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Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. World leaders reach deal on Iran nukes
U.S., Iranian and European diplomats reached a framework on Thursday for an historic deal meant to block Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran, which insists that its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, agreed to put limits on its program to enrich uranium, and it agreed not to make weapons-grade plutonium — two means of building a bomb. Iran also agreed to international inspections that President Barack Obama said would be the toughest on any country in the world. With the deal met about 36 hours after an end-of-March deadline, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to Iran amid cheers for the outcome. But the tentative deal has already drawn fierce criticism from Israel and some Republican lawmakers. Read more in NEWS.
2. Al Shabab terrorists massacre 147 Kenyan college students
A bloody day of violence and terror at a Kenyan college finally ended Thursday night with "all four terrorists" and at least 147 other people dead, authorities said. The shocking rampage at Garissa University College came to a bloody conclusion at 9:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET), Kenyan officials said — more than 16 hours after the gunmen stormed the school, singling out non-Muslims and taking hostages. The al Qaeda-linked extremist group al Shabab claimed responsibility for the siege. The country's Ministry of Interior said about 587 people were safely evacuated, while another 79 were injured. Read more in NEWS.
3. Germanwings co-pilot accelerated jet's descent: investigators
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz repeatedly accelerated the plane, using the automatic pilot to descend the Airbus A320 into the Alps, France's air accident investigation agency said Friday. The revelation came after investigators began studying the black box data recorder from the plane found at the crash site Thursday. German prosecutors also said that Lubitz researched suicide methods online in the days before the crash, based on analysis of a tablet computer seized from his home. Read more in NEWS.
4. Fisherman recounts more than two months lost at sea
Louis Jordan, 36, who was rescued Thursday after he went missing at sea for 66 days, recounted how his quest to catch "some big ones" almost cost him his life. In an interview with TODAY on Friday, the self-described "inexperienced sailor" said he was headed to the Gulf Stream off the coast of South Carolina — "where a lot of fish are" — when disaster struck. "On the way there, my boat capsized," Jordan said. "I was actually sleeping, that's when it happened. The whole boat had turned around and I was flying through the air somersaulting and the ceiling was the floor and the floor was the ceiling." Read more in NEWS.
5. NCAA Final Four to get underway in Indianapolis
The favorite to win it all, Kentucky, takes on another No. 1 seed, Wisconsin, on Saturday, while Michigan State (No. 7) and Duke (No. 1) will battle it out for a spot in Monday's championship game. So what can fans expect? After a March Madness filled with thrills, disappointments and upsets, there will be a lot riding on Kentucky's shoulders: The Wildcats are trying to become the first team to even go 40-0 in a season while becoming the first undefeated champion since Indiana in 1976. The last team to make it to the Final Four without a loss on their resume? UNLV in 1991. Read more at NBC SPORTS.
6. Creators and cast of 'Mad Men' say goodbye
How do you say goodbye to a television show that redefined obsessive attention to detail — from the 1960s-era ladybug wallpaper to the Life magazines in the background, swapped out from week to week? How do you walk away from a fictional world that seemed so real? "Mad Men," which elevated basic-cable drama and started a retro fashion trend when it premiered in 2007, begins its final run of episodes on Sunday. Some of its stars spoke to NBC News before the Sterling Cooper ad agency closes its doors for good.
And now this ...
Meet Theia, a 1-year-old pitbull who was hit by a car, left for dead and buried. But she wasn't actually dead and she clawed her way out of her own grave. Now she's being nursed back to health.