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FILE - In this July 9, 2017, file photo, Tony Clark, head of the MLB Players Association, stands on the field before the All-Star Futures baseball game in Miami. Union head Tony Clark says he applauds the Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to give minor league players a 50 percent raise and hopes that other clubs will follow suit. Representatives from the players’ association made a scheduled visit to Blue Jays spring training camp Monday, March 18, 2019, a day after The Athletic reported the team planned to provide raises for all minor league players, some of whom made as little as $1,100 per month in recent seasons.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Union head praises Jays for raising minor league pay by halfUnion head Tony Clark lauds Blue Jays for giving minor leaguers 50 percent raise
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during a meeting with local residents in Simferopol, Crimea, Monday, March 18, 2019. Putin visited Crimea to mark the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by visiting the Black Sea peninsula. (Yuri Kadobnov/Pool Photo via AP)
Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexationPresident Vladimir Putin is marking the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by visiting the Black Sea peninsula
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CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME - This image made available on Monday March 18, 2019 from the Twitter page of Police Utrecht shows an image of 37 year old Gokmen Tanis, who police are looking for in connection with a shooting incident on a tram. Police, including heavily armed officers, flooded the area after the shooting Monday morning on a tram at a busy traffic intersection in a residential neighborhood. (Police Utrecht via AP)
Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor fears terrorismA suspect is under arrest in a shooting that killed three people and wounded five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht
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Andre Williams, who co-wrote 'Shake A Tail Feather,' diesAndre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote "Shake A Tail Feather" and performed across musical genres, has died at 82
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Democrats urge FBI probe of spa owner offering Trump accessTop Democrats in the House and Senate are urging the FBI to investigate a donor to President Donald Trump who is the founder and one-time owner of a spa implicated in a human-trafficking ring
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Today in History

Today is Monday, March 18, the 77th day of 2019. There are 288 days left in the year.

March 18, 1965

the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov went outside his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.

1766

Britain repealed the Stamp Act of 1765.

1925

the Tri-State Tornado struck southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois and southwestern Indiana, resulting in some 700 deaths.

1937

in America's worst school disaster, nearly 300 people, most of them children, were killed in a natural gas explosion at the New London Consolidated School in Rusk County, Texas.

1938

Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas nationalized his country's petroleum reserves and took control of foreign-owned oil facilities.

1940

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass, where the Italian dictator agreed to join Germany's war against France and Britain.

1942

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the War Relocation Authority, which was put in charge of interning Japanese-Americans, with Milton S. Eisenhower (the younger brother of Dwight D. Eisenhower) as its director.

1959

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill. (Hawaii became a state on Aug. 21, 1959.)

1963

the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gideon v. Wainwright, ruled unanimously that state courts were required to provide legal counsel to criminal defendants who could not afford to hire an attorney on their own.

1980

Frank Gotti, the 12-year-old youngest son of mobster John Gotti, was struck and killed by a car driven by John Favara, a neighbor in Queens, New York. (The following July, Favara vanished, the apparent victim of a gang hit.)

2002

Brittanie Cecil died two days short of her 14th birthday after being hit in the head by a puck at a game between the host Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames; it was apparently the first such fan fatality in NHL history.

2005

Doctors in Florida, acting on orders of a state judge, removed Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. (Despite the efforts of congressional Republicans to intervene and repeated court appeals by Schiavo's parents, the brain-damaged woman died on March 31, 2005, at age 41.)

2017

Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven," died at his home west of St. Louis at age 90.

Ten years ago:

Under intense pressure from the Obama administration and Congress, the head of bailed-out insurance giant AIG, Edward Liddy, told Congress that some of the firm's executives had begun returning all or part of bonuses totaling $165 million. Tony-winning actress Natasha Richardson, 45, died at a New York hospital two days after suffering a head injury while skiing in Canada.

Five years ago:

With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia, provoking denunciations from the Western leaders who called Putin a threat to the world. Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary in his bid for Illinois governor (he went on to defeat the Democratic incumbent, Pat Quinn). A KOMO-TV news helicopter crashed and burst into flames near Seattle's Space Needle, killing both people on board.

One year ago:

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle; Uber suspended its autonomous vehicle testing program in Arizona, California, Pittsburgh and Toronto after the crash. Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory for six more years as Russia's president. The fourth in a series of bombings in Austin, Texas, left two people injured; authorities said it was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire. "Black Panther" became the first film since "Avatar" in 2009 to top the weekend box office for five weeks in a row.

Today's Birthdays:

Composer John Kander is 92. Country singer Charley Pride is 85. Nobel peace laureate and former South African president F.W. de Klerk is 83. Country singer Margie Bowes is 78. Actor Kevin Dobson is 76. Actor Brad Dourif is 69. Jazz musician Bill Frisell is 68. Singer Irene Cara is 60. Alt-country musician Karen Grotberg (The Jayhawks) is 60. Movie writer-director Luc Besson is 60. Actor Geoffrey Owens is 58. Actor Thomas Ian Griffith is 57. Singer-songwriter James McMurtry is 57. TV personality Mike Rowe is 57. Singer-actress Vanessa L. Williams is 56. Olympic gold medal speedskater Bonnie Blair is 55. Country musician Scott Saunders (Sons of the Desert) is 55. Actor David Cubitt is 54. Rock musician Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) is 53. Rock singer-musician Miki Berenyi (ber-EN'-ee) is 52. Actor Michael Bergin is 50. Rapper-actress-talk show host Queen Latifah is 49. Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) is 47. Actor-comedian Dane Cook is 47. Country singer Philip Sweet (Little Big Town) is 45. Rock musician Stuart Zender is 45. Singers Evan and Jaron Lowenstein are 45. Actress-singer-dancer Sutton Foster is 44. Rock singer Adam Levine (Maroon 5) is 40. Rock musician Daren Taylor (Airborne Toxic Event) is 39. Olympic gold medal figure skater Alexei Yagudin is 39. Actor Adam Pally is 37. Actor Cornelius Smith Jr. is 37. Actor Duane Henry (TV: "NCIS") is 34. Actress Lily Collins is 30. Actress-dancer Julia Goldani Telles is 24. Actress Ciara Bravo is 22. Actor Blake Garrett Rosenthal is 15.

Thought for Today:

"It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing — that's the Lord's test." — Mahalia Jackson, American gospel singer (1911-1972).

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