The Morning Rundown

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Get up to speed on the stories leading the day. Join host Karah Rucker for a few minutes, five days a week, to stay ahead of the never-ending news cycle. Bringing you just the facts you need to know with reporting from Straight Arrow News.

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Following Iran's attack on Israel, the world waits for their next steps. For the first time, a former U.S. president faces criminal charges.

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Israeli war cabinet meets after Iran’s direct attack

General Michael Erik Kurilla, the U.S. Central Command's leader in the Middle East, arrived in Israel on Thursday. According to officials cited by The New York Times, General Kurilla will work closely with the Israeli military to prepare for Iran's expected retaliation, discuss the ongoing conflict with Hamas, and coordinate aid efforts.

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US sends top commander to Israel ahead of expected attack from Iran

Prominent figures come together at the White House as President Joe Biden hosts a state dinner for the Japanese Prime Minister.

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Biden hosts White House state dinner before trilateral summit

Arizona has enacted a ban on abortion at all stages of pregnancy following the state Supreme Court's decision to uphold an 1864 law that criminalizes the procedure. The court's 4-2 decision on Tuesday, April 9, makes all abortions illegal except when necessary to save a woman's life.

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Arizona Supreme Court rules 1864 near-total abortion ban can be enforced

Monday, April 8, saw significant developments in three of the four criminal cases involving former President Donald Trump. Special Counsel Jack Smith, leading the federal charges against Trump for efforts to overturn the 2020 election, urged the Supreme Court to dismiss Trump’s claims of immunity from prosecution.

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Trump’s criminal cases see day of court filings on immunity claim, bids to delay

Millions of Americans will witness a total solar eclipse today, the first in seven years, with the moon blocking the sun, darkening the sky.

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US to experience total solar eclipse for first time since 2017

Israel has pledged to establish three corridors, featuring the Erez Crossing in northern Gaza, to enhance the flow of humanitarian aid. This move comes after a phone conversation between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which Biden cautioned that U.S. policy toward Israel and the ongoing conflict in Gaza might shift unless Israel intensifies efforts to safeguard civilians and aid workers.

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Israel commits to opening crossing for aid after Biden warning

President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, in what's anticipated to be a tense conversation. This will be their first discussion since an Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed seven aid workers from the nonprofit World Central Kitchen, including a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen.

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Biden to speak with Netanyahu days after Israeli strike killed aid workers

At least nine people have died and more than 800 are injured following the most significant earthquake to strike Taiwan in 25 years, occurring Wednesday, April 3. The aftermath saw buildings tilting precariously, with rescuers employing ladders to reach those trapped inside. The event brought traffic to a halt and led to the suspension of train services throughout the island.

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7.4 magnitude earthquake rocks Taiwan, several dead

World Central Kitchen is suspending its aid operations in Gaza after several volunteers are killed.

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World Central Kitchen pauses aid operations in Gaza after 7 members killed

Israel withdraws its troops from Gaza's largest hospital after a two-week military operation.

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Israel withdraws troops from Gaza’s largest hospital after two-week operation

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators interrupt President Biden's celebrity-packed fundraising event at Radio City Music Hall. And, The Wall Street Journal marks one year of reporter Evan Gershkovich being held in a Russian prison.

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Pro-Palestinian protesters interrupt Biden’s star-studded NYC fundraiser

Two bodies are recovered in Baltimore's bridge collapse as crews continue a difficult search for four remaining victims. And, drivers are about to pay 15 bucks one-way every day just to enter this U.S. city.

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Two victims recovered after Baltimore bridge collapse

Six people are presumed dead after the major bridge collapse in Baltimore, and former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel is out at NBC News just days after joining the network.

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6 workers presumed dead in Baltimore bridge collapse

A major bridge collapses in Baltimore after being struck by a ship -- sending multiple people into the water. And, Homeland Security raids the homes of hip-hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs as part of an ongoing investigation. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

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Major bridge collapses in Baltimore after ship collision; search and rescue underway

The U.S. responds to Vladimir Putin's claims after dozens are killed in a terrorist attack at a Russia concert hall, and—NBC News' Chuck Todd calls out his own network for a recent hiring during 'Meet the Press.'

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Suspects in Russia concert hall attack appear in court

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Israel amid growing tension between the two countries

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Blinken arrives in Israel for tense talks on Gaza

Days after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called him an obstacle to peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Senate Republicans, and—Elon Musk's Neuralink posts a video of a patient playing chess using their mind.

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Netanyahu speaks with Senate Republicans days after Schumer’s speech

Hours after the Supreme Court rules that Texas's immigration law can take effect, it is now back on hold. And, charges have been dropped against the father of a late Marine who was arrested at the State of the Union.

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Texas immigration law paused again amid legal seesaw

The Supreme Court steps in to extend a block on Texas' immigration law. And, the biggest single prize in TV history will be up for grabs thanks to Amazon and a YouTube star. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

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Supreme Court extends hold on Texas’ immigration law

With a landslide victory in an election without real competition, Russian President Vladimir Putin secures another term in power. And, following a downturn during the pandemic, marriage rates in the U.S. are on the rise.

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Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election, 6 more years in power

A ruling is expected Friday, March 15, concerning the Georgia D.A. in former President Trump's election interference case. And, SpaceX's Starship rocket successfully launches into orbit but faces issues on its return to Earth. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Friday, March 15, 2024.

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Judge to rule on motion to disqualify Fulton County DA Fani Willis

Vice President Kamala Harris plans for a historic stop at an abortion clinic in Minnesota.

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Vice President Kamala Harris to tour Minnesota abortion clinic in historic visit

President Biden and former President Trump clinch their parties' nominations, setting up a rematch for the White House, and a rocket explodes in Japan just seconds after liftoff. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

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Biden, Trump set for historic presidential rematch after clinching nominations