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By TIME Staff
March 31, 2015

March Sadness

Indiana—more specifically Indianapolis, the Final Four host city—is stealing the spotlight, thanks to controversial new legislation that Gov. Mike Pence signed last week. Critics of the new law say it gives businesses license to discriminate against LGBT residents

Germanwings Motive a Mystery

Prosecutors said they have so far found no indications of any motive that might have prompted Andreas Lubitz’s actions

Stalemate in Iran Nuke Talks

Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of a nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement

Fight Over Religious-Objection Proposals Shifts to Arkansas

The fight over “religious freedom” proposals facing increasing criticism from advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure

Jay Z Just Launched a Music-Streaming Service Called Tidal

Rap superstar Jay Z launched his own subscription-based music streaming service on Monday, with the support of other titans of the music industry including his wife Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Deadmau5

America’s Largest Death Row Is Nearly Full

California’s death row has not seen an execution for nearly a decade and, with an anticipated 20 new arrivals per year, the largest execution system in the U.S. has almost run out of room, with 708 out of 715 death-row cells at San Quentin now occupied

New Book Explores Role of Race for First Lady

Author paints the First Lady as the President’s rock, notes the impact her background would have on her future as the nation’s first black First Lady. “If Barack was a helium balloon,” author Peter Slevin writes, “Michelle was the one holding the string”

Meet the New Host of The Daily Show

South Africans bequeathed yet another star to the international pantheon of household names with the news that Soweto-born comedian Trevor Noah is to take over The Daily Show when host Jon Stewart steps down later this year

UC Berkeley Soccer Player Found Dead Near L.A. Freeway

The body of a missing University of California, Berkeley, soccer player was found by police near a Los Angeles freeway on Saturday. Eloi Vasquez, 19, was reportedly hit by a car on California’s Interstate-10 after he attended a fraternity party

The Queen of England Is Facing a Staff Revolt

For the first time in history, the Queen of England’s household staff may take industrial action on Tuesday. They are frustrated by paltry wages, and will cast ballots to determine if they will continue with certain services they currently perform without pay

An Apple a Day Keeps the Pharmacist Away, Study Says

Researchers who set out to see if “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” say it’s a bit more complicated. People who consumed apples daily weren’t less likely to stay a night at a hospital, but they were likely to use fewer prescription meds

Spain to Offer Citizenship to 2.2 Million Jews

It may have taken more than half a millennia, but Madrid is finally about to make amends for forcing Spain’s Jewish community to convert to Catholicism or leave the country by offering citizenship to the estimated 2.2 million descendants of those expelled

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