Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), a consultant of the National Rifle Association, discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program at the National Press Club in Washington April 2, 2013.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Arkansas governor sends religion bill back for rewrite

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas' Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson is sending the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act back to the legislature for a rewrite.  Full Article 

U.S. private payrolls, factory data point to weak Q1 growth 1:22pm EDT

WASHINGTON - U.S. private employers added the smallest number of workers in more than a year in March and factory activity hit a near two-year low, fresh signs that economic growth slowed significantly in the first quarter.

Wider Image: Lonely Death

Packaged condoms are seen in discarded rubbish in a flat in Tokyo March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

As more and more people in Japan die alone and unnoticed, it comes down to Hirotsugu Masuda and his crew to clean up the apartments.  Wider Image | Video 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) waits prior to a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne March 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Despite progress, Iran nuclear talks hit impasse

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran's nuclear program, but they hit an impasse over key details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions and Iran's future atomic research.  Full Article 

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in the White House in Washington, July, 27, 1965. LBJ Presidential Library/Yoichi Okamoto

What happens if Iran breaks a nuclear deal?

The success of any nuclear framework agreement negotiated by Iran and world powers this week ultimately will be determined not by the signing of a final accord in June but by Tehran’s fidelity to nonproliferation in the years and decades to come.  Commentary 

L to R: Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, governor of Wisconsin; Rick Perry, governor of Texas. REUTERS/Files

We hate Obamacare (but not the money): GOP

WASHINGTON - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds of millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law.  Full Article 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in Boston March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

New sanctions plan targets overseas hackers

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration launched the first-ever sanctions program to financially punish individuals and groups outside the United States that are engaged in malicious cyber attacks.  Full Article 

Members of the Iraqi security forces gather in Tikrit April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraq claims victory over Islamic State in Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq - The Iraqi government claimed victory over Islamic State insurgents in Tikrit after a month-long battle for the city supported by Shi'ite militiamen and U.S.-led air strikes, saying that only small pockets of resistance remained.  Full Article | Video 

Despite progress, Iran nuclear talks hits impasse

Major powers and Iran are closer to a preliminary accord on Tehran's nuclear program but they hit an impasse over key details. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.