Nine things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 3.30.2015

Apple's Tim Cook, other tech leaders pan Indiana "religious freedom" law; Jamie Foxx under fire for Bruce Jenner jokes; Rubio plans Miami presidential bid announcement.

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook

1. Apple CEO Tim Cook penned an op-ed in The Washington Post Sunday night taking on Indiana’s recently passed "religious freedom" law, saying "there’s something very dangerous happening in states around the country." Critics say it and similar laws in other states could be used to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers. and Angie’s List are among the companies that have panned the Indiana law, which is in the spotlight as Indianapolis prepares to host the Final Four starting on Saturday.

2. Going Clear, a film that purports to pull the curtain back on some of the shadier practices of the Church of Scientology, aired Sunday night on HBO despite months of pushback by the organization.

3. Former Iowa Democratic Party communications director Christina Freundlich apologized for posting a selfie in front of the East Village gas-explosion site where two bodies were discovered on Sunday. The New York Post called Feundlich and others "self-absorbed jerks."

4. Lufthansa could still face liability despite Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz’s reported secrecy before the Tuesday morning crash that killed 150 people in southern France. A German newspaper published transcripts over the weekend of what it says are black-box recordings of the flight’s final moments.

5. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is planning to announce his run for the Republican presidential nomination two weeks from now in Miami. On the Democratic side, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley took his first real shots at Hillary Clinton on This Week on Sunday morning, portraying potential Bush and Clinton campaigns as a dynastic struggle for the White House.

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6. Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx is under fire for jokes he made Sunday night at the iHeartRadio Music Awards about Bruce Jenner. The appearance was widely panned on social media.

7. Deadline’s editor has apologized for an article that questioned whether there is too much diversity in TV casting. The site published an article on Tuesday with the headline "The year of ethnic castings — About time or too much of a good thing?"

8. Volvo is planning to open a car-manufacturing plant in the US, in a move likely to win it some goodwill from American consumers. It plans to pick a state in a month.

9. Australia’s immigration department mistakenly leaked personal details of world leaders including President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after they attended the G20 Summit in the country. The department blamed Microsoft Outlook’s autofill feature. 

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