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March 31, 2015

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9 Ind. CEOs call for changes to 'religious freedom' law
9 Ind. CEOs call for changes to 'religious freedom' law
March 31, 2015

The letter said the nine companies are "deeply concerned about the impact it is having on our employees and on the reputation of our state."

It calls on the governor and Legislature to "make it clear that Indiana is the welcoming state we all believe it to be. As leaders in the Indiana business community, we call on you to take immediate action to ensure that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not sanction or encourage discrimination against any residents or visitors to our state by anyone."

The business leaders want Pence and the Legislature to immediately enact new legislation to clarify that the RFRA can't be used to discriminate against anyone for their sexual orientation or gender identify.

Jon Mills, spokesman for Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger, said changing the RFRA legislation probably will involve introducing a new amendment in the current session of the Legislature or stripping part of an existing bill to insert language that would modify the RFRA.

Pence said over the weekend he is open to "clarifying" the new law.

Other executives signing the letter were Bill Oesterle, CEO of Angie's List; Joseph Swedish, CEO of Anthem (ANTM); Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications (EMMS); Dan Evans, CEO of Indiana University Health; Jack Phillips, CEO of Roche Diagnostics; Scott McCorkle, CEO of Salesforce Marketing Cloud; John Lechleiter, CEO of Eli Lilly and Co. (LLY); and Tim Hassinger, CEO of Dow AgroSciences.

On Monday the ACLU of Indiana and an anti-RFRA coalition, Freedom Indiana, called for two changes to Indiana's RFRA:

Updating the state's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Indiana residents in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Clarifying that RFRA can't be used to undermine local or statewide civil rights protections.

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Super Beets!
Super Beets!
March 30, 2015

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Familiar faces advance to the Final Four
Familiar faces advance to the Final Four
March 30, 2015

Duke beat Gonzaga 66-52 on Sunday, giving Blue Devils' coach Mike Krzyzewski his 12th trip to the semifinals of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Justise Winslow and Matt Jones each scored 16 to help Duke win the South Region. Gonzaga, led by 16 points from Kyle Wiltjer, was hoping to earn its first trip to the Final Four.

Here's how the Final Four, to be played in Indianapolis, has shaped up:

Next Saturday, Duke will face Michigan State in the first semifinal. In the next game, top seed Kentucky will battle Wisconsin.

The winners will meet on Monday, April 6, for the national championship.

One other tournament game was played Sunday. Michigan State overcame Louisville 76-70 in overtime to win the East Region.

The victory was sweet vindication for the Spartans, who had an up-and-down season and came into the East Region as a No. 7 seed. This will be the seventh Final Four for coach Tom Izzo, who led Michigan State to the national title in 2000.

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Germanwings flight co-pilot: Investigators search his home, take items
Germanwings flight co-pilot: Investigators search his home, take items
March 27, 2015

A day after a French prosecutor said a co-pilot intentionally set a Germanwings plane on a fatal descent, terrifying mysteries remained.

Why did Andreas Lubitz fly the jetliner into the French Alps, killing all 150 people aboard?

Did he plan his actions?

What drove the German national to do that?

Those questions and more remained unanswered after the Tuesday crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 headed from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.

And as 18 nations mourn their citizens, the search for clues has shifted to the 27-year-old's apartment in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Investigators went "through the apartment looking for clues as to what the co-pilot's motivation might have been, if he did indeed bring the plane down," police spokesman Markus Niesczery said Thursday.

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Bergdahl charged with desertion
Bergdahl charged with desertion
March 26, 2015

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held five years after being captured by the Taliban when he left his remote post in Afghanistan, was charged Wednesday by the Army with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The misbehavior charge carries a potential life sentence, the Army said in a statement, but legal analysts said it was likely Bergdahl would reach an agreement that would result in a light punishment.

Bergdahl was released from captivity after the United States agreed to release five Taliban militants held at Guantanamo Bay.

He was charged with "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place," according to the Army statement.

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US conducting airstrikes to help Iraqi forces retake Tikrit
US conducting airstrikes to help Iraqi forces retake Tikrit
March 26, 2015

The Pentagon gave orders for U.S. and coalition forces to begin airstrikes to help Iraqi forces retake Tikrit, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the Iraqi government requested coalition support and that operations were ongoing Wednesday. A statement from the Combined Joint Task Force, the U.S. military command overseeing operations in Iraq, said the caolition was also providing intelligence and were assisting Iraqi Security Forces headquarters in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, or ISIL.

An Associated Press reporter in Tikrit reported hearing warplanes overhead late Wednesday, followed by multiple explosions.

The U.S. and Iraq had been discussing airstrikes in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive against a dug-in ISIS force in the northern city, U.S. officials said earlier Wednesday.

The CJTF said Wednesday afternoon that Iraqi forces have ISIS in Tikrit encircled, but Warren said they have not yet made significant inroads into the heavily defended city limits.

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Monica Lewinsky gave a really, really important TED talk on bullying
Monica Lewinsky gave a really, really important TED talk on bullying
March 24, 2015

It's easy to banish Monica Lewinsky to a cultural corner - a remnant of a time in politics that most Americans would like to forget. The president and the intern. The blue dress. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." All of it feels so tawdry, so, well, gross. It was a little too much information even back then - and thinking about it now seems to serve absolutely no purpose.

What we all forget is that Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern back in the late 1990s. She was in her early 20s. While our gazes got diverted over the years - Kardashians! Anthony Weiner! Something else! - Lewinsky kept living her life. And now, at 41, she is re-emerging - not to remind us all of that time in her and our lives, but rather to testify from her very unique perspective about the dangers of political bullying.

