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Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

VIENNA — Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons. Iran’s failure to comply would […]

After Charleston, South revisits its many Confederate images

ATLANTA — Calls to remove Confederate imagery from public places multiplied rapidly across the South and beyond Tuesday, with opponents eyeing state flags, license plates and statues of Civil War politicians and generals. The startling movement, driven by the killing of nine black churchgoers in an apparent racist attack in Charleston, South Carolina, has made […]

Federal agencies are wide open to hackers, cyberspies

WASHINGTON — Passwords written down on desks. Outdated anti-virus software. “Perceived ineptitude” in information technology departments. The federal government, which holds secrets and sensitive information ranging from nuclear blueprints to the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans, has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, […]

US won’t threaten to prosecute hostages’ families for ransom

WASHINGTON — Softening longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution. The shift comes as part of a broad review of U.S. hostage guidelines that will be released Wednesday. President Barack Obama ordered the review […]

SC lawmakers agree to debate removing Confederate flag

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina lawmakers took their first step toward removing the Confederate battle flag from their Statehouse grounds Tuesday as protesters outside demanded the flag come down in response to the hate-crime killings of nine people inside their historic black church. South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas described the killings a “terrorizing […]

Searchers buoyed by fresh DNA comb woods for escaped inmates

BELLMONT, N.Y. — Hundreds of searchers spurred on by fresh evidence methodically combed through heavy woods in far northern New York on Tuesday hoping to finally close in on two elusive murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago. Authorities began committing heavy resources to the remote woods days ago after […]

Study: Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses

CHICAGO — Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving […]

Trump elbows into 2016 race

NEW YORK — The Donald is running for president — for real this time. Real-estate mogul and reality-television star Donald Trump, who has brazenly flirted with running for office before but never followed through, announced Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination for president. Trump entered the race in a bombastic spectacle befitting a […]

Cool, rainy weather hinders hunt for loose killers on Day 11

DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Search teams hindered by cool, rainy weather combed through woods for an 11th day trying to track down two escaped murderers on Tuesday as one official raised doubts the escapees relied solely on a now-jailed prison worker to help them get away after their breakout. More than 800 law enforcement officers who […]

Ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal: ‘I identify as black’

NEW YORK — The NAACP chapter president who resigned after her parents said she is white said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and she “takes exception” to the contention she tried to deceive people. Rachel Dolezal said on NBC’s “Today” show that […]

Texas communities brace for another round of heavy rainfall

DALLAS — The eastern half of Texas prepared for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall Tuesday along the state’s Gulf Coast. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It was centered early Tuesday afternoon on Matagorda Island, Texas, and moving northwest. […]

Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter never revealed murderous plan

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The psychiatrist who treated James Holmes before he attacked a Colorado movie theater said Tuesday that she would have called police and had him detained if she had known his plans. Dr. Lynne Fenton testified that Holmes acknowledged he was having homicidal thoughts as often as three or four times a day […]

Records: Man shot near base reported ‘spy devices’ at home

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — The armed man who was shot and critically wounded while trying to get into Little Rock Air Force Base had suffered financial problems and hallucinations, and believed “spy devices” were planted at his home by base officials, according to documents released Tuesday. Investigators said it’s unclear why Larry McElroy drove his SUV […]

San Francisco holds off on plan to limit vacation rentals

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco supervisors tabled further attempts to regulate home-shares on Tuesday, despite calls from some members to vote on a plan to limit short-term vacation rentals to 60 days a year. The vote by the Board of Supervisors to move the discussion to next month was approved 7-4. Current city law, in […]

Officer caught on video in Texas pool party incident resigns

MCKINNEY, Texas — A white police officer recorded on video pushing a black girl to the ground at a North Texas pool party resigned from the police force Tuesday. Officer David Eric Casebolt’s actions were “indefensible,” McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said at a press conference after the officer submitted his resignation. But Casebolt was […]

San Francisco approves health warning on sugary drink ads

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such beverages contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems. It’s believed that San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require such a warning on ads for soda if […]

Police descend on small town in search for 2 escaped killers

WILLSBORO, N.Y. — With police helicopters hovering overhead, hundreds of law officers in body armor poured into this small town in the Adirondack Mountains on Tuesday in a search for two killers who used power tools to break out of a maximum-security prison 30 miles away. The hunt that began over the weekend focused on […]

Obama: Health law is now ‘reality,’ despite what critics say

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared his health care law a firmly established “reality” of American life even as the legality of one of its key elements awaits a decision by the Supreme Court. “This is now part of the fabric of how we care for one another,” Obama said of the law, […]

Pentagon: More labs got shipments of live anthrax samples

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says the number of laboratories that received shipments of live anthrax samples has grown to 68, including one in the United Kingdom. Defense officials disclosed in late May that low concentration samples of live anthrax were shipped to labs from the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, beginning in 2005 or […]

Hastert makes 1st court appearance in hush-money case

CHICAGO — Dennis Hastert appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since he was indicted, pleading not guilty to charges that he violated banking rules and lied to the FBI in a scheme to pay $3.5 million in hush money to conceal misconduct from his days as a high school teacher. Defense attorney Thomas […]

Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor in Manson trial, dies at 80

LOS ANGELES — Vincent Bugliosi was an anonymous junior member of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office when he was handed the case that, for better or worse, would define his life: the prosecution of one of America’s most notorious mass murderers, Charles Manson. During a closely watched and oftentimes bizarre trial that lasted […]

Obama administration warns 2015 wildfires could be costly

DENVER — Despite a wet spring, the Obama administration warned Tuesday that this summer’s wildfires could drain the federal firefighting budget and force government agencies to transfer money from programs meant to reduce long-term fire danger. The Agriculture and Interior departments said their firefighting costs are expected to range from $810 million to $1.62 billion […]

France awaits Vatican word on ambassador said to be gay

PARIS — The French government is expecting the Vatican to decide within days whether to approve the nomination of a respected diplomat who is said to be gay as French ambassador to the Holy See. Paris is hoping that Laurent Stefanini wins approval five months after the French presidential palace submitted his nomination. The French government is […]

June 03, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

EU to relocate 40,000 immigrants within union

BRUSSELS — The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by The Associated Press Tuesday. The relocation proposal, to be unveiled by the EU’s executive Commission on Wednesday, would see new Syrian and […]

May 27, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

UN says alarming spike in female suicide bombings in Nigeria

GUBIO, Nigeria — Children are now being seen as potential threats after an “alarming spike” in suicide bombings by girls and women being used by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. The number of reported suicide attacks has jumped to 27 in the first five months of this year […]

May 27, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Iraq begins operation to oust Islamic State from Anbar

BAGHDAD — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi. The operation, which Iraqi state TV said was backed by […]

May 27, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Closed-door trial in Iran of Washington Post reporter begins

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian security court on Tuesday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of “espionage for the hostile government […]

May 27, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Gunmen try to kill Libya’s recognized prime minister

BENGHAZI, Libya — Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said. Arish Said, head of the government’s media department, said that Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s motorcade was attacked and one of his guards was […]

May 27, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

‘Bold’ Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday – a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a “social revolution.” Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters say “yes” to changing the nation’s constitution to define marriage as a union […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Colombian rebels call off cease fire

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country’s half-century-old conflict. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said in a statement Friday that it felt obliged to […]

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