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KNOW IT ALL: Wednesday’s Top 7 Stories at NBC News

Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:

1. RNC to Donald Trump: 'Give Us All a Break'

The Republican National Committee's chairman fired back at Trump late Tuesday after the billionaire White House hopeful claimed the party's process for selecting a presidential candidate was "stacked against me." Read more in POLITICS.

2. Paul Ryan Says 'Count Me Out' of 2016 Race

The House speaker does not want to be the Republican Party's presidential candidate, as he made clear again Tuesday when he ruled out the possibility of accepting the nomination at the GOP convention in July. Read more in POLITICS.

Paul Ryan Says 'Count Me Out' of 2016 Race 0:47

3. Loaded Gun Found in Slain Saints Player's Car

New Orleans investigators recovered a fully loaded 9mm handgun from the car that New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was driving before he was fatally shot, police said. Smith was killed Saturday night in an apparent road rage incident. Read more in NEWS.

4. Nearly 40,000 Verizon Workers Go on Strike

Workers from Massachusetts to Virginia — represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — began their strike early Wednesday. "Through our hard work, Verizon is making record profits while our families are left with threats to our jobs and our customers aren't getting the service they need," one CWA member said. Read more in BUSINESS.

5. North Carolina Walks Back Parts of Controversial Law

Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday attempted to walk back parts of a controversial law that is seen as discriminatory to LGBT people — yet reinforced a provision in the law that restricts transgender people from using the bathroom that aligns with their identification. Read more in NEWS.

6. Law Firm Raided by Organized Crime Prosecutors

Prosecutors raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm Tuesday looking for evidence of money laundering and financing terrorism following a leak of documents about tax havens it set up for wealthy international clients. Read more in NEWS.

7. Suspect in Killing of Mom Says He Blacked Out

John Robert Charlton, the Seattle man suspected of having killed a Washington mother and chopping up her body, told police he blacked out after their date and doesn't remember what happened, according to court documents. Read more in NEWS.

Nightly Spotlight

Jack Dorshaw still flies every weekend and has spent much of his 96 years in a cockpit, but he still had a lifelong wish that went unfulfilled — until now.

Veteran Combat Pilot, 96, Fulfills Dream of Flying Fighter Jet 1:58