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Morning Must Reads: April 1

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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 state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. Protesters filled the Arkansas Capitol urging the governor to veto the bill

Heir to Getty Oil Fortune Dies

Andrew Getty was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home from what was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities said

Airline Executives Visit Crash Site

The heads of Lufthansa and its low-cost airline Germanwings are visiting the site of the crash that killed 150 people amid mounting questions

ISIS-Affiliated Group Claims It Carried Out Tunisia Attack

A terrorist group reportedly affiliated with ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on a museum in Tunisia in March that killed 22 people, mainly foreign tourists. A purported announcement by the group was uploaded to YouTube on Monday

April Fool? No, the Amazon Dash Button Is Real

Amazon unveiled its latest innovation on Tuesday — the wi-fi enabled Dash Button that can be stuck anywhere in the house and used to order goods at the press of a button. The timing of its release had many on social media wondering if it was an April Fool’s Day prank

Joni Mitchell Hospitalized but in ‘Good Spirits’

Music icon Joni Mitchell was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home. According to her website, the singer “regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an L.A. area hospital”

UberX Driver Arrested for Trying to Rob Woman’s Home

Police in Denver arrested an UberX driver Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to burgle a woman’s house after he dropped her off at the airport. The incident is the latest to raise safety concerns regarding the hugely popular ride-sharing app

Gamers May Learn Visual Skills More Quickly

A study from Brown University suggests gamers, who are already known to have better visual-processing skills, may also be able to improve on those attributes faster than the average person. A researcher compared them to athletes who learn quickly

Porsche Blames Paul Walker Crash on Driver

Lawyers for Porsche are blaming the man who was behind the wheel during a fiery Southern California crash that killed Fast & Furious star Paul Walker. The statements were made in a response to a civil lawsuit alleging a vehicle flaw caused the 2013 crash

A Massive Typhoon Is Approaching the Philippines

The Philippines on Wednesday warned its citizens and visiting tourists to be prepared for a high-intensity supertyphoon that looks set to hit within the next three days, with troops placed on standby and supplies of food and medicine readied as a precaution

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

The Wrld’s Oldest Person Dies in Japan

The world’s oldest person, who celebrated her 117th birthday less than a month ago, died early Wednesday in Osaka. Staff at Misao Okawa’s nursing home said she died of heart failure. She reportedly lost her appetite 10 days ago

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Morning Must Reads: March 31

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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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Morning Must Reads: March 30

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Crunch Time for Iran Talks

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. Diplomats were meeting to try to bridge remaining gaps

Violence Mars Nigeria Vote

Voting continued in certain areas after technical problems and election-related violence, which killed at least 40 people. Millions have cast ballots

2 Bodies Found at NYC Blast Site

The unidentified remains were discovered Sunday, three days after an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan; two men remain missing

Apple CEO Warns of Discriminatory Laws Sweeping U.S.

Apple boss Tim Cook decried what he called discriminatory legislation proposed in more than 20 states, following a controversial law signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that appears to allow business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Have Become Airborne

A worrying new study says significant amounts of both antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria from cattle yards in Texas and other parts of the southern High Plains have become airborne on winds whipping through the area

Arab League Unveils Joint Military Force Amid Yemen Crisis

A two-day Arab summit ended on Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shi‘ite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran

Germanwings Flight’s Final Moments Heard on Recordings

The pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane tried to get into the cockpit that the co-pilot had locked him out of before the plane crashed into the French Alps, a German newspaper reported Sunday, crying out “for God’s sake, open the door”

Eating Eggs With Raw Veggies Boosts Benefits

Mixing eggs with raw vegetables may increase carotenoid absorption almost ninefold, entailing a range of benefits including longer life span, fewer chronic illnesses and a reduced cancer risk, according to a new study

Here’s Your Final Four, America

March Madness will descend on Indianapolis next weekend with unbeaten Kentucky taking on Wisconsin, and Michigan State up against Duke, who sealed a place in the Final Four late on Sunday with a 66-52 win over No. 2 seed Gonzaga

Can You Draw the Apple Logo From Memory?

