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News Wrap: Republicans Vote in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C.

April 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST
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HARI SREENIVASAN: The battle over budgets came as Republicans held their latest round of presidential primaries. Mitt Romney hoped victories in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia would finally force Rick Santorum to step aside. Santorum has insisted he is staying in the race. The next big date on the Republican campaign calendar comes April 24, when six states vote.

Tornadoes hit hard today in North Texas. The National Weather Service confirmed at least two separate large and extremely dangerous twisters near Dallas-Fort Worth. By mid-afternoon, skies over Dallas were as dark as night. As the storms moved through, they ripped the roofs off homes, smashed other buildings to splinters and tossed 18-wheeler trucks like toys. There were no initial reports of injuries.

Authorities in Oakland, Calif., worked today to figure out what triggered Monday’s shooting at a small Christian college. Seven people were killed, and police arrested One Goh of South Korea. The former nursing student had been expelled from the school for behavioral problems.

Police Chief Howard Jordan told ABC that Goh had been looking for an administrator, but she wasn’t there.

HOWARD JORDAN, Oakland, Calif., police chief: We have learned that the suspect was upset with the administration at the school. He was also upset that students were — had in the past when he attended the school mistreated him, disrespected him and things of that nature.

We have learned that this was a very chaotic, calculated and determined gentleman that came there with a specific intent to kill people.

HARI SREENIVASAN: The Oakland rampage was the deadliest incident at a U.S. college since a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech five years ago this month.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been released from a Northern Virginia hospital, 10 days after getting a new heart. The organ came from an unknown donor after Cheney had spent nearly two years on a waiting list. He is 71 years old, and has had five heart attacks, including one in 2010.

The president of Myanmar today endorsed the results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her pro-democracy party claimed all but two of the 45 seats on the ballot. President Thein Sein, a former general, said today the vote was conducted in a very successful manner. He has led cautious reforms after half-a-century of military rule.

Wall Street stepped back today after news that Federal Reserve leaders are worried about a hiring slowdown. The concerns were voiced in the minutes of the Fed’s policy-making meeting last month. The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 65 points to close at 13,199. The Nasdaq fell six points to close at 3,113.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.