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On 9th day, Kerry says Iran nuke talks could go either way

VIENNA — Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts “could go either way,” cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war. The EU’s top foreign policy […]

Fans cheer as Princess Charlotte christened on royal estate

LONDON — Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday – a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II’s country estate that was steeped in royal tradition. Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, a sprawling royal estate near England’s eastern coast, cheered as William […]

US-led coalition unleashes wave of airstrikes on Raqqa

BEIRUT — U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a wave of airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria in what the coalition said Sunday was one of its most sustained aerial operations carried out in Syria to date. IS said at least 10 people were killed and many others wounded in the attacks […]

Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

NEW YORK — Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey “Jaws” Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, thwarting Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory. Stonie, 23, who finished second last year, downed 62 hot dogs and buns, beating Chestnut by two. […]

66 riders safely evacuated after 400-foot Ferris wheel stops

ORLANDO, Fla. — The largest Ferris wheel on the East Coast reopened Saturday, one day after 66 riders were stranded on The Orlando Eye and had to be evacuated from the towering 400-foot attraction. “The team of technicians has successfully completed the necessary work to resolve the technical default that occurred yesterday within the system […]

Nuke deal could open door for cooperation, Iran says

VIENNA — In a message to Washington, Iran’s foreign minister on Friday called for an end to “coercion and pressure” at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations’ interests. Mohammad Javad Zarif did not mention […]

Genocide survivor takes solace in searching for bones of victims

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Day after day, Ramiz Nukic goes into the woods around Srebrenica in search of a tragic quarry: human bones. There’s rarely a day in which he does not find the remains of at least one murdered boy or man, even 20 years after Europe’s worst massacre since World War II. Srebrenica’s killing […]

Egypt marks anniversary of ousting of president

CAIRO — Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt’s Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo’s Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt’s upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week’s dead, including soldiers cut down by […]

Sanders touts fundraising figures, falls short of Hillary

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. About 250,000 donors have given money, giving the senator a solid foundation from which to build an insurgent campaign against Clinton […]

Police shoot, kill man on I-5 outside of Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Four troopers and two federal agents all fired their weapons in a standoff on Interstate 5 in southern Oregon that left a man dead who had been sought in the slaying of his girlfriend in Northern California, Oregon State Police said Thursday. Spokesman Lt. Bill Fugate said police were in Sunny […]

Obama reverses course on college ratings

WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama’s own administration. Nearly two years after […]

Walker throws hat into a crowded GOP ring

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher’s son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said on Thursday. Having spent the past several months traveling the country, speaking to conservatives, courting voters and scoring well in some early polls, […]

Kuwait chooses solidarity in face of mosque attack

KUWAIT CITY — An Islamic State sympathizer’s deadly bombing in a packed Kuwaiti mosque last week was designed to fit an all-too-familiar pattern: extremists attack Shiites to stoke sectarian hatred and then proclaim themselves the defenders of Sunnis against those they denounce as heretics. This time the attack seems to have backfired, at least for […]

Train with hazardous materials catches fire

MARYVILLE, Tenn.  — A local official said smoke quit rising Thursday afternoon from the site where a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said shortly before 6 p.m. that he and others had visited the site […]

BP settlement deal should be last for gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion. Federal and state government officials touted […]

Iran digs in heels during nuke talks

VIENNA — Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place. Speaking to reporters in […]

Yee seeking to change plea

SAN FRANCISCO — A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Ex-Sen. Leland Yee, who previously has pleaded not guilty to bribery, money laundering and other felony charges, was scheduled to go on trial […]

Environmentalists want to stop California fracking

LOS ANGELES — Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between August […]

Stranded, lost mother gives birth in forest

OROVILLE — Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Chris French said Tuesday that a helicopter pilot responding to a brush fire Saturday first spotted a mother and an infant. Rescue workers on the ground […]

Harbor Theatre to get new operators

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council gave City Manager Suzanne Bragdon the nod Tuesday night to open negotiations with the Creative Arts Collective to move into the vacant Harbor Theatre with the intent to revive the waterfront’s theater scene. Councilwoman Lori Wilson threw her support to the group saying that the Collective would create […]

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