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Governor: 'Religious freedom' bill needs changes

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he does not plan to sign the version of the "religious freedom" bill that lawmakers sent him and calls on the state Legislature to make changes. FULL STORY

Terrorists out of Tikrit; now liberators are feared

Potential booby traps are political as well as physical. Officials are concerned about what Iran-backed Shiite militiamen involved in the liberation may do. CNN's Arwa Damon was there. FULL STORY

Sources: U.S. senator to face corruption charges today

Federal prosecutors are expected to charge Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on Wednesday with using his Senate office to push the business interests of a friend and donor in exchange for gifts , people briefed on the case say.

Iran nuclear deadline passes

International talks to reach a preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear program have run past their Tuesday deadline and into another day, deepening uncertainty over whether a deal will be reached.

Germanwings crash witness: I'll never fly again

CNN's Karl Penhaul speaks to an Alpine shepherd who witnessed Germanwings Flight 9525 crash and says he'll never fly again.

Co-pilot's depression was known

Lufthansa confirmed co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had battled depression in the past. Meanwhile, reports emerged of cell phone video showing the flight's final seconds. FULL STORY | PHOTOS

Bikram yoga founder denies sex assault claims

In a CNN exclusive, Bikram yoga creator Bikram Choudhury reacts for the first time to allegations of rape or sexual assault by six of his former students.

Meet Nigeria's new president

Buhari will take the helm of Africa's most populous nation at a critical time, as Nigeria grapples with the violent militant group Boko Haram. He had led the country from 1983 to 1985. FULL STORY

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Southern California.

Boehner, Netanyahu laud 'bonds' in Israel

In a show of support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, House Speaker John Boehner highlighted the "strong as ever" bonds between the two countries, as he and a bipartisan congressional delegation visited Israel, the same date of the nuclear deal deadline between world powers and Iran.

Iran plane buzzed Navy copter

An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned.

April Fools' Day: The best and worst

From Pac-Man Google Maps to selfie shoes, here are the best -- and worst -- pranks from April Fools' Day 2015.

Scientology documentary: Fact or fiction?

In HBO's documentary film "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," former Scientology members talk about the inner workings of the church. But the church calls "Going Clear" propaganda. CNN's Stephanie Elam takes a look.

New 'Daily Show' host criticized for tweets

Trevor Noah is already facing heavy criticism from the Internet community less than 24 hours after being named Jon Stewart's replacement as host of "The Daily Show."

Grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty dead

Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty, died Tuesday in his home in Hollywood Hills, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Man charged: Trying to kill U.S. ambassador

Kim Ki-Jong, the man accused of stabbing U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert in South Korea last month, was charged with attempted murder Wednesday, an official with the Seoul Central District Court said.

Give kids alcohol if you want them to drink later

If you've already allowed your kids to take a little sip of your beer or wine from time to time, you probably won't be pleased when you hear the findings of a new report.

Painting elephant's death draws criticism

Officials at the Oregon Zoo report they euthanized an 8,000-pound elephant who was known for his paintings. Some blame the zoo for his injuries and death. KOIN reports.

World's oldest person dies

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest person according to Guinness World Records, has died at the age of 117.

Adam West, Burt Ward to reprise Batman roles

The skies over Gotham City might become bright once again in 2016, with Adam West and Burt Ward promising a return to their career-high roles of Batman and Robin as part of an upcoming animated project next year.

Inside Mike Tyson's abandoned mansion

The former heavyweight champ's home includes five bedrooms, a full sized pool and tiger cages.

This 'punk rocker' frog can shape-shift

The mutable rainfrog, dubbed "The Punk Rocker," is the first discovered vertebrate with the ability to transform from smooth to spiny skin.

A glimpse of life on the reservation

Growing up in Germany, everything Felix von der Osten learned about Native Americans came from the books of 19th-century German writer Karl May.