This Morning from CBS News, March 30, 2015

Nuclear deal?

Secretary of State John Kerry, along with negotiators from six countries, were racing today to try to complete a nuclear deal with Iran. CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reports the world powers in the talks in Switzerland are pressuring Iran to take the U.S.-brokered deal. Kerry cancelled plans to return home for a previous engagement in order to continue the marathon talks. Here is where things stand now.

Germanwings crash

So far, 78 different DNA strands have been isolated from recovered body parts, and a road is being built to make it easier to remove debris from the Germanwings crash site. Theories on why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed the plane abound: He was suffering severe depression; he was on medication for psychological problems; he had a troubled relationship; eyesight problems, possibly a detached retina, and he feared his flying license would not be renewed, reports CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey.

Assad answers Rose

“CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose has interviewed embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a second time for “60 Minutes.” Since the first interview, ISIS has become a greater threat to the U.S., and Assad’s regime just entered the fifth year of a brutal civil war. And last month, Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News the U.S. is open to negotiating with Syria which is, something, Rose discovered, Assad wants.

Kennedy Institute

Sen. Ted Kennedy continues to inspire, more than five years after his death. President Obama will travel to Boston today to help dedicate a new institute in Kennedy’s name. It honors the senator’s passion, commitment and ability to bridge political gaps. CBS News correspondent Chip Reid received a tour of the center before its official opening.

Schieffer on Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy crashed and crashed again during the early turns of his life, but somehow he kept on going, through the sorrows and tragedies over which he had no control and the self-destructiveness over which he did — and in the final laps,he won.

Next to declare?

Appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he hasn’t decided yet if he’s running for president. But if he does, he seems confident that his coalition from the 2008 election and his foreign policy know-how could take him all the way to the White House.

Running costs

Running for president has been a costly endeavor for decades, but it seems to grow more expensive every cycle. In 2012, Mitt Romney’s super PAC, Restore Our Future, spent $43 million for his entire primary campaign, and it seemed like a huge sum. But that figure will likely be dwarfed in 2016.

Mobile banking

Smartphones have dramatically changed just about everything we do, and how we bank is right up there. According to a new report from the Federal Reserve Board, the use of mobile phones to access bank accounts and credit cards and conduct financial transactions is now commonplace among U.S. consumers. Here how we got there and how people are using it.

Cash crop

There’s a new gold rush in Colorado from the state’s legal pot industry. Instead of growing weed, some entrepreneurs are cashing in without getting anywhere near the crop. CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports on the newest source of money from Colorado’s billion-dollar marijuana market.

Killing cancer

The long war on cancer has left us well short of victory. Radiation flashed on in the 19th century, chemotherapy began to drip in the 20th but, for so many, 100 years of research adds up to just a few more months of life. Well, as CBS News anchor Scott Pelley reports for “60 Minutes”, you’re about see a discovery for the 21st century that may be a big leap forward — awakening the power of the body’s immune system.


Doctors have been saying for years that what you eat can affect the health of your heart. Now there’s growing evidence that the same is true for your brain. A new study shows a diet plan appropriately called the MIND diet may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Largest gem

The Bahia emerald, one of the largest and rarest gems in the world, is at the center of a court battle in Los Angeles. CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports on how several people are staking a claim to the 840-pound emerald — but they’re up against an entire country.

Cryer career

Jon Cryer enjoyed a very long run on the hit CBS series, “Two and a Half Men.” And now that the series is over, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy for “Sunday Morning,” Cryer’s telling the whole truth about his career, from his role as Duckie in “Pretty in Pink” to “Two and Half Men.”

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