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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 6:47 PM

Arkansas Legislature Approves Religious Freedom Bill

The Arkansas state legislature on Tuesday passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is similar to an Indiana law that has already sparked a storm of criticism over fears it be used as a cover for discrimination — and the governor has said he'll sign it, NBC News reported. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson told NBC affiliate KARK that the bill is meant to strike a balance between religious freedom and equal protection of the law. But sexual orientation is not covered by anti-discrimination laws in Arkansas, and legal experts have said the measure could open the door to the discrimination of gays and lesbians. Wal-Mart, which is headquartered in Arkansas, issued a statement saying that the legislation "sends the wrong message about Arkansas" and runs counter to the company's belief in "respecting differences and being inclusive of all people." Read »
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Iraqi Troops Liberated Heart of Tikrit From ISIS: PM

Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday that Iraqi troops had reclaimed the heart of Tikrit from ISIS militants, NBC News and The Associated Press reported. In a statement released on Twitter, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hailed the "liberation of Tikrit" as a "historic milestone," although an official statement from his office said the troops are still advancing in an effort to control the entire city. Urban combat raged throughout the afternoon in Saddam Hussein's home city, as Iraqi army soldiers fought house-to-house to remove explosives and oust entrenched ISIS troops, The Associated Press reported. Read »
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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 6:49 PM

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Ex-Dictator Elected Nigerian President in Historic Vote

Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari was elected president of Nigeria on Tuesday, becoming the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Africa's most populous nation, NBC News reported. President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat after a five-year presidential term, marking a peaceful transfer of power in a nation with a political history marred by violence. "Nobody's ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," Jonathan said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word." The 72-year-old Buhari — who seized power in a military coup and ruled for 18 months in the 1980s — has a checkered human-rights record, but gained popular appeal by campaigning to crack down on the country's rampant corruption and fight the spread of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Read »
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Our core values are built around notions of diversity and inclusion. And anything that might create an environment within which we can't maximize those values is something that we take very, very seriously.  

— NCAA President Mark Emmert on Indiana's new "religious freedom" law, which has attracted criticism over fears it could be used to justify anti-gay discrimination
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