5 things to know today: New York to boost front-runners Trump, Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a Women for Hillary event at the New York Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan one day ahead of the New York primary, Monday, April 18, 2016, in New York. Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, second from right, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, right, listen. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a Women for Hillary event at the New York Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan one day ahead of the New York primary, Monday, April 18, 2016, in New York. Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, second from right, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, right, listen. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Here’s what you need to know to start off your day informed:

1. New York could push Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump even further ahead.

Both front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have found themselves struggling for a nomination they were expected to claim long ago. New York, the home state for both candidates, could give the pair the boost they need to end weeks-long losing streaks that have strengthened opponents like Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.

2. Yesterday was Houston’s raniest day ever.

The torrential rain that hit large portions of Central and Southeast Texas yesterday made for Houston’s rainiest day ever before noon, Slate reports. At least five people have been reported dead due to the weather.

3. Taliban claim responsibility for attack in Kabul that kills 28.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed at least 28 and left another 320 wounded in Kabul, NPR reports. The attack follows the announcement of the beginning of the Taliban’s spring offensive. The rush hour traffic was said to account for the high number of fatalities.

4. Whole Foods stands by bakery in anti-gay slur cake incident.

Whole Foods has released a statement saying that a bakery team member who was accused of writing an anti-gay slur on a cake is “part of the LGBTQ community,” and the cake in question was packaged and sold with only the words “Love Wins” written on it, the American-Statesman’s Nicole Chavez reports.

5. Taylor Swift makes surprise visit to San Antonio.

Although Taylor Swift made the long journey to Texas to attend the wedding of one of her back-up singers in San Antonio, she didn’t make it quite as far as Austin to say hi, Austin360’s Eric Webb reports.

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