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8:30 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Weighs State's Religious Freedom Bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is expected to announce today whether he will sign a religious freedom bill passed Tuesday by state legislators that is similar to a measure approved in Indiana that has resulted in a massive backlash.

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Musician Joni Mitchell Is 'Awake And In Good Spirits' In Intensive Care

Musician Joni Mitchell attends a party before the Grammy Awards in February. Mitchell, 71, was found unconscious in her home Tuesday.
Jason Merritt Getty Images

After being found found unconscious in her home Tuesday afternoon, folk music icon Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles. "She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits," according to her website.

Mitchell "regained consciousness on the ambulance ride," her website says.

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The Two-Way
7:28 am
Wed April 1, 2015

World's Oldest Person Dies At Age 117

Misao Okawa, who died at age 117, posed for a photo with her son Hiroshi Okawa, 92, (left) and other family members as they celebrated her birthday last month in Osaka, Japan.
Buddhika Weerasinghe Getty Images

She was born in 1898. And now comes word that Japan's Misao Okawa has died at age 117. She had been the world's oldest person since 2013, according to Guinness World Records.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Iran Nuclear Talks: Varied Signs Of Agreement On An Agreement

Prolonged nuclear talks gave Russian journalists time to play a game of giant chess in a courtyard of the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday.
Brendan Smialowski AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:28 am

A day after the self-imposed deadline has passed for reaching a political agreement on Iran's nuclear program, negotiators are still working. Top diplomats from Iran and six countries are sending mixed signals on a potential deal; some have left the talks.

As of Wednesday morning, NPR's Peter Kenyon tells Morning Edition, "three foreign ministers — half the international contingent — are gone. That's Russia, China, and France."

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The Two-Way
6:16 am
Wed April 1, 2015

CEOs Of Germanwings, Lufthansa Visit Crash Site

CEO of Germanwings Thomas Winkelmann (left) and Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr visited the site of the Germanwings jet crash in Le Vernet, France, Wednesday.
Claude Paris AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:22 am

Top executives of Lufthansa and Germanwings airlines visited the site of last week's plane crash that killed 150 people. Speaking to reporters, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr did not respond to questions about the co-pilot's medical history.

Spohr said that while his airline is learning more about the crash, "It will take a long time for all of us to understand" how the tragedy occurred.

From Berlin, Esme Nicholson reports for our Newscast desk:

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