The Brief

Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives meet in the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. on Jan. 12, 2015.

Arkansas Follows Indiana's Lead

Lawmakers gave final approval to a religious-freedom bill that has drawn sharp criticism from opponents who say it opens the door to discrimination

American industrialist J. Paul Getty (1892 - 1976) at Sutton Place, his Tudor manor house in Surrey, 1967.

Heir to Getty Oil Fortune Dies

Authorities on Tuesday said Andrew Getty's cause of death was not immediately clear and that the case is being handled by robbery-homicide detectives

Secretary Kerry sits with German, Chinese, European Union, French, British, and Russian colleagues ahead of the negotiations with Iranian officials to discuss the terms of the new agreement on Iran's Nuclear Program in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 31, 2015.

Iran Nuclear Talks Miss Self-Imposed Deadline

Iran and six world powers missed the negotiators' self-imposed Tuesday night deadline over its nuclear program by at least a day. After 12 years of negotiations, Iranians feel that a peaceful resolution is at last within grasp, opening up the country to economic progress

The NCAA logo is shown on the field where the Maryland Terrapins played against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship at Villanova Stadium on May 26, 2013 in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

NCAA and UNC Want Lawsuit Over Fake Classes Dismissed

In January, the school and NCAA were sued by former football player Devon Ramsay and women's basketball player Rashanda McCants, claiming breach of contract and negligence, but the NCAA said it was not legally responsible for any academic fraud

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell Rushed to the Hospital

Music icon Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday, her official Twitter feed announced. According to a report in TMZ that cited unnamed sources, the singer was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home, and a 911 call was made

Mark Walhberg Boston Marathon Movie

Mark Wahlberg Eyes a Lead in Boston Bombing Film

Actor-producer Mark Wahlberg is said to be eyeing a starring role in a newly unveiled film about the Boston Marathon bombing. CBS Films' movie, Patriots' Day, will tell the firsthand story of the citywide manhunt for the suspects in 2013

Mother and child

Foreign Adoptions by Americans Hit Lowest Mark Since 1982

The State Department's report for the 2014 fiscal year shows 6,441 adoptions from abroad, down from 7,094 in 2013 and about 74% below the high of 22,884 in 2004. China accounted for the most children adopted in the U.S., followed by Ethiopia and Ukraine

Trevor Noah Responds to Backlash Over Past Tweets

The successor to Jon Stewart fittingly took to Twitter to address his critics, claiming that his Twitter history is "not a true reflection" of his character. Noah had been accused of anti-Semitism and sexism after his followers began to retweet and comment on his old posts

Cat paws with kibble

Your Pet Food Probably Isn’t Made of What You Think

A new study in the journal Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica shows many pet food brands contain unspecified animal parts that aren't listed on labels. Of seven products that claimed "with beef," two had more cow DNA than combined DNA of chicken and pigs