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10 things to know, Tuesday, March 31

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Marathon Iran nuclear talks to end with mixed results Iran and six world powers will agree to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials say. 2. Read More…

Next battleground for religious freedom proposals? Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The fight over “religious freedom” proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and 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. A final vote could come as early as Read More…

AP analysis: Many tractor-trailers outdrive recommended speed for tires

DETROIT — Many tractor-trailers on the nation’s roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials. Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph Read More…

Clinton used multiple devices for email, mixed business, personal topics

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The State Department released a Read More…

Despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up the structures with cinder blocks and plastic sheets and living in the unstable and unsafe buildings while they wait for promised aid to arrive. The returns reflect a failure by Read More…

Red tape keeps Tennessee whiskey makers from going ‘Full Throttle’

TRIMBLE, Tenn. — Booze, bikes and rock ‘n’ roll. That’s the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, tucked away among the corn and soybean fields of northwestern Tennessee. The only thing standing in the way, say distillers Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, is the state’s stuffy law restricting how Read More…

French look for ‘systematic weaknesses’ after crash; Lufthansa sets aside $300M for claims

PARIS — French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine “systemic weaknesses” like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings crash, while Lufthansa said its insurers set aside $300 million to deal with possible fallout from the disaster. Authorities say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who in the past had Read More…

Official: Iran talks to continue in new phase

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The joint statement Read More…

Noah replacing Stewart demonstrates worldly perspective

NEW YORK — The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” advances an intriguing new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly perspective while continuing the longer-running pattern of keeping those jobs filled with men. Comedy Central announced Monday that the 31-year-old Noah will take Read More…

Questions remain after officer-involved shooting at NSA headquarters

In this image made from video and released by WJLA-TV, authorities investigate the scene of a accident near a gate to Fort Meade, Md., on Monday, March 30, 2015. A spokesman at Fort Meade says two people are being treated for injuries at one of the gates of the sprawling Army installation near Baltimore. WJLA-TV/AP

FORT MEADE, Md. — The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but most drivers are versed in the daily routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the closely guarded entrance to the National Security Agency. The ordinary start to the work week came to a violent halt Monday, though, when two Read More…