10 Things to know for Monday, April 12

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENTS SAY EASTERN UKRAINE APPROVES SOVEREIGNTY
  But with no international election monitors in place during voting, it is all but impossible to verify the insurgents’ claims about the referendum results. UKRAINE

2. FOR BRAZIL’S WORLD CUP, CORRUPTION RUNNETH OVER
An Associated Press analysis of data shows lead builder of Brasilia’s stadium increased its political donations 500-fold in the most recent election. BRAZIL-CORRUPTION AND THE CUP

3. WHY MICHAEL SAM’S DRAFT KISS IS GROUNDBREAKING
Millions watched the first openly-gay NFL player kiss his boyfriend when he got drafted by the Rams—and for ESPN and the NFL Network, showing the kiss was a non-issue. MICHAEL SAM-THE CAMERAS

4. POLICE LOSE VITAL VOICE CLUES AS MORE STANDOFF TALKS ARE TEXTS
More and more, officers must defuse violent, unpredictable situations through the typed word, which experts say warrants new, specialized training. TEXTING-STANDOFF NEGOTIATIONS

5. INDIA’S MAMMOTH VOTING SEASON ENDS
Over 810 million people in the world’s largest democracy are eligible to vote in the election that could bring an end to the Congress Party’s decade in power. INDIA-ELECTIONS

6. HOW OBAMACARE IS GIVING PREGNANT WOMEN MORE OPTIONS
Expectant mothers could save on their medical bills through access to additional Medicaid coverage. HEALTH OVERHAUL-PREGNANCY

7. SPRINGTIME SLINGS SNOW, HAIL, TWISTERS
Mother Nature acts like she didn’t get her Mother’s Day card on time, turning a wet, snowy cold shoulder on Colorado and Wyoming, and tornadoes of wrath on Nebraska. Kansas and Oklahoma may also face punishment. SPRING STORM

8. WHO INTENDS TO APPEAL SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will ask the state’s Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision to overturn a 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriage. GAY MARRIAGE-ARKANSAS

9. WASHINGTON MONUMENT TO OPEN FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2011 EARTHQUAKE
The world’s tallest freestanding stone structure has been repaired, with damaged marble being replaced by stone salvaged from Baltimore row houses or the Maryland quarry that provided the original. WASHINGTON MONUMENT

10. STERLING’S WIFE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD ON TO CLIPPERS
The NBA says if Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers is terminated, so is Shelly Sterling’s. a href=‘From%20Worst%20to%20First:%20Behind%20the%20Scenes%20of%20Continental’s%20Remarkable%20Comeback’NBA-STERLINGS/a


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