Everyone can draw the ubiquitous Apple logo, right? It’s on phones, laptops and storefronts all over the world. Astonishingly, most of us can’t reproduce that simple image. In one recent study, 85 UCLA undergraduates were asked to reproduce it. Only one pulled it off

Coachella and Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks

Most revelers will be looking for ways to get that epic video or crazy selfie that will make all their friends jealous. They’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way, however, as two of the country’s biggest festivals have announced a ban on selfie sticks

Home Proves Stronger Than Get Hard at Weekend Box Office

DreamWorks’ animated alien film pulled in a surprising $54 million, soaring above the $34.6 million earned by the Will Ferrell–Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard. Its early success is a much needed win for the animation studio after a recent string of flops

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Morning Must Reads: March 27

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The Co-Pilot: What We Know

French prosecutors claim that Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 last Tuesday, killing himself and the 149 other individuals aboard. Investigators raided Lubitz’s apartment along with his parents’ home in Montabaur, Germany, this week

Takei Urges #BoycottIndiana

Star Trek actor George Takei slams Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for signing a law that allows business owners to deny same-sex couples service

Notre Dame Beats Wichita State

The most intriguing matchup of the Sweet 16 didn’t live up to its billing, as Notre Dame topped Wichita State, 81-70, to earn a spot in the Elite Eight

Jeremy Clarkson Offered Job by Russian Military TV

A television station owned by the Russian defense ministry is offering a job to former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. The Zvezda TV channel published a letter to Clarkson on its website late Thursday, inviting him to visit Moscow in April

Arab Leaders Inch Closer to Creation of Joint Military Force

Creation of such a force would be a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power

Zayn Malik Speaks Out About Leaving One Direction

The 22-year-old said that the past week—which saw him leave the band’s tour, return home to London and subsequently quit the band—has left him “feeling quite interesting,” in an interview published Friday

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Plans to Leave Wealth to Charity

After paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college tuition, Apple CEO Tim Cook says, he plans on leaving all his wealth — which today amounts to $120 million — to good causes. “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change,” he told Fortune

Oil Council: Arctic Drilling Needed Now

The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday

NBC Reviving Coach With Craig T. Nelson

The 1990s sitcom, which went off the air in ’97, will apparently be a sequel to the comedy series rather than a reboot. Coach Hayden Fox, who will have been retired, is called back to be assistant coach for his own grown son

Militias Back Out of Iraq Campaign After U.S. Air Strikes

Three Shi’ite militias pulled out of the Iraqi assault on the ISIS-held city of Tikrit in protest of U.S. air strikes supporting the campaign. Reports indicate the groups, representing a third of the 30,000 government-led forces, are withdrawing from the front lines

The Winklevoss Twins to Play Themselves on Silicon Valley

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have already been portrayed onscreen once, but this time around they will be playing themselves. The twin brothers, famous for suing Mark Zuckerberg over claims Facebook was their idea, will have a cameo in HBO’s Silicon Valley

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Morning Must Reads: March 26

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Report: One Pilot Locked Out

Voice recordings retrieved from the wreckage of the Germanwings plane that crashed on Tuesday suggest that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit and then tried to break down the door to gain entry minutes before it hit Alpine slopes in southern France

U.S. Conducts Air Strikes in Tikrit

Bombing in support of the stalled Iraqi-led military campaign against ISIS marks a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq

Paul Backs Defense Spending

Senator Rand Paul is doing an about-face on his pledge to curb the growth in defense spending, calling for a nearly $190 billion infusion

Oklahoma Tornadoes Kill 1, Leave Thousands Without Power

Outside Tulsa, a tornado cut through a mobile home park in the suburbs of Sand Springs, killing at least one person and injuring three others. An estimated 75,000 households were without power on Wednesday night due to the ongoing severe conditions

University Ranks Deadliest Counties in the U.S.

New rankings from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute show the places in the U.S. that have largest percentage of people who die before the age of 75, a common measure of public health

Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss NHL Concussion Lawsuit

A federal judge in Minnesota denied the NHL’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the hockey league inadequately informed players of the health risks caused by concussions despite having ample knowledge and resources

CA Attorney General Blocks Initiative to Have Gays Executed

Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a court for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed. “It is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,” Harris said

Fifty Shades Director Won’t Do the Sequels

The director of this year’s biggest Hollywood release Fifty Shades of Grey will not be directing the film’s sequels. The move is thought to be a result of reported creative differences with E.L. James, the author of the novel on which the movie is based

HIV Levels in Indiana Spark Alarm

Governor Mike Pence is expected to declare a public-health emergency on Thursday in south Indiana’s Scott County, which has seen a large HIV flareup from intravenous drug use. At least 72 HIV cases have been detected in southern Indiana, up from 26 last month

