Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Iran nuke talks resume after deadline passes
Iran and six world powers resumed talks about Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, hours after an earlier deadline passed without a deal. While Tuesday at midnight local time was the self-imposed deadline, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that "enough progress" had been made to "merit staying" in Switzerland for talks until Wednesday. As the talks continued, disagreements remained over how to deal with Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium, as well as other key issues. The negotiators were working to finalize language in a statement that could come later in the day, barring complications. Meanwhile, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on negotiators to seek a "better deal" than what is on the table. Read more in NEWS.
2. Lufthansa CEO: 'Long time' needed to understand crash
Lufthansa's chief executive, Carsten Spohr, promised families of the victims of the doomed Germanwings jetliner that the airline would help "as long as is needed" as he visited the crash site in the French Alps Wednesday. "We are learning more every day about the causes of the accident," he told reporters. However, he refused to answer questions about Lufthansa knowing about the mental health of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who investigators believe deliberately crashed the plane. The airline said Tuesday that Lubitz had informed his flight school of a "severe period of depression" after taking a break in his pilot's training. Read more in NEWS.
3. Religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas draw debate
On the heels of Indiana's controversial religious freedom law, which critics say could allow for businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community, Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to a similar measure that the governor is expected to sign. Protesters had gathered outside the governor's mansion in Little Rock on Tuesday morning in anticipation of the state House's vote. Arkansas-based mega-retailer Walmart also came out swinging against the bill, and urged the governor to veto it. Meanwhile, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana defended the state's law, but also said he wants clarification that it doesn't allow for discrimination. Read more in POLITICS.
4. What's at stake for new the Nigerian president?
In a surprise move early Wednesday, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan conceded to his rival, the retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. But Buhari, who once ruled Nigeria between 1983 to 1985 after seizing power in a military coup, will have a slate of issues to handle. He has already promised to "choke" the Islamist militants Boko Haram, implement economic reforms, and root out waste and corruption. "Let me assure you that if I am elected president, the world will have no cause to worry about Nigeria as it has had to recently; that Nigeria will return to its stabilizing role in West Africa," he previously told an audience at Chatham House, an international policy institute. Read more in NEWS.
5. Getty oil fortune heir found dead at California home
Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home, his family said Tuesday night. "At first glance, it does not appear to be a criminal type of act. But that could change," a Los Angeles police spokesman said. Getty's death appeared to be "natural or an accident," added Los Angeles County Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News that there was trauma to Getty's body but that its cause wasn't immediately unidentifiable. Read more in NEWS.
6. New 'Daily Show' host takes heat over tweets
Just a day after Comedy Central announced that South African comedian Trevor Noah would succeed Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show," an online backlash began. Noah, 31 and largely unknown in America before being tapped for the satirical news program, has been criticized for some of his past Twitter posts, which have included what some believe are anti-Semitic and misogynistic sounding. Noah defended himself late Tuesday. Read in POP CULTURE.
And now this ...
In Lourinha, Portugal, scientists have discovered the fossils of Metoposaurus Algarvensis, a huge predatory amphibian who lived during the rise of the dinosaurs.