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Indiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall

Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in IndianapolisIndiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with their own bill, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc , Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co . Indiana's law, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, was perceived as going further than those passed in 19 other states, giving businesses a right to refuse services on religious grounds.



Detroit panel OKs raises for city officials: Detroit Free Press

Downtown Detroit is seen through a window from the State Of Michigan offices in DetroitBy Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Just months after Detroit officially exited the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a panel on Monday recommended raises of 2.5 percent for city council members and the city clerk, to start next fiscal year, a newspaper reported. The Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission, which determines whether elected officials can receive raises, voted unanimously on Monday night to support the pay hikes, the Detroit Free Press said. The move would bring the salary for the clerk and council members to $78,761 from $76,840 and the council president's to $82,776 from $80,757, the paper said. City Council President Brenda Jones and City Clerk Janice Winfrey made the request earlier in March.



One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency's gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism. The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured. Both suspects, who were dressed in women's clothes and may be transgender, tried to drive their sport utility vehicle through an entrance at the agency's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, U.S. law enforcement and security officials said. The motive was not immediately known, but one official said drugs may have been involved in the incident that occurred about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Washington.


Officers interview survivor of mobile home park killings

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) ? Authorities say detectives have interviewed a 22-year-old man who survived a weekend shooting that left a woman and her roommate's toddler dead at a mobile home park.


A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

Indiana Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, left, D-Anderson, and Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, call for the repeal of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a press conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, March 30, 2015. Republican legislative leaders say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year.



Tsarnaev's lawyers try to show brother in charge of bombing

In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) ? Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzkhokar Tsarnaev started their case by trying to show that his older brother was the driving force behind the 2013 terror attack.



Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas

Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, center, cheers with protesters outside of the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 30, 2015. A House committee earlier Monday advanced an amended version of a bill that opponents say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ? 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.



Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight

Ground crew members move a solar powered plane into a hangar after it landed at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Chongqing early Tuesday after a 20-hour, 1,375-kilometer (854 mile) flight from Mandalay, Myanmar, on the fifth leg of the plane's attempt to circumnavigate the globe. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) ? A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use.



Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race

FILE - In this March 26, 2015, file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responds to a reporter's question after the second of three televised debates against Cook County Commissioner and Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus Garcia, ahead of next month's runoff election in Chicago. A few short years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city?s most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed. Emanuel spent nearly $200 million over two years to flood those streets with police working overtime. Since then, the city?s overall violence has declined, but the number of slayings in some minority neighborhoods actually jumped. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)CHICAGO (AP) ? A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed.



Man accused in Ferguson police shooting to seek lower bond

FILE - In this file photo provided by the St. Louis County Police Department on March 15, 2015 is Jeffrey Williams. Williams, 20, is accused of shooting two police officers on March 12, during an early-morning rally sparked by the resignation of Ferguson's police chief. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Police Department)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) ? The attorney for a man accused of shooting two police officers during a Ferguson demonstration says he'll seek a lower bond for his client.