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Donald Trump is floundering, but the U.S. economy's not.
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1. Suicide Attack Kills 72 in Pakistan Park
At least 72 people were killed and more than 320 others injured when a suicide bomber targeting Christians blew himself up at a busy park in Lahore on Sunday, officials said. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban — Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) — claimed responsibility for the attack. "Members of the Christian community who were celebrating Easter today were our prime target," TTP-JA spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told NBC News from an undisclosed location while using an Afghan cell number. The victims of the attack were mostly women and children.
2. Brussels Death Toll Climbs, Suspect Released, American Victim Identified
Belgium on Monday released Faycal Cheffou, the sole suspect prosecutors had arrested directly in relation to the Brussels terror attacks. He was released due to a lack of evidence, officials said. Meanwhile, Belgium's health minister said the same day that the official death toll had risen to 35 after four victims died in the hospital. On Thursday, Gail Minglana Martinez was identified as the third American killed in the attacks. A total of four Americans were killed in the bombings, but the fourth victim has not been identified.
3. Hostage Taker Arrested After Plane Hijacking
A hijacker who took dozens of hostages aboard a commercial jet over what appeared to be a "personal" matter involving a woman was arrested after an hours-long standoff Tuesday, authorities said. The drama unfolded aboard EgyptAir Flight MS181, which was on a domestic flight en route from Alexandria to Cairo. the hijacker, Seif Eldin Mustafa, who claimed to have an explosive belt ordered the plane to diverted to either Turkey or Cyprus, according to officials. The belt was later deemed a fake.
4. Trump Didn't have a Great Week
This was Donald Trump's worst week of his campaign since he lost Iowa to Ted Cruz exactly two months ago. To recap: On Tuesday, his campaign manager was charged with misdemeanor battery. Also on Tuesday, he backed away from his pledge to support the whomever becomes the GOP nominee, giving his Republican critics extra ammunition against him. On Wednesday, he suggested on MSNBC that he would advocate punishing women who seek an abortion if abortion was illegal, angering both abortion-rights supporters and opponents. (He later backtracked from that abortion statement.) And on top of it all, a raft of new polls show Trump's national position hitting new lows, including with groups that are supposed to form his base.
5. U.S. Gains 215,000 Jobs in March
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 215,000 in March, providing a positive sign for an economy that otherwise has been slowing lately. The jobs growth came as the headline unemployment rate rose to 5.0 percent, the first month-over-month increase since May 2015. The level of unemployed Americans considered part of the workforce rose to 7.97 million, from 7.82 million in February.
In other news ...
State Laws with LGBT Repercussions in Spotlight
The backlash against efforts to weaken anti-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people took sharp turns on Monday, when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced he will veto a controversial religious freedom bill and activists sued North Carolina's governor over a law that blocked cities from passing their own protections. Meanwhile, the Mississippi Senate voted Wednesday evening to pass a religious freedom bill which some say could have sweeping anti-LGBT repercussions for the United States.
Feds Say They Got Data Off Terrorist's iPhone Without Apple
The Justice Department has asked to drop the court order that it wanted to use to compel Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by San Bernardino, California, attacker Syed Farook, saying it has gotten data off the device without the company's help. "The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook's iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple," the government said in a court filing Monday. On Thursday, the FBI agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple.