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NEW YORK (AP) — Federal health officials say there is no doubt that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects including abnormally small heads. Experts had assumed a link, but the Centers for Disease Control says there is now direct evidence that among other things, Zika causes damaging calcium buildups in the developing brain. Zika, which has spread across Latin America, is caused primarily by mosquitoes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. and allies have made progress against the Islamic State group. But speaking at the CIA, Obama offered no new steps or specifics about how the U.S. will beef up the fight against IS. Officials have suggested those steps are in the works. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said the Pentagon is seeking ways to increase military support for the fight.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A video appearing to show proof of life of some of Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok (chee-BAHK') girls is being aired along with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters, unheard of since the mass abduction by Boko Haram extremists two years ago. CNN aired video today believed to be made in December of one mother reaching out to a computer screen as she recognizes her daughter. More than 200 of 276 captured girls remain missing.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders says the massive crowd he drew tonight in New York City's Washington Square Park is "unbelievable" and makes him believe he's going to win in New York. Appearing with Sanders were actor Tim Robbins and director Spike Lee. New York holds its primary next week.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow immigrants with temporary legal status to work in more than 170 professions, including jobs as teachers, nurses and doctors. Senators passed the measure with a 33-11 vote, enough support to override a likely veto by Gov. Pete Ricketts. The bill has won support from an array of business and religious groups, including the Nebraska Cattlemen Association.

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