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Indiana’s religious freedom law: What you need to know

(CNN)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stirred up controversy this week when he signed a "religious freedom" bill into law.The law has businesses and civil rights groups up in arms and threatening -- or in some cases pledging -- to boycott the state.What's so controversial about religious freedom?It's not so much that religious freedom has suddenly become controversial, but rather critics of the bill assert the law could be used by individuals and businesses to discriminate on

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee: He was drunk before the slaying

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez took the stand in his murder trial Friday, telling the jury that he was drunk in the hours before the slaying of her sister's boyfriend.Shayanna Jenkins also told jurors that she found a handgun in a kitchen junk drawer before the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd.She avoided looking at Hernandez as she testified. As she left the stand, she mouthed something to him,

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The Latest: Mass held in Barcelona for plane crash victims

8:55 p.m. (1955 GMT, 3:55 a.m. EDT)Hundreds of mourners have shown up for a Mass in a Barcelona suburb for three generations of one family who died in the Germanwings plane crash.A 12-year-old girl, her mother and the girl's grandmother were together on the jet that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.Journalists were not allowed inside the Mass on Friday night but the girl's grandfather, Juan Pardo Yanez,

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YELLEN: There’s a good chance we’re going to raise rates this year

REUTERS/Joshua RobertsFederal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said interest rate hikes could be coming later this year.  In a speech at the San Francisco Fed on Friday, Yellen said: With continued improvement in economic conditions, an increase in the target range for that rate may well be warranted later this year. Of course, the timing of the first increase in the federal funds rate and its subsequent path will be determined by the Committee in

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Obama may be on the cusp of his ‘legacy-setting’ foreign policy achievement

Associated PressNegotiations are ongoing. See Also It took 18 months of often-tortured diplomacy, but Iran and a US-led group of countries (the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, called the P5+1) may be just days away from signing a "political agreement" to determine limitations on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. The period after the signing of the Joint Plan of Action in Geneva in November

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An anonymous administration official just gave an incoherent defense of Obama’s Middle East policy

REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueU.S. President Barack Obama looks up after signing H.R. 240 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations, Act 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington March 4, 2015. See Also The Middle East is teetering on the edge of full-blown intra-Arab war, ISIS still controls a Belgium-sized slice of the region's heart, chlorine barrel bombs are still falling over Syria, and the US is threatening to "evaluate" one of its firmest

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Amazon denies rumors claiming it’s on the cusp of a huge acquisition (AMZN)

Amazon denies reports that it's in talks to acquire London luxury fashion site Net-A-Porter, Forbes reports.  Women's Wear Daily first reported that the two companies were in conversation Thursday morning. Forbes also reported the news Friday morning, saying at the time that Net-A-Porter's valuation of 2 billion euros could make it Amazon's biggest acquisition ever. At the time, an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider and other outlets "As a company, we do not comment

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The Remarkable And Complex Legacy Of One Harry Reid

During the tail end of an interview in July 2012, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked about Mitt Romney’s reluctance to release his tax returns. The question was whether, in some hypothetical universe, the Senate would confirm a nominee without further disclosure of his personal finances. “Not a chance, no, not a chance,” Reid said, taking the bait. And then, without prompting, he went further. First came a deeply personal attack on the presumptive

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