Here's the critical piece of Lewinsky's talk:

For nearly two decades now, we have slowly been sowing the seeds of shame and public humiliation in our cultural soil. Gossip Web sites, paparazzi, reality programming, politics, news outlets and sometimes hackers traffic in shame.

Public humiliation as a blood sport has to stop. We need to return to a long-held value of compassion and empathy.

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NCAA Tournament recaps
NCAA Tournament recaps
March 23, 2015

The final eight entrants in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship were decided Sunday. Here's a round-up of the action.

EAST REGION

OKLAHOMA 72, DAYTON 66

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jordan Woodard had 16 points and Buddy Hield scored 15, helping Oklahoma advanced to the second weekend of the tourney.

Coach Lon Kruger became the second coach to take four schools (Kansas State, Florida and UNLV) to the round of 16. Third-seeded Oklahoma (24-10) will play Michigan State on Friday at the East Regional in Syracuse, New York.

The Flyers (27-9), who started in the First Four at home, came up a victory short of their second straight trip to the Sweet 16 as an 11 seed.

Oklahoma rallied with its defense, holding Dayton scoreless for 9:04 and without a basket for 10:32 in the second half.

Scoochie Smith led Dayton with 16 points.

LOUISVILLE 66, NORTHERN IOWA 53

SEATTLE (AP) -- Louisville is headed to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.

Terry Rozier scored 25 points to lead the fourth-seeded Cards to the victory. Montrezl Harrell added 14 for Louisville (26-8), including a couple of game-sealing alley-oop jams on passes from Rozier.

The Cardinals will play eighth-seeded North Carolina State on Friday in an East Region that is now missing the top two seeds.

The Cardinals packed it in against Northern Iowa's top scorer, Seth Tuttle, holding him to 14 points and only seven shot attempts. The Panthers (31-4) were trying for their first trip to the second weekend since 2010.

SOUTH REGION

DUKE 68, SAN DIEGO STATE 49

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Jahlil Okafor scored 18 of his 26 points in a dominating first half and Duke beat San Diego State 68-49 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, sending the top-seeded Blue Devils back to the Sweet 16.

Fellow freshman Justise Winslow added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Duke (31-4), which for the second straight tournament game ran out to a quick lead and stayed in control the rest of the way.

Duke -- holding a No. 1 seed for the 11th time in 18 seasons but its first since 2011 -- advanced to face fifth-seeded Utah in Houston's South Region semifinals.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are pushing for their 12th Final Four and completed their two-game stay in their home state with a pair of hot-shooting wins.

Duke shot 55 percent against the eighth-seeded Aztecs (27-9), two days after shooting 63 percent against Robert Morris.

GONZAGA 87, IOWA 68

SEATTLE (AP) -- Kyle Wiltjer scored 13 of his 24 points during Gonzaga's flawless first half, helping the Bulldogs advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 2009.

After five straight departures on the first weekend of the NCAA tourney, Gonzaga (34-2) is back in the regional semifinals, thanks to an efficient offensive performance in the first 20 minutes that Iowa could never overcome. Domantas Sabonis finished with 18 points.

Jared Uthoff led Iowa (22-12) with 20 points, and Aaron White had 19.

Wiltjer was nearly perfect. He made 10 of 12 shots and 4 of 6 3-pointers. His 24 points came in just 25 minutes.

MIDWEST REGION

WEST VIRGINIA 69, MARYLAND 59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Devin Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and rugged West Virginia advanced to a Sweet 16 showdown with undefeated Kentucky.

Gary Browne scored 14 points and Daxter Miles Jr. had 12 as West Virginia reached the second weekend of the tournament for the first time since 2010, when it went all the way to the Final Four. The fifth-seeded Mountaineers (25-9) will take on the Wildcats on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Cleveland.

Melo Trimble had 15 points for Maryland (28-7), but sat on the bench for the final 8:25 after he was hurt for the third time in the game.

Maryland was trying to advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 2003 -- a year after the Terps won the national championship under coach Gary Williams.

The teams were locked in a close battle until West Virginia used its gritty pressure defense and physical play to pull away from the Terrapins.

WEST REGION

WISCONSIN 72, OREGON 65

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Sam Dekker scored 17 points for balanced Wisconsin, which beat Oregon in the round of 32 for the second straight year.

Next up for the Badgers (33-3) is a trip to Los Angeles to play fourth-seeded North Carolina in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.

Wisconsin played with the lead all game until Dwayne Benjamin tied it at 52 with a high-arcing 3-pointer from in front of his bench with 5:27 left. But Dekker responded with a reverse layup and 3-pointer to make it 58-52.

Joseph Young, who scored 27 points in a win over Oklahoma State on Friday, had 30 against the Badgers.

Wisconsin got 16 points from Frank Kaminsky, 14 from Nigel Hayes and 12 from Bronson Koenig.

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Ted Cruz jump-starts GOP's battle for White House
Ted Cruz jump-starts GOP's battle for White House
March 23, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off a new phase in the 2016 presidential race Monday when he declared himself a candidate for the GOP nomination, setting the stage for a frenetic battle among Republicans eager to take back the White House.

Cruz made it official just after midnight, tweeting, "I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!"

His decision to run had been reported throughout the previous day by news organizations. In a campaign video included with his tweet, the newly minted GOP presidential candidate said, "It's going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again, and I'm ready to stand with you to lead the fight."

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