While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 12 edition

Upcoming Euro 2016 football tournament was prime target of Brussels terror cell: reports

One of the world's biggest sporting events, the Euro 2016 football championships in France, was a prime target of the ISIS terror cell that massacred 162 people in Paris and Brussels, according to reports from CNN and a French newspaper on Monday.

The US cable news network reported that so-called "Man in the Hat" extremist Mohamed Abrini, who was captured on Friday (April 8), told police that his cell had been ordered to attack Euro 2016, citing a source close to the investigation.The source told CNN that investigators were still trying to verify Abrini's claims.

The French newspaper Libération also reported Monday: "According to our information, Mohamed Abrini has explained the initial intention of this nebulous terrorist Franco-Belgian terrorist group was to go into action during the Euro football tournament."


United States officials warn Zika 'scarier' than initially thought

Top health officials expressed heightened concern on Monday about the threat posed to the United States by the Zika virus, saying the mosquito that spreads it is now present in about 30 states and hundreds of thousands of infections could appear in Puerto Rico.

At a White House briefing, they stepped up pressure on the Republican-led Congress to pass approximately US$1.9 billion (S$25.57 billion) emergency funding for Zika preparedness that the Obama administration requested in February.

"Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a deputy director at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.


Smokers have harder time getting work: study

People who smoke may find it harder to get work, and make less money than non-smokers, according to a US study out Monday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine were based on more than 250 unemployed job-seekers in the San Francisco area.

About half smoked cigarettes - on average 13 per day - and the other half did not smoke.


Two Trump kids won't be voting for Dad Donald in New York primary

Presidential candidate Donald Trump says two of his children feel guilty about missing a voter registration deadline, meaning they will not be able to vote for him next week in New York's Republican primary.

Eric Trump, 32, and Ivanka Trump, 34, the Republican front-runner's second and third children, have campaigned extensively with their father, but both missed the deadline for registering as Republicans to vote in the New York primary on April 19.

In a telephone interview with Fox & Friends, Trump joked that he would have to find some way to punish Eric and Ivanka for their mistake. "No more allowance!" the New York billionaire said with a laugh.


Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Jimmy Page to face Stairway to Heaven trial

 Led Zeppelin's lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page must face a US jury trial over whether they stole opening chords for their 1971 classic Stairway to Heaven.

In a decision on Friday, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said Stairway and the 1967 instrumental Taurus by the band Spirit were similar enough to let a jury decide whether Plant and Page were liable for copyright infringement, A trial is scheduled for May 10.

The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, who was Spirit's guitarist and the composer of Taurus.