Here’s Why Drug-Resistant Bacteria Could Spread Globally

Common bacteria could be on the verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new study. Resistance to antibiotics is in danger of spreading globally among the type of bacteria that’s associated with causing infections in hospitals

Chelsea Handler Says Bill Cosby Once Tried to ‘Cosby’ Her

Chelsea Handler has turned Bill Cosby’s name into a verb, stating in an interview that the comedian once tried to “Cosby” her. Handler says she has no doubts “he’s guilty,” pointing to a past incident with the comedian a decade ago in an Atlantic City hotel

Fully Animated Smurfs Film Set for 2017 Release

The Smurfs are going back to the drawing board in a fully animated take on the franchise to be released in 2017, Sony Pictures Animation announced on Wednesday. The untitled project is set to have much more in common with the beloved 1980s cartoon

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Seventy Burmese Students, Activists Charged for Taking Part in ‘Illegal’ Rally

Burmese activist on March 21, 2015, at the bank of Innya Lake in Yangon, Burma.
Khin Maung Win—AP Burmese activist on March 21, 2015, at the bank of Innya Lake in Rangoon, Burma

They face up to six years in prison for protesting an education bill they saw as regressive

Dozens of protesting Burmese activists and students are facing jail time on charges of insulting civil servants and refusing to disperse at an illicit demonstration.

The 70 protesters face up to six years in jail after violence broke out during a march from Mandalay to Rangoon calling for educational reforms, reports the BBC.

Although it was technically illegal, authorities had let the rally pass until they reached the town of Letpadan. There, incensed by the presence of a police line, the group attempted to break through.

Scores of students were injured in the ensuing confrontation. In one photo, four police prepare to strike an unarmed, prone man with their batons.

The quasi-civilian government of Burma, officially now known as Myanmar, insists it is legitimately prosecuting participants in the mid-March protests. However, critics see the case as proof of the Southeast Asian nation’s lingering authoritarianism despite the much-lauded transition from junta rule.

“People’s expectations are high because we’re a country in transition, but you can’t fulfill everything in one term,” said Burmese President Thein Sein told the BBC.

More charges relating to the protests are expected in coming weeks.

[BBC]

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Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc in Northern Chile, One of the Driest Places on Earth

Residents watch the rising flood waters of the Copiapo River, in Copiapo, Chile, March 25, 2015
Aton Chile—AP Residents watch the rising flood waters of the Copiapo River, in Copiapo, Chile, March 25, 2015

Officials order evacuation ahead of further storms

Heavy rains in the Andes sent flash floods through Chile’s Atacama desert Tuesday evening, leaving thousands without power or running water. The area is normally one of the driest in the world.

Overwhelmed by runoff, the river that runs through Copiapo, Atacama’s capital city, overflowed its banks with more rain predicted over the next 12 hours.

Authorities, fearful of mudslides, urged locals to seek safety elsewhere. Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo advised “anyone in an at-risk zone in the Atacama region” to evacuate, the BBC reports.

Northern coastal towns were hit especially hard. The government described the coastal town of Chañaral as in a “critical” state, while the Antofagasta and Coquimbo regions were affected seriously enough to warrant health alerts.

Military units were deployed in Copiapo to lend assistance, and President Michelle Bachelet rearranged her schedule in order to fly to the besieged city.

Along with causing widespread flooding, the rainstorms also washed out roads and disrupted communications. Local officials say 38,000 residents are without power and 48,000 are without potable water.

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Scaffolding Collapse Claims 14 Lives at a Vietnamese Port

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Cong Tuong—AP Rescuers work through the rubble trying to find survivors after scaffolding collapsed in an economic zone in Ha Tinh province in central Vietnam on March 25, 2015

The workers were reportedly employed by a sub-contractor of Samsung

At least 14 workers were killed and 30 wounded in Vietnam Wednesday night when scaffolding collapsed at a seaport project in the Vung Ang economic zone of Ha Tinh province.

Provincial People’s Committee Deputy Chairman Dang Quoc Khanh announced on national television that many of the injured had been hospitalized. Authorities were working to uncover two bodies still buried within the debris, Reuters reports.

Phan Tran De, deputy chief of the zone’s managing authority, told local media that thousands of workers were on the construction site and casualty numbers may rise.

The seaport was being built on the grounds of a complex owned by the Formosa Group, a Taiwanese company. The government-owned Thanh Nien newspaper reported that the hurt workers, all of whom were Vietnamese, were sub-contracted from a branch of South Korea’s Samsung Group.

