10 things you need to know today: April 14, 2014

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1. Three die in shootings at Kansas City Jewish community centers

Three people, including 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and his grandfather William Lewis Corporon, were shot to death at two Jewish community facilities outside Kansas City on Sunday. The suspect — Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller — shouted, "Heil, Hitler!" as he was arrested. The Southern Poverty Law Center described him as a "raging anti-Semite" with past ties in the Klu Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups.


2. Bubba Watson takes his second Masters title

Bubba Watson won the Masters golf championship on Sunday, surging to a three-shot victory on the final day of the tournament. It was Watson's second Masters win. He won his first green jacket two years ago in his first major tournament victory. He started the day even with Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old Texan who was playing in his first Masters and trying to become the storied tournament's youngest winner ever.

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3. U.N. climate report suggests ways to halt warming

World leaders must take action by 2020 to stop the most severe effects of rising global temperatures, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report released Sunday. The mitigation report includes 1,200 scenarios in which damage from global warming could be contained by 2100 through such measures as growing forests to pull carbon out of the air and painting roofs so they absorb less heat.

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4. Ukraine threatens military action against separatists

Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov on Monday threatened military action to thwart pro-Russian separatists who ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied local government buildings. Another group of about 100 separatists attacked a police headquarters in the city of Horlivka on Monday. The tensions and weekend violence dropped Russia's currency, the ruble, to its lowest level in three weeks.

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5. Robotic sub dispatched to hunt for missing plane

The six-week search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 enters a new phase Monday, as an underwater drone is deployed to scour the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean. The Bluefin 21 autonomous underwater vehicle will search the area where four signals were detected from the plane's black-box recorders, which have since probably run out of battery power. "It is time to go underwater," said Angus Houston, head of the search effort.

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6. Sebelius concedes date for launching HealthCare.gov was "flat-out wrong"

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended ObamaCare on Sunday in her first interview since announcing her resignation, saying that President Obama's signature health-care law gave millions of Americans their first "competitive choices" in the insurance market. She repeated admissions that the ObamaCare website's rollout was "terribly flawed," saying the judgment that it was ready to launch on Oct. 1 was "flat-out wrong."

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7. Woman accused of murder after babies bodies found in her former home

A woman was arrested over the weekend in Utah after police found the bodies of seven infants packed in cardboard boxes in a Utah home where she used to live. The suspect, Megan Huntsman, was charged with six counts of murder. Authorities said they believed Huntsman gave birth to the babies between 1996 and 2006 and killed them. A family member called police after discovering the first body while cleaning out the garage.

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8. Death toll rises in Chile fire

The death toll from a massive fire in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso rose to 12 on Sunday. The blaze, fanned by Pacific coast winds, destroyed 2,000 houses as it consumed 1,700 acres of forest and residential neighborhoods. Crews battled the fire on Sunday, a day after it started, by dropping water from planes and helicopters. "We are looking for something to remember our home by," one resident said, "but there's nothing."


9. Libyan prime minister quits days after being picked

Libya's newly appointed interim prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, abruptly stepped down on Sunday, less than a week after being named to the post. Al-Thinni said he and his family had been victims of a "cowardly" shooting on Saturday that "terrified people in a residential area and endangered the lives of some." He said he couldn't "accept a single drop of Libyan blood be shed" over him, and apologized for leaving the job.


10. Hunger Games takes top prizes at MTV Movie Awards

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took the top award — movie of the year — at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night. The film's stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcheson, also won the prizes for top female and male performers. Jared Leto won for best on-screen transformation in his Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club role, and Mila Kunis, the wicked witch in Oz the Great and Powerful, took home the golden popcorn trophy for best villain.

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Harold Maass

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at TheWeek.com. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 launch of the U.S. print edition. Harold has worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, Fox News, and ABC News. For several years, he wrote a daily round-up of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.