7 things to know now: Gorsuch vote; March Madness Monday; tornado kills mom, 3-year-old


7 things to know now: Gorsuch vote; March Madness Monday; tornado kills mom, 3-year-old

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The remains of a trailer lie where a woman and her 3-year-old daughter were killed during a severe storm, in Breaux Bridge, La., Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Gorsuch voting begins: A Senate panel will vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The first vote in the process is expected to be along party lines in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which meets Monday afternoon. The vote of the full Senate on Gorsuch’s nomination to fill the seat made vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia is set for Friday.

2. March Madness: The NCAA Men’s Championship game is set for Monday night in Phoenix, Arizona. The North Carolina Tar Heels will take on the Bulldogs from Gonzaga. The game will tip-off around 9:20 p.m. ET. It’s Gonzaga’s first trip to a national championship. Click here to see the details of tonight’s game. 

3. Assange will stay: With the election of Lenin Moreno as president of Ecuador, it is likely that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be able to remain in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Moreno won by a narrow margin – 51 percent – over conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso. Lasso had vowed to have Assange removed from the embassy. Assange was granted asylum in 2012, and has been at the embassy since then.

4. Flood kills hundreds: A flood in Mocoa, Colombia, has killed at least 207 people and injured 200 more. Those numbers are expected to increase, as government officials say hundreds are still unaccounted for. Five inches of rain on Friday night triggered the flood. The area generally gets around two inches of rain in the entire month of March.

5. Severe storms in the South: A tornado in Louisiana Sunday flipped a mobile home, killing a woman and her 3-year-old daughter. The storm system is that spawned the tornado is a slow-moving one. A wide swath of the South is under the threat of severe storms on Monday and residents are urged to keep listening for weather alerts.

And one more

The Academy of Country Music handed out its annual awards on Sunday, with Jason Aldean being named entertainer of the year for a second consecutive year. Miranda Lambert won for female vocalist of the year, and Thomas Rhett won for male vocalist of the year. Best single was Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” 

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