington, D.C., and around the globe Saturday to make a statement against gun violence and call on lawmakers to pass stricter laws or face their wrath at the polls.  Busload after busload filled the nation's capital with students from across the country, including some from as far away as California and Minnesota , for March for Our Lives, a rally announced just days after a Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In passionate speeches, students from Marjory Stoneman gave a rallying cry to wild cheers from the thousands assembled along Pennsylvania Avenue. A tearful Emma Gonzalez, whose speech at a Florida rally three days after the shooting galvanized the movement, stood silently for several minutes before the crowd, a painful hush marking the little over six minutes it took for the gunman to snuff out 17 lives.

As Stormy Daniels appears on '60 Minutes,' her lawyer warns it's 'not the end'

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels' highly anticipated 60 Minutes interview is scheduled to air Sunday night after a weeks of intense publicity and cable news appearances by Daniel's lawyer Michael Avenatti, who suggested Sunday that more bombshells about her alleged tryst with President Trump could drop after it airs. "Tonight is not the end," Avenatti tweeted.  "It's the beginning." Avenatti has hinted repeatedly that Daniels may have evidence of the alleged affair with Trump, which she says began in 2006 and lasted into 2007.

French police officer who swapped places with hostage during attack dies

A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness." Col. Arnaud Beltrame was among the first officers to respond to the attack on the supermarket in the south of France on Friday.  15 people were injured in the attack, and the gunman was also killed. President Trump tweeted "thoughts and prayers" Saturday for the victims.

As Facebook's misuse crisis intensifies, Zuckerberg apologizes via ads

Under continued criticism, Facebook's founder took out full page ads to apologize to consumers for not properly securing their personal data. "This was a breach of trust, and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time ," Mark Zuckerberg said in the signed ad, which appeared in several U.S. and British newspapers Sunday. The ad refers to the misuse of 50 million Facebook profiles mined through a Cambridge University professor's app and later used, in violation of Facebook's terms of service, to promote Donald Trump's election campaign. You might want to delete your Facebook apps, by the way.  Even Cher and Elon Musk are doing it.

Loyola-Chicago, Michigan punch tickets to March Madness 'Final Four'

Loyola Chicago and NCAA tournament darling Sister Jean are headed to the Final Four after a convincing win over Kansas State. Loyola is just the sixth No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four, but the Ramblers have legitimate national championship hopes. Before that, they'll face a Michigan team that fought off Florida State to make the Final Four for the second time in John Beilein's coaching tenure. The Wolverines' defense was stifling, but the Seminoles' questionable late-game management left many scratching their heads. And after Michigan threw a little shade Sister Jean's way, we can't wait to see their matchup next weekend in San Antonio. 

Most transgender troops to be banned under new Pentagon policy

The White House and Pentagon unveiled a new policy on transgender troops late Friday that will severely restrict their place in the military. Pentagon officials had a deadline of Friday to put in place the new policy after months of consideration and court challenges. President Trump followed through and issued orders to ban transgender troops in all but extremely limited cases. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Trump a coward in response to the policy.

'Chicago Fire' mourns the death of star DuShon Monique Brown

DuShon Monique Brown, who played the no-nonsense assistant to the chief on the NBC drama Chicago Fire , died Friday at age 49. Chicago's Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed to USA TODAY that Brown died just after 12 p.m. on Friday at St James Olympia Fields hospital. No cause of death was given. An autopsy will be performed Saturday. Robert Schroeder, Brown's representative, said the star's "untimely death" was sudden and from "natural causes."


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