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IRAN NUKE TALKS

One more day: Talks to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program will continue today. Yesterday was the deadline to work out a framework agreement, but negotiators in Lausanne, Switzerland, felt enough progress had been made to continue talks for another day. It’s unclear how long the talks will continue. It is believed that the main sticking points remain the pace at which U.N. sanctions on Iran will be lifted and how much nuclear research and development Iran will be allowed to do while the deal is in effect.

GERMANWINGS CRASH

Airline knew: Andreas Lubitz told his Lufthansa flight training school about his depression in 2009, the airline said yesterday. The revelation was discovered when crash investigators found emails between Lubitz — the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who authorities accuse of deliberately crashing the plane — and the flight school which included medical documents. This means Lufthansa, parent company of Germanwings, knew about Lubitz’s depression, allowed him to continue training and ultimately put him in the cockpit.

‘RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’

Arkansas’ turn: The Arkansas House on yesterday approved a religious freedom bill similar to Indiana’s new controversial law. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, now has to decided if he will sign the measure. He’s set to release a statement about his decision later this morning. If Hutchinson signs the bill, Arkansas may face the same backlash that has whipped Indiana the past few days. The CEO of retail giant Walmart, which is based in Bentonville, Arkansas, urged the governor to veto the bill. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said yesterday that he wanted a “fix” for his state’s law, to make sure that it won’t be used as an excuse to discriminate against gay and lesbian people.

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source: CNN.com

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