ISIS FIGHTERS KILL OVER 40 PEOPLE IN ATTACK ON GOVT-HELD VILLAGE IN CENTRAL SYRIA *

SYRIAN STATE TV REPORTS THAT SUNNI EXTREMIST GROUP SLAUGHTERED 44 PEOPLE IN MABUJA IN CENTRAL HAMA PROVINCE, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN *

SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS SAYS MORE THAN THREE DOZEN CIVILIANS WERE SHOT, BURNED AND STABBED BEFORE MILITANTS WITHDREW *

IRAQI PM SAYS GOVT FORCES HAVE REACHED CENTER OF TIKRIT IN PUSH AGAINST ISIS *

LARGE-SCALE OPERATION TO RECAPTURE SADDAM HUSSEIN'S HOMETOWN BEGAN ON MARCH 2 *

IT STALLED UNTIL U.S. FORCES JOINED THE OFFENSIVE, LAUNCHING AIRSTRIKES ON MARCH 25 *

MEANWHILE, A SUICIDE BOMBER DETONATED NEAR A BUS UNLOADING IRANIAN SHIITE PILGRIMS NORTH OF BAGHDAD, KILLING 10 PEOPLE *

NOBODY IMMEDIATELY CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY, BUT NEAR-DAILY ATTACKS AGAINST SHIITE MUSLIMS AND SECURITY FORCES IN IRAQ ARE OFTEN CLAIMED BY ISIS, A SUNNI EXTREMIST GROUP *

BOSTON UNIVERSITY RENAMES BUSINESS SCHOOL AFTER ALUMNUS WHO DONATED $50 MIL, LARGEST GIFT IN UNIVERSITY HISTORY *

'64 GRAD ALLEN QUESTROM AND HIS WIFE, KELLI, MADE THE GIFT THROUGH THEIR FOUNDATION *

QUESTROM MADE HIS FORTUNE IN THE RETAIL INDUSTRY, ORCHESTRATING TURNAROUNDS AT NEIMAN MARCUS, BARNEYS NEW YORK AND JC PENNEY *

FORMER MILITARY DICTATOR HOLDS LEAD IN NIGERIA'S BITTERLY CONTESTED PRES ELECTION *

ELECTORAL OFFICIALS HOPE TO ANNOUNCE LATER TODAY WHO WILL GOVERN AFRICA'S RICHEST AND BIGGEST NATION *

IF MUHAMMADU BUHARI WINS AND PRES GOODLUCK JONATHAN STEPS DOWN, IT WOULD MARK FIRST TIME IN NIGERIA'S HISTORY THAT AN OPPOSITION PARTY HAS DEMOCRATICALLY TAKEN CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY FROM THE RULING PARTY *

INDIANA GOV MIKE PENCE (R) SAYS HE WANTS TO CHANGE RELIGIOUS-OBJECTIONS LAW SO THAT IT WON'T ALLOW DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GAYS AND LESBIANS *

PENCE SAYS THE LAW HAS BEEN "GROSSLY MISCHARACTERIZED" AND HAS PUT INDIANA UNDER A HARSH GLARE *

BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING APPLE AND THE NCAA HAVE VOICED CONCERN OVER THE EFFECT OF THE LAW, AND SOME STATES HAVE BARRED GOVT-FUNDED TRAVEL TO INDIANA *

GERMAN AIRLINE LUFTHANSA SAYS CO-PILOT OF PLANE THAT CRASHED IN FRENCH ALPS TOLD HIS FLIGHT SCHOOL OF A "SERIOUS DEPRESSIVE EPISODE" *

LUFTHANSA SAYS NOTE WAS FOUND IN EMAILS ANDREAS LUBITZ HAD SENT TO THE FLIGHT SCHOOL IN 2009 WHEN HE RESUMED HIS TRAINING AFTER AN INTERRUPTION *

AIRLINE SAYS IT HAS PROVIDED DOCUMENTS TO PROSECUTORS AND DECLINED TO MAKE ANY FURTHER COMMENT *

U.S. SAYS NUCLEAR TALKS BETWEEN IRAN AND SIX WORLD POWERS WILL PASS TODAY'S MIDNIGHT DEADLINE AND EXTEND AT LEAST A DAY *

STATE DEPT SPOX SAYS ENOUGH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE TO WARRANT AN EXTENSION, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE STILL "SEVERAL DIFFICULT ISSUES" TO BRIDGE *

TALKS ARE AIMED AT PRODUCING AN OUTLINE THAT WOULD ALLOW THE SIDES TO CONTINUE NEGOTIATIONS UNTIL THE JUNE 30 FINAL DEADLINE *

WHITE HOUSE SUBMITS PLEDGE TO U.N. THAT U.S. WILL CUT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY UP TO 28% OVER NEXT DECADE *

SUBMISSION FULFILLS U.N. REQUIREMENT THAT COUNTRIES SUBMIT PLANS DETAILING THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL CLIMATE EFFORT BEFORE A DECEMBER SUMMIT IN PARIS *

CENTRAL TO THE U.S. COMMITMENT IS THE CLEAN POWER PLAN, WHICH SETS TOUGH NEW LIMITS FOR CARBON EMISSIONS FROM THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR, BUT HAS BEEN OPPOSED BY REPUBLICANS AND INDUSTRY GROUPS *

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY) IS WARNING THAT INTL NEGOTIATORS "PROCEED WITH CAUTION BEFORE ENTERING INTO A BINDING, UNATTAINABLE DEAL" *

DEFENSE RESTS CASE IN FED DEATH PENALTY TRIAL OF BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV *

TSARNAEV'S LAWYERS ENDED THEIR CASE AFTER CALLING JUST FOUR WITNESSES *

DEFENSE ADMITTED THAT TSARNAEV PARTICIPATED IN THE BOMBINGS BUT SAID HIS LATE OLDER BROTHER, TAMERLAN, WAS THE MASTERMIND OF THE 2013 TERROR ATTACK *

THREE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND MORE THAN 260 WERE INJURED IN THE ATTACK *