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10 things you need to know today: April 14, 2016

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1.

Warriors end season with record 73rd win

The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 on Wednesday to end their season with 73 wins, breaking the single-season record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors finished the season 73-9, outdoing the 72-10 Bulls of the Michael Jordan era. The Warriors were led on Wednesday by reigning MVP Stephen Curry, who scored 46 points. Curry hit 10 three-pointers, giving him a record 402 for the season. [ESPN]

2.

Clinton and Sanders campaign in New York ahead of debate

The presidential candidates have descended on New York City ahead of next week's critical primary in the state. Sen. Bernie Sanders, energized by his first endorsement from a Senate colleague, trails Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in New York polls but rallied a crowd of 27,000 supporters on Wednesday promising "a surprise for the establishment." Clinton and Sanders meet Thursday night for a debate, their first in a more than a month and the last one scheduled between them. [The Associated Press, The Washington Post]

3.

Trump campaign manager reportedly won't be prosecuted on battery charge

The Palm Beach County, Florida, state attorney will not prosecute Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on a battery charge, according to reports citing sources familiar with the case. Former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields accused Lewandowski of grabbing her arm — leaving bruises — and moving her out of Trump's way during a March press conference. Police later charged Lewandowski with simple battery, and released video showing him grabbing fields. Prosecutors are expected to announce the decision Thursday. [CNN, Politico]

4.

Louisiana governor signs anti-discrimination order

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed an order on Wednesday protecting gay and transgender state employees and contract workers against discrimination. Edwards followed the lead of past Louisiana Democratic governors in using such an order because state law does not protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination. The move came as North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, faces a backlash after signing a law barring local governments from enacting ordinances to ban anti-LGBT discrimination. [Reuters]

5.

Frenchman accused of providing guns to Paris gunman

Spanish police arrested a Frenchman, Antoine Denive, on suspicion that he provided guns that Islamist extremist Amed Coulibaly used to kill four people at a kosher supermarket and a policewoman in a Paris suburb, Spanish officials said Wednesday. The attacks occurred in January 2015, a day after two other militants killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office. Denive left France several weeks after the attacks but allegedly continued illegally dealing arms from Spain. [Reuters]

6.

Charleston church shooting trial postponed

A South Carolina judge on Wednesday delayed the trial of Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine people at a historic black church in Charleston. Roof's attorneys had asked to postpone the state trial from this summer to January 2017 to provide more time for a psychological evaluation. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Roof also faces federal charges, but the federal trial also has been delayed as the Justice Department mulls whether to seek the death penalty. [NBC News]

7.

Judge sentences 'affluenza' teen to nearly two years in prison

A Texas judge on Wednesday sentenced Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense for a fatal drunken-driving wreck, to nearly two years in prison, 180 days each for the four people he killed in a 2013 crash. Couch was 16 at the time of the crash, which his lawyers blamed on a wealthy upbringing that made him unable to judge the consequences of his actions. He had been sentenced to probation, but violated it last year by going to Mexico. The judge said he could reconsider the sentence before making a final ruling in two weeks. [The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post]

8.

ISIS threatens Clinton aide and Muslim politician

The Islamic State made death threats against longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) in the latest issue of the Islamist terrorist organization's English-language magazine. ISIS included Abedin and Ellison, both Muslims, on a list of "overt crusaders" and "apostates" to be killed. The list also includes officials from the U.S., Britain, and other Western countries. [The Hill]

9.

Health officials confirm Zika link to birth defect

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday that the mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause a devastating birth defect in babies born to infected women. The birth defect, microcephaly, results in abnormally small heads, and brain damage. "There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly," said the CDC's director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. "Never before in history has there been a situation where a bite from a mosquito can result in a devastating malformation." [The New York Times]

10.

Kobe Bryant scores 60 in farewell game

Kobe Bryant scored a season-best 60 points and led the Los Angeles Lakers to a comeback 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz in the final game of his 20-year career on Wednesday. The 18-time All Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist led the Lakers to five NBA championships. The Lakers were ending the worst season in their history, but Bryant's farewell offered a reminder of those glory days. "The coolest thing is that my kids actually saw me play like I used to play," said Bryant, the NBA's third-leading all-time scorer. [Los Angeles Times, The New York Times]