Morning Must Reads: April 3

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Co-Pilot Sped Up Plane

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight repeatedly sped up the plane as he used the automatic pilot to descend the A320 into the Alps, the French air accident investigation agency said. The new detail comes from the plane’s black box data recorder

What’s Next for the Iran Deal

These five things will determine whether the U.S. and Iran can ultimately reach a signed, sealed agreement on nuclear power

Indiana Approves Clarified Law

Governor Mike Pence signed off on changes to a religious-freedom law so it won’t allow businesses to discriminate against gay Hoosiers

Judge Orders California to Pay for Inmate’s Sex Change

A federal judge on Thursday ordered California’s corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex-change surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state. Officials said they are considering whether to appeal the ruling

Groundhog Day Musical to Premiere in 2017

The 1993 Groundhog Day comedy film will appear as a Broadway musical in March 2017, with casting for the production still in the works. The production will involve screenplay writers Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin, who wrote the original story

Jury Orders Chrysler to Pay $150 Million in Jeep Fire Death

A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee caught fire after a crash. Jurors ruled on Thursday that Chrysler acted with reckless disregard for human life

Christians Hunted Down as al-Shabab Kill 147 in Kenya

Al-Shabaab militants stormed a university in Garissa, launching grenades and firing guns in an onslaught that killed 147 and wounded scores. “If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot. With each blast of the gun I thought I was going to die,” one survivor said

An Enormous Sandstorm Is Making Life Hellish in Dubai

A massive sandstorm has hit the United Arab Emirates, blanketing the country in a thick orange cloud, reducing visibility and causing disruption to air and road traffic. Flights were disrupted at Dubai’s two busy international airports

Heinz Wins Legal Battle Over Ketchup Packets

The company doesn’t owe any money to a Michigan entrepreneur, a federal jury found Wednesday, who claimed Heinz launched its single-serve ketchup products in 2010 after he introduced a similar idea at a meeting with the company two years prior

Hunger Games Theme Park Coming in 2016

Katniss, Peeta and Gale are leaving District 12 and headed to Dubai, as Lionsgate has officially announced it will be partnering with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring The Hunger Games to life via a theme park opening in October 2016

China’s Former Security Chief Indicted on Corruption Charges

Prosecutors say China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been charged with bribery, abuse of power and the intentional disclosure of state secrets. Zhou is the highest-level official charged as part of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign

House of Cards Season 4 Set for 2016

Fans who were left wanting more from the Season 3 finale of the political drama can rest assured, as it has landed a fourth season. The announcement came Thursday in a tweet from the show’s official Twitter account: “I will leave a legacy. #Underwood2016”

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