Vung Ang hit the headlines last year when riots erupted targeting Chinese workers.

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California Woman Arrested for Trying to Steal Two Babies, Leading to One Death

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Scott Varley—AP Long Beach police chief Robert Luna, left, and Mayor Robert Garcia stand during a news conference in Long Beach, Calif., on March 25, 2015

Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian wanted to convince her boyfriend that he was the children's father

In a crime that authorities could only describe as “evil,” a 47-year-old woman in Long Beach, Calif., stands accused of attempting to snatch two infants, resulting in the death of a 3-week-old girl and serious injuries to both of their mothers.

Colluding with three other suspects, Giseleangelique Rene D’Milian, of Thousand Oaks, hatched a plot to steal two children in order to convince her boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins while he was abroad, according to police.

D’Milian spotted her first victim in January, a woman with a newborn who had gotten off a bus and was walking home, reports the Associated Press. Accomplice Anthony McCall, 29, of Vista, waited a couple of hours before he kidnapped the newborn Eliza Delacruz, shooting both of her parents and an uncle in the melee. Eliza’s body was found the day in a dumpster around 100 miles south.

Then in February, D’Milian used a fake charity as a front for luring an acquaintance with a son who was only 4 months old to a hotel, where McCall then assaulted her with a baseball bat. However, he fled when staff were alerted to the ruckus.

“In my notes, I had the word evil several times, and my staff told me to take it out but I can’t summarize it any other way,” police chief Robert Luna told reporters.

D’Milian and McCall are being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and conspiracy.

[AP]

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Morning Must Reads: March 25

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Germanwings Black Box Found

One of the flight recorders belonging to Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 has been recovered, but French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says it has been damaged. Investigators are hoping some data can be retrieved to shed light on the crash

Obama Slows Troop Drawdown

President Obama said the U.S. will keep about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan this year, as that country’s leaders had asked he slow the process

Tsarnaev Took ‘Intro to Ethics’

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on trial for the Boston Marathon bombing that claimed five lives and injured 280, had enrolled in an ethics class before the attack

U.S. Power Grid Under Near Continuous Attack

America’s power grid faces physical or online attacks approximately “once every four days,” according to a new investigation, threatening to plunge parts of the country into darkness. The report looked at public records, energy data and records from utilities

Yemen Leader Asks U.N. to Back Action Against Rebels

Yemen’s embattled President has asked the U.N. Security Council to authorize a military intervention in support of his government to oust Houthi Shi’ite rebels who control much of the disintegrating country’s north and are advancing south

Kelly Osbourne Admits ‘I Have the Cancer Gene’

Kelly Osbourne is one of the latest celebrities to speak out in support of Angelina Jolie’s decision to have her ovaries removed — and she shared that she has the cancer gene. “I agree with this 100%,” said the former Fashion Police host

Jon Hamm Completes Rehab BeforeMad Men Premiere

Like Don Draper, the main character he plays in the hit series Mad Men, Jon Hamm has been battling his own demons too. The 44-year-old actor recently completed a 30-day stint in a treatment center for alcohol addiction

Philadelphia Woman Accuses UberX Driver of Rape

A Philadelphia woman accused an UberX driver of rape in February, according to a report filed with the city’s police, marking the latest sexual-assault claim against the ride-sharing service. As the investigation continues, the driver’s access to Uber has been suspended

The X-Files Returns to Fox After 13 Years

The truth is right here, and it’s amazing: after 13 years off the air, The X-Files is officially returning to Fox as a limited series. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back on board, along with creator Chris Carter

Vin Diesel Predicts Furious 7 Will Win an Oscar

The Furious 7 star and producer set the bar high for the franchise’s latest installment in a new interview, saying “it will probably win Best Picture at the Oscars … unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.” The new flick is out April 3

Don’t Buy Your Breast Milk Online, Scientists Say

Buying, selling and trading breast milk is a booming online business — and that’s a dangerous thing — according to a new study, which says there are no requirements to test sellers for diseases that may transmit by drinking the milk, like HIV and hepatitis B and C

Yemeni President Flees Rebels

Yemen’s embattled president fled his Aden home Wednesday for an undisclosed location as Shiite rebels neared his last refuge, according to reports. The advance of the rebels, known as Houthis, threatens to plunge the Arab world’s poorest country into a civil war

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