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By The Associated Press | Updated - Mar 15th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Mar 14th, 2019 @ 10:45pm



CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A Super Rugby match between the Christchurch-based Crusaders and the Dunedin-based Highlanders has been canceled in the wake of the shootings at two mosques that killed 49 people. New Zealand Rugby spokesman Nigel Cass said the decision to cancel Saturday's game in Dunedin was made after an urgent meeting involving both teams, venue management and police. Cass said police advised that the game could go ahead but both teams agreed to not proceed with the match as a mark of respect.

SYDNEY (AP) — The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. And he is a proud racist who was inspired by attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims. He wanted revenge, and he wanted to create fear. He also, quite clearly, wanted attention.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, rejecting an effort by Congress to block the emergency declaration he had used to try to shake loose funds for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The monthslong confrontation now moves to the courts. A dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats in approving the joint resolution, but it is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump's veto.

VERNON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say four tornadoes touched down in mid-Michigan during a fast-moving storm that swept across the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Danny Costello says two tornadoes struck Thursday in Shiawassee County. Homes were reported damaged, while power was knocked out to thousands of utility customers. Two tornadoes also touched down in nearby Genesee County. No injuries have been reported.

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is playing down any threat posed by racist white nationalism after the gunman accused of the New Zealand mosque massacre called the president "a symbol of renewed white identity." Trump, whose own previous responses to the movement have drawn scrutiny, expressed sympathy for the victims who died at "places of worship turned into scenes of evil killing."

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