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10 things you need to know today: March 27, 2016

Julie Kliegman
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Bernie Sanders sweeps Saturday caucuses

Bernie Sanders easily won presidential caucuses in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii on Saturday. He won 73 percent of the vote in Washington, 82 percent in Alaska, and 70 percent in Hawaii. The dominant performance was expected by Sanders, who typically fares well in largely white states. Clinton still holds a sizable delegate lead over the Vermont senator. [The New York Times, Politico]


Prosecutors charge 3 Brussels suspects

Belgian prosecutors charged a man the media identified as Fayçal Cheffou with participating in a terrorist group and in terrorist murders Saturday. Cheffou, who authorities say was heavily involved in Tuesday's deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, is reportedly an independent journalist. Prosecutors also charged men identified as Rabah N. and Aboubakar A. with "involvement in the activities of a terrorist group." [The New York Times, The Associated Press]


Pope urges use of 'weapons of love' in Easter Mass

In his Easter Sunday Mass, Pope Francis called on the need for "weapons of love" in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Belgium and others worldwide. "May [Jesus] draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to shed blood in different parts of the world," he said from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. [The Associated Press, Reuters]


Senate Republicans reportedly willing to accept questionnaire from Merrick Garland

A spokeswoman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the committee expects the White House to send over a questionnaire from Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, a tentative sign that Republican leaders may move forward with the nomination process. "We are heartened by this development," a White House spokeswoman said. Republicans are still arguing that President Obama's successor should replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. [BuzzFeed News]


Organizers cancel Brussels peace march

At authorities' request due to security concerns, organizers canceled a Brussels peace march scheduled for Sunday. The rally was meant to commemorate the victims of Tuesday's deadly terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital. Officials said police didn't have the manpower to adequately cover the rally, expected to draw a crowd of thousands, while still focused on anti-terror operations. [CNN, ABC News]


Poll: Donald Trump leads in California

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is leading in support from GOP voters ahead of the state's June 7 primary contest, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Trump notched 37 percent support. Ted Cruz and John Kasich followed with 30 percent and 12 percent, respectively. State Republicans haven't had a fully contested June primary since 1964. [Los Angeles Times]


Pakistan, Iran vow to up trade

Pakistan and Iran will aim to increase annual trade to $5 billion in the next five years, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday. Sharif met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in two days of talks that included agreeing to a strategic action plan. Trade between the two nations has fallen in recent years, given the West's sanctions on Iran — most of which were lifted in January — to stop development of a nuclear bomb. [Reuters]


Tribeca Film Festival pulls anti-vax documentary

After facing criticism, Tribeca Film Festival pulled an anti-vaccine documentary from its lineup. Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is a look at a link between autism and vaccinations, a notion that has been widely disproved by reputable scientists. The documentary was made by Andrew Wakefield, who has had his study retracted and his medical license revoked. [The New York Times]


Mexicans burn Donald Trump effigies in Easter celebrations

Across Mexico, people celebrating Easter took part in a Holy Week tradition Saturday that involves burning figures representing Judas Iscariot, who the Bible says betrayed Jesus Christ. This year, many effigies bore a likeness to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, who has been notoriously combative toward neighboring Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto has said his country will not pay for the wall that Trump wants to build to keep out illegal immigrants. [The Washington Post, Reuters]


Villanova, Oklahoma advance to Final Four

No. 2 Villanova topped overall No. 1 Kansas 64-59 on Saturday. Down by 2 points with 34 seconds left, Jayhawks sophomore guard Devonte' Graham was called for a kicked ball, his fifth foul of the game. Seconds later Kansas pulled to within 1 point, but the Wildcats' defense prevailed. Elsewhere Saturday, No. 2 Oklahoma knocked off No. 1 Oregon 80-68, led by senior guard Buddy Hield, who notched 37 points. Catch the other two Elite Eight matchups Sunday on TBS — Virginia-Syracuse at 6:09 p.m. ET and UNC-Notre Dame at 8:49. [SB Nation, The Associated Press]