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Obama Commutes Long Sentences of 22 Drug Offenders – New York Times

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Arkansas lawmakers OK ‘religious freedom’ bill – USA TODAY

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Iran Nuclear Deadline Will Pass, But Worth Continuing to Negotiate, US Says – ABC News

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Negotiators trying to produce a nuclear accord with Iran will fail to meet their self-imposed March 31 deadline to come up with a broad political understanding about eliminating Iran’s pathway to a bomb, the State Department said today. “We’ve made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement to reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the talks are being…

After Just Six Hours, Defense Rests in Boston Bombing Trial – ABC News

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Jane Flavell Collins/AP Photo In the Boston Marathon bombing trial the prosecution took 92 witnesses and more than three weeks to present their case, but today the defense for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested after just four witnesses and about six hours….

Lufthansa Finds Co-Pilot’s 2009 Email on His Depression – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PARIS—Deutsche Lufthansa AG has unearthed documents showing that Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz informed its own flight-training school that he had a “previous episode of severe depression,” the airline said Tuesday, renewing questions over whether it should have paid closer attention to the 27-year-old’s record. Mr. Lubitz informed the school in 2009 of the episode in email correspondence before resuming flight…

Obama Commutes Sentences for 22 Convicted of Federal Drug Crimes – Bloomberg

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

(Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 drug offenders serving time in federal prison, accelerating the administration’s efforts to reduce penalties for many of those convicted of such crimes. Obama’s decision, announced on Tuesday, more than doubles the number of commutations he has issued, and is the latest sign that the White House is taking aim at a drug war the president has characterized as counterproductive. Many…

Arkansas lawmakers approve religious liberty bill amid firestorm over Indiana law – Washington Post

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on Monday. (Danny Johnston/AP) Amid intense criticism of Indiana’s religious liberties law, which has prompted lawmakers in that state to vow to fix the legislation, another state charged ahead with a similar measure. Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday passed their own religious freedom bill, putting the state on the verge of formally adopting a law that could lead to another firestorm. On Tuesday afternoon, after some…

Deadline abandoned in marathon Iran nuclear talks – Daily Mail

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

By Afp Published: 15:37 EST, 31 March 2015 | Updated: 15:37 EST, 31 March 2015 The US abandoned late Tuesday a midnight deadline to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran but insisted that “enough progress” merited extending marathon talks into Wednesday. “We’ve made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday. There are several difficult issues still remaining,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said….

Turkish prosecutor, 2 captors killed in hostage standoff – USA TODAY

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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US issues warning as negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program head toward … – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The U.S. and five other world powers moved Tuesday toward annoucing a preliminary agreement that would enable them to continue negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program for the next three months, though with many key issues unresolved. In six days of intense high-level talks, the group has been able to avoid a breakdown that would have imperiled an 18-month effort to reach a deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activities. But negotiators…

Mike Pence: ‘Was I expecting this kind of backlash? Heavens no.’ – CNN

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

(CNN)Gov. Mike Pence pledged Tuesday to “fix” Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law to clarify that it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. But he insisted the problem isn’t the law itself but how it’s being perceived, saying a fix is needed only because of “frankly, the smear that’s been leveled against this law.” And he said the fix won’t involve statewide anti-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers. The first-term…

Robert Kraft Testifies in Hernandez Case: ‘He Said He Was Innocent’ – Boston.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft took the stand at the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in Bristol Superior Court today, telling the jury that he met with the former Patriots tight end two days after Hernandez’s friend Odin Lloyd was murdered. Both the prosecution, led by William McCauley, and defense questioned Kraft as a witness, asking about the details of the June 19, 2013 meeting, and whether or not Kraft…

Escaped prisoner considered ‘armed and dangerous’; Inova Fairfax Hospital on … – Washington Times

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Immigration activists disillusioned with Obama, Democrats as amnesty afterglow fades

Mike Pence: ‘Was I expecting this kind of backlash? Heavens no.’ – CNN

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

(CNN)Gov. Mike Pence pledged Tuesday to “fix” Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law to clarify that it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. But he insisted the problem isn’t the law itself but how it’s being perceived, saying a fix is needed only because of “frankly, the smear that’s been leveled against this law.” And he said the fix won’t involve statewide anti-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers. The first-term…

US issues warning as negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program head toward … – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The U.S. and five other world powers moved Tuesday toward annoucing a preliminary agreement that would enable them to continue negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program for the next three months, though with many key issues unresolved. In six days of intense high-level talks, the group has been able to avoid a breakdown that would have imperiled an 18-month effort to reach a deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activities. But negotiators…

Robert Kraft Testifies in Hernandez Case: ‘He Said He Was Innocent’ – Boston.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft took the stand at the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in Bristol Superior Court today, telling the jury that he met with the former Patriots tight end two days after Hernandez’s friend Odin Lloyd was murdered. Both the prosecution, led by William McCauley, and defense questioned Kraft as a witness, asking about the details of the June 19, 2013 meeting, and whether or not Kraft…

Escaped prisoner considered ‘armed and dangerous’; Inova Fairfax Hospital on … – Washington Times

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Immigration activists disillusioned with Obama, Democrats as amnesty afterglow fades

US issues warning as negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program head toward … – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The U.S. and five other world powers moved Tuesday toward annoucing a preliminary agreement that would enable them to continue negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program for the next three months, though with many key issues unresolved. In six days of intense high-level talks, the group has been able to avoid a breakdown that would have imperiled an 18-month effort to reach a deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activities. But negotiators…

Mike Pence: ‘Was I expecting this kind of backlash? Heavens no.’ – CNN

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

(CNN)Gov. Mike Pence pledged Tuesday to “fix” Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law to clarify that it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. But he insisted the problem isn’t the law itself but how it’s being perceived, saying a fix is needed only because of “frankly, the smear that’s been leveled against this law.” And he said the fix won’t involve statewide anti-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers. The first-term…

Robert Kraft Testifies in Hernandez Case: ‘He Said He Was Innocent’ – Boston.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft took the stand at the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in Bristol Superior Court today, telling the jury that he met with the former Patriots tight end two days after Hernandez’s friend Odin Lloyd was murdered. Both the prosecution, led by William McCauley, and defense questioned Kraft as a witness, asking about the details of the June 19, 2013 meeting, and whether or not Kraft…