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10 things you need to know today: April 4, 2012

Romney wins three more primaries, tornadoes hit Dallas, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion

1. ROMNEY SWEEPS THREE STATESMitt Romney made a big step toward wrapping up the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and winning the majority of the 100 delegates at stake in the three contests. In another sign that Romney is the one, President Obama singled him out in a major speech on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget proposal, noting Romney's support for what he called "social Darwinism" and a "prescription for decline." Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is focusing on reviving his campaign in his home state of Pennsylvania, which holds its primary on April 24. [New York Times]………………………………………………………………………………

2. TORNADOES TERRORIZE DALLAS Between six and 13 tornadoes are thought to have touched down in north Texas on Tuesday, destroying at least 150 homes, sucking tractor-trailers into the air, and wreaking havoc on hundreds of flights at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. As of early Wednesday, there were no reports of any deaths associated with the twisters. [CNN]………………………………………………………………………………

3. TEN DIE IN AFGHANISTAN SUICIDE BOMBINGAt least 10 people were killed Wednesday in northern Afghanistan in an attack by a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle. Dozens more were injured. Details are still emerging, but NATO says three service members were among the dead. [Associated Press]………………………………………………………………………………

4. FED'S COMMENTS DRAG DOWN STOCKS Stocks are expected to open lower Wednesday following the release of details from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting. The minutes from the meeting suggest the Fed is unlikely to offer any new economic stimulus. Some investors had hoped for another round of quantitative easing. [CNN]………………………………………………………………………………

5. SOMALI SUICIDE BOMBING KILLS SPORTS OFFICIALS Early Wednesday, a suicide bomber killed at least 10 people in Mogadishu at a ceremony at the national theater. The president of Somalia's soccer federation and the president of the country's Olympic committee were among the dead. [Associated Press]………………………………………………………………………………

6. DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT OAKLAND SHOOTING SUSPECT Police have begun releasing details about One L. Goh, the 43-year-old South Korean national accused of shooting and killing seven people at a small Christian college in Northern California this week. Police say Goh had recently been expelled from the college "for behavioral problems" and "anger management," and felt ostracized for his broken English. [Los Angeles Times]………………………………………………………………………………

7. FRENCH ARREST 10 SUSPECTED TERRORISTSOn Wednesday, French police arrested 10 people with suspected links to radical Islamist websites. It was the latest action in a terrorism crackdown across France following a series of recent attacks. [Associated Press]………………………………………………………………………………

8. DOCTORS RECOMMEND FEWER TESTS A coalition of nine medical specialty boards is expected to recommend Wednesday that dozens of common tests and procedures be performed less frequently. The recommendations are seen as an acknowledgement that many expensive tests are performed unnecessarily, potentially harming patients and vastly inflating the cost of health care. [New York Times]………………………………………………………………………………

9. BAYLOR WINS WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPBaylor beat Notre Dame 80-61 on Tuesday night to win the NCAA women's basketball championship. The victory topped off a historic 40-0 season for the Lady Bears. They're the first women's team in NCAA history to win 40 games and the seventh to go undefeated. [Associated Press]………………………………………………………………………………

10. INSTAGRAM FINALLY AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID The wildly popular photo-tinting and sharing app is now available for Android. It was previously exclusive to Apple gadgets. Since launching in 2010, Instagram has racked up more than 30 million users and more than 1 billion photo uploads. [CNET]

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