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  • The Iran deal: A look at what it does and problems remaining

    VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran are back in nuclear talks, and this round may be the deciding one. After nearly a decade of international diplomacy, negotiators are working past Tuesday's deadline, trying to reach a final agreement that would curb Iran's nuclear activities for a decade and put tens of billions of dollars back into the...

  • China's ruling Communists recruits fewer members

    BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party says it recruited almost 15 percent fewer new members last year as if focuses on better qualified candidates. A party statement said that accounting for deaths and other losses, membership expanded by 1.1 million members, or 1.3 percent in 2014, to a total of 87.79 million. An additional 56,000...

  • Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway

    NEW YORK (AP) — It may not have been the fastest getaway, but police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who robbed a bank in New York City. It happened at the Santander Bank in Queens shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. Police say a man in his late 20s and wearing a grey hoodie wheeled into the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding...

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions. Attorneys general in both states asked courts Monday to allow executions to proceed, just hours after the high court voted 5-4 in a case...

  • A look at wildfire hotspots around the West

    Wildfires chased residents from neighborhoods in Washington state, where 24 structures burned, and in California, where flames raged uncomfortably close to a historic mission. In Alaska, rain helped suppress fire activity. Here's a look at hotspots around the West: ___ WASHINGTON Residents of several hundred homes fled when a blaze erupted...

  • Pre-Civil War baseball team card going on the auction block

    NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album. Now the pre-Civil War card that's been in the same family for over 150 years is going on the auction block where it could bring as much as $50,000....

  • Passenger sets self on fire on Japan's bullet train

    TOKYO (AP) — A passenger on one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains tried to set himself or herself on fire Tuesday, causing smoke to fill the carriage and forcing the train to stop, Japan's transport ministry said. Two people were found unconscious, a ministry official said. Japanese media reported that at least one had died, but that could...

  • Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. Greek Prime Minister Alexis...

  • La. court clerks get OK to issue same-sex marriage licenses

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans men celebrated what apparently was the first same-sex wedding in Louisiana as the last holdout state began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that marriage is a fundamental right for all Americans. Gay rights advocates said Louisiana had been the last state to...

  • UN condemns fighting by Syria and rebels in Golan Heights

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is condemning the fighting and use of heavy weapons by Syrian armed forces and opposition fighters in the area that has separated Syrian and Israel forces since 1974. A resolution co-sponsored by Russia and the United States and adopted unanimously by the council on Monday calls on parties to the...

  • Gov. Cuomo: Inmates had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. David Sweat, 35, was hospitalized in serious condition...

  • The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece has entered the twilight zone. Out of money, cut off by its creditors, its banks shut, the struggling country will vote Sunday on whether to accept painful cutbacks in return for desperately needed financing. Between now and then Greece remains suspended between collapse and an uncertain rescue, between...

  • Fight over gumbo spices leads to fatal stabbing in Florida

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Police say a fight over gumbo spices ended with the fatal stabbing of a Florida restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot. Panama City police say 33-year-old Caleb Joshua Halley was working at Buddy's Seafood Market last Tuesday when he and a co-worker, 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, began arguing about how much...

  • Report gives harrowing detail of Nebraska prison 'rampage'

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A deadly rampage by several hundred inmates at an understaffed Nebraska maximum security prison in May started when too many prisoners were allowed to leave their cells at once to get medication, according to an investigative report released on Monday. Multiple inmates at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution were...

  • Families, Arizona settle suit in deaths of 19 firefighters

    PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona settled a lawsuit Monday brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell. The settlement announced by state Attorney General Mark Brnovich will pay the families $50,000 each. Some vowed to donate the money to a...

  • Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote. The Post and Courier newspaper, the South Carolina Press Association and The Associated Press asked all lawmakers how they intend to vote. At least 33 senators and 83...

  • California bill seeks to make cheerleaders team employees

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says...

  • Suriname's leader dismisses acting speaker of Parliament

    PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Suriname's president has dismissed the acting speaker of Parliament, asserting the firing was necessary to uphold the South American nation's constitution. President Desi Bouterse told reporters Monday that he "had no other choice than to dismiss" acting speaker Paul Somohardjo shortly after he was sworn because...

  • Jury rejects conservative's bias suit against U. Iowa dean

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former dean of the University of Iowa law school didn't commit illegal political discrimination when she passed over a conservative lawyer for teaching jobs, a jury ruled Monday. After a six-day trial, a federal jury in Davenport rejected Teresa Manning's assertion that then-Dean Carolyn Jones rejected her for the...

  • UN chief: Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace'

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up. The U.N. chief stressed that only 10 negotiating days remain and key political issues are still on the table. Ban told a high-level...

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