Catch up on the day’s news: Trump trial testimony, campus protests, Earth Day

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Donald Trump in court today during his hush money trial. - Yuki Iwamura/Pool/Getty Images
Donald Trump in court today during his hush money trial. - Yuki Iwamura/Pool/Getty Images

1️⃣ Trump trial: Prosecutors and Donald Trump’s attorneys delivered opening statements in his criminal hush money trial, and the first witness — a former National Enquirer publisher — was called to testify. A hearing over whether Trump violated a gag order is set for Tuesday morning. 📹 Video: Legal analyst breaks down case

2️⃣ Campus protests: The turmoil at Columbia University ramped up as simmering tensions halted in-person classes and officials scrambled to ease security fears. ➕ Police arrested protesters at Yale University. 📹 Video: Hear what students say

3️⃣ Reproductive rights: Patients have a right to privacy when it comes to their medical information — even when they travel to another state for an abortion, IVF or birth control — federal officials declared in a new rule.

4️⃣ TikTok ban: The company will file a court challenge if Congress passes legislation paving the way to a nationwide ban of the app, a top executive told employees in an internal memo obtained by CNN.

5️⃣ Music streaming: Taylor Swift’s new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” is breaking records on Spotify, Amazon and Apple.

Watch this

👀 Fire rescue: Fellow motorists pulled a man from a burning car on the side of a Minnesota highway as flames engulfed the vehicle. The driver reported no injuries.

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Rare disease: Coletti rushed her 3-year-old son Vincent to a Chicago hospital, where he tested positive for measles. The US typically only sees several dozen cases a year.

Quiz time

Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports/Reuters
Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports/Reuters

🏀 Caitlin Clark, the top pick in the WNBA draft, is set to sign a sizable sneaker deal with which company?
A. adidas
B. Nike
C. Reebok
D. Under Armour
⬇️ Scroll down for the answer.

Your health

🍎 Weight loss: Regardless of the method you’re using, there will come a day when the numbers on the scale stop going down.

Good vibes

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When a couple lost their wedding rings in the middle of the ceremony on a beach in Mexico, two strangers stepped in to save the day.

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