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Inside Daily Brief (Mar 18th, 2019)

1. A gun shop in Christchurch, New Zealand said it sold guns online to the man accused of killing 50 people in a massacre at two area mosques last week. The owner of Gun City said Monday that the sale of four guns and ammunition to Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was done using a "police-verified online mail order process." Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to announce gun reform laws in ten days, and the Cabinet, meeting on Monday, made an in-principle decision about gun law reforms. -- USA TODAY/NEW ZEALAND HERALD

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2. The federal Department of Transportation is investigating the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of the plane involved in two deadly crashes within six months. The investigation will study the Boeing 737 Max planes' automatic safety system, thought to play a role in October's Lion Air crash, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Ethiopian transport minister on Sunday said the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight, which killed all 157 people on board, showed a "clear similarity" with the Lion Air accident, in which 189 people were killed. -- WSJ/CNN

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3. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is trying for a third time to gain support from parliament on her Brexit deal after two failed attempts. Parliament voted last week to extend the March 29 deadline to withdraw from the European Union. May must convince 75 lawmakers to change their vote if she hopes to gain backing for her plan. A vote is expected to take place on Tuesday, just two days ahead of a planned EU leaders summit on Thursday. -- REUTERS 

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4. Multiple people were reported injured after a shooting Monday in a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, and the motive of terrorism isn't being excluded, police said. One person may have died, the BBC reported. Police said a manhunt has begun and no one has yet been detained. This is a developing story. -- AP

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5. Historic flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers has resulted in three deaths and has forced hundreds of residents from their homes. Heavy rains and melting snow were blamed for the flooding, which is expected to continue through mid-week. The Missouri River rose to a record 30.2 feet, breaching levees in two towns. Flood advisories remained in place Sunday in eastern Nebraska, southern Wisconsin and in some areas of Iowa. -- NBC

6. It's time for March Madness. Duke, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Virginia are this year's No. 1 seeds, and games begin on Tuesday and Wednesday in Ohio. More than 60 games will take place in less than three weeks as part of the annual NCAA college basketball tournament. -- CNN 

7. Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) will acquire Worldpay for $34 billion for the biggest transaction ever in the international payment industry, according to Bloomberg. FIS shareholders will own 53 percent of the company, while Worldpay shareholders will gain 47 percent. The combined company will have revenue of about $12 billion. -- BLOOMBERG 

8. Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested in connection with the shooting death of reported Gambino family crime boss Francesco Cali. The New York Times reported the March 13 shooting outside Cali's home might not be related to organized crime. Police told reporters they don't think the act was random. Cali's death was the first murder of a New York City crime boss in more than 30 years. -- USA TODAY

9. Daily low-dose aspirin is no longer recommended as a way for healthy older adults to prevent heart attacks. New guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association say doctors may consider aspirin for those thought to be high risk, such as patients who have difficulty controlling their cholesterol. The co-chair of the guidelines said that for healthy patients it's more important to optimize lifestyle factors and control cholesterol and blood pressure. -- CNN

10. A meteor--with ten times the energy of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb--has exploded in the Earth's atmosphere, according to a NASA scientist. The December explosion was the biggest since one near Russia six years ago. A fireball of such size isn't expected more than a couple of times every 100 years. -- BBC 

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This newsletter was curated by Adria Cimino, a Paris-based writer and reporter. Adria covered the European stock market for Bloomberg News for more than a decade and has written for Associated Press, Quartz and various newspapers in the U.S. What does she do for fun? More writing of course! She has written four novels, and you can keep up with her at her blog http://www.adriajcimino.com/ or on Twitter at @Adria_in_Paris

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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