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10 things you need to know today: April 12, 2016

Trump says GOP delegate selection is "rigged," health officials warn Zika is "scarier" than first believed, and more


Trump complains GOP delegate selection is 'rigged'

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump lashed out Monday at what he said were unfair party rules on selecting delegates to the presidential nominating convention, after his rival Sen. Ted Cruz secured all 34 of Colorado's delegates. "The system is rigged, it's crooked," Trump said on Fox News. Trump still leads Cruz 743 delegates to 545, but Cruz's campaign has outmaneuvered Trump's in Colorado and other states where delegates are not selected by popular vote, increasing the odds of a convention floor fight for the nomination. Cruz said Trump should stop "whining" about the process.


Zika virus 'scarier' than once thought, official says

The threat in the U.S. from the mosquito-borne Zika virus is "a bit scarier than we initially thought," Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday. The virus has now been linked to several birth defects in addition to microcephaly, which causes smaller brain size. The range of the mosquitoes that transmit Zika has been determined to include at least parts of 30 states, not just the 12 estimated earlier.


Brazil panel advances impeachment case against President Rousseff

A congressional committee in Brazil on Monday voted to recommend impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, clearing the way for a vote in the full Chamber of Deputies on Sunday on whether to send the matter to the Senate for a trial. The 38-27 vote was slightly more lopsided than expected. Rousseff and allies argue that the effort to impeach her amounts to an attempted coup. Her opponents say she used funds from state banks to cover budget gaps, which she denies.


Obama designates national monument honoring women's equality

President Obama is marking Equal Pay Day on Tuesday by designating the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum as a national monument. The building in Washington, D.C., has housed the National Women's Party since 1929. Party members wrote hundreds of pieces of local, state, and federal legislation in the house supporting equal rights for women. The group has been dedicated to education since 1997. The Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument honors activist and suffragist Alva Belmont and party founder Alice Paul.


Trump floats Rubio, Kasich, and Walker as possible VPs

Donald Trump admits that the former and current 2016 rivals he'd like for vice president — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — might not necessarily like him. "There are people I have in mind in terms of vice president," Trump said in an interview with USA Today. "I just haven't told anybody names... I do like Marco. I do like Kasich... I like Walker actually in a lot of ways. I hit him very hard... But I've always liked him. There are people I like, but I don't think they like me because I have hit them hard."


Texas attorney general charged with securities fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed civil fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on charges of defrauding wealthy high-tech start-up investors. Paxton is accused of helping Severgy Inc. raise $840,000, and failing to tell investors he was being compensated with stock. Paxton's attorney, Bill Mateja, said his client "vehemently denies" he did anything wrong. Paxton, a Republican, says he will plead not guilty, and won't resign.


Belgium charges two more linked to alleged terrorist safe house

Belgium has charged two more suspects with terrorism in connection with the rental of an alleged safe house linked to the March 22 Brussels bombings that killed 32 people, Belgian prosecutors said Tuesday. The men, identified as Smail F. and Ibrahim F., were seen in security camera footage carrying several bags out of the house the day after the attacks. Four other suspects were arrested last Friday. One, Mohamed Abrini, allegedly confessed to planting a bomb at Brussels airport.


Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in risky mortgages settlement

Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $5 billion to settle claims that it misled investors about residential mortgage-backed securities between 2007 and 2009, the Justice Department said Monday. The deal requires the investment bank to pay about $2.4 billion in civil penalties, and $1.8 billion to homeowners and other borrowers hit hard by the housing crisis. "We are pleased to put these legacy matters behind us," a Goldman spokesman said.


'Dog whisperer' Cesar Millan won't face animal cruelty charge

Los Angeles authorities said Monday that they had finished an investigation into animal cruelty accusations against "dog whisperer" Cesar Millan and would not file charges against the celebrity pet trainer. The investigation stemmed from an incident in which a pot-bellied pig was bitten by a French bulldog during an episode of Millan's TV show. Later in the show, the same pig appeared to have been leashed to the dog on a walk intended to get the pet to get along with pigs.


Court restores Utah's polygamy ban in defeat for Sister Wives family

A federal appeals court restored Utah's polygamy ban on Monday, reversing a 2013 district court ruling that the ban violated polygamists' religious freedom and privacy rights. The latest decision marked a big defeat for the Brown family of the reality TV show Sister Wives, who filed the lawsuit challenging Utah's law against living with more than one "spouse," even if only legally married to one. The appeals court said the lower court should never have considered the Browns' lawsuit, because they were never charged with a crime.


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