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10 things you need to know today: April 3, 2012
Santorum vows to stay in the race, a campus gunman kills seven in California, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion
 
Rick Santorum: Not letting up on Mitt Romney any time soon
Rick Santorum: Not letting up on Mitt Romney any time soon
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1. SANTORUM PLANS TO CAMPAIGN INTO MAY
Rick Santorum says his campaign can and will survive the many April primaries in states that are less conservative and more favorable to Mitt Romney. Santorum is vowing to hold out until May, when a number of more conservative states in the South hold their nominating contests. Today, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. all hold their nominating contests, and Romney is ahead in the polls in all three. All eyes are on the race in Wisconsin, where Santorum was leading until recently. [Politico]
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2. SEVEN DEAD IN CAMPUS SHOOTING
A gunman opened fire on the campus of a small Christian university in northern California on Monday, killing at least seven people. The suspect, former nursing student, One L. Goh, 43, surrendered an hour later at a supermarket a few miles from Oikos University. Police Chief Howard Jordan called it an "extremely chaotic scene" and said "this unprecedented tragedy was shocking and senseless." The shooter's motive is unclear. [Associated Press]
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3. U.S. OFFERS $10 MILLION FOR TERROR SUSPECT
The U.S. is offering a $10 million bounty for "information leading to the arrest and conviction" of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the head of a Pakistani militant group believed to be behind 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, that left 166 dead. The only man with a higher price on his head is al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, whose bounty is $25 million. [Associated Press]
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4. SYRIA AGREES TO APRIL 10 PEACE DEADLINE
The Syrian government says it will withdraw weapons and troops from cities by April 10. U.N. officials say this could be a key step toward ending the violence that has consumed the country for over a year, but many rebels and foreign leaders doubt President Bashar al-Assad will keep his word. [Associated Press]
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5. COLOMBIAN REBELS RELEASE 10 HOSTAGES
Colombia's leftist FARC rebels released 10 police and military hostages Monday, some of whom had been held for as long as 14 years. Colombian President Juan Manual Santos said he appreciated the move but that it was "not enough" to justify opening direct talks with the insurgent group, which still holds an unknown number of civilian hostages. [BBC]
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6. HIGH COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF STRIP-SEARCHES
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that prison and jail officials may strip-search suspects arrested for any offense before detaining them. [New York Times]
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7. ENHANCED VIDEO SHOWS ZIMMERMAN HEAD WOUND
In the latest twist in the Trayvon Martin case, enhanced surveillance video footage appears to show an injury on the back of shooter George Zimmerman's head. Zimmerman has said that Martin slammed his head against the sidewalk before he shot and killed the teen in self-defense, a claim the new evidence would seem to support. [CNN]
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8. KENTUCKY WINS NCAA TITLE
The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 to take the NCAA men's basketball championship on Monday night. [Washington Post]
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9. BURGER KING LAUNCHES NEW MENU
The struggling burger chain is launching a new line of chicken strips, smoothies, frappe coffees, and snack wraps. The offerings, part of the company's biggest menu expansion ever, are similar to items McDonald's has already added to its line-up of burgers, fries, and salads. [Associated Press]
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10. CONSUMER REPORTS PRAISES NEW IPAD
Consumer Reports has traditionally been hard on Apple gadgets, but it's high on the new iPad, saying it has "established a new benchmark of excellence." The magazine downgraded rival tablets' ratings to "very good" and gave the iPad an "excellent" rating. [Washington Post]

 

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