In the Know: April 1, 2016

“We continue to be told we should be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer, and to get paid for doing it. In this day and age, it’s about equality. It’s about equal rights, it’s about equal pay.” Hope Solo, on the Today show defending the complaint the U.S. women’s soccer team filed for equal pay

Nation
Five top players on the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission demanding the same pay as their male counterparts. (The men’s team earns almost four times more than the women’s squad.)

A gunman drew and pointed a weapon at the Capitol Visitor Center’s northern screening facility was shot Monday, prompting a lockdown of the Capitol Complex.

A major leap for minimum wage: California announced a deal to reach $15 an hour by 2022, and New York could soon follow.

Citing “productive” conversations with the NCAA, the daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel have decided to indefinitely suspend all contests on college sports in all states, with both companies saying it is the “best path forward” for the industry.

World
A Belgian judge approved the extradition of a suspect who was arrested in Belgium days before deadly bombings struck Brussels—now step closer to returning to France to face charges in association with November’s Paris attacks.

Nigerian troops have freed hundreds of hostages held by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in recent counter-terrorism efforts in Nigeria’s northeast.

Politics
Why so many states are fighting over LGBT rights in 2016.

World leaders from over 50 countries gathered in Washington this week for President Obama’s final Nuclear Security Summit.

Election 2016
Trump is taking heat again, this time over women’s rights. And new polls show the Republican front runner’s lead is beginning to slip.

In case you need a refresher: Here’s a delegate count recap leading up to the New York primaries (on April 19).

Business
General Electric wants to be removed from the federal government’s list of too-big-to-fail financial institutions, arguing that it’s no longer a major player in the financial services industry.

A second suitor backed down this week, clearing the way for a merger combining Starwood with Marriott, creating the biggest hotel company in the world

Health and Science
New FDA guidelines ease the restrictions for taking a medication that induces abortion, allowing women to take the pill up to 10 weeks into pregnancy.

Leading health agencies say there’s now scientific consensus the Zika virus can cause microcephaly—a condition in which babies are born with very small heads and brain damage.

Women’s Affairs
A closer look at the U.S. military’s top women—all who have broken the brass ceiling.

Dame Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born British architect whose soaring structures left a mark on skylines around the world, died on Thursday. She reshaped architecture for the modern age, and in 2004 became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize (architecture’s Nobel).

 

image via Carli Lloyd (left) and Megan Rapinoe are two of the five star players who filed a wage complaint against U.S. Soccer 

 
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