Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue VIENNA (AP) - Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks pushed past their second deadline in a week on Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The discussions, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday. "We knew it would have been difficult, challenging and sometimes hard," said Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief. She said the negotiations would continue despite hitting some "tense" moments, and the U.S. State Department declared the current interim nuclear arrangement with Iran extended through July 10.
Lack of new Greek proposals leaves eurozone leaders on edge BRUSSELS (AP) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras strode into a summit of eurozone leaders with a beaming smile Tuesday, but was met with anger when it became clear he had no written proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin. With Greece's banks just days away from a potential collapse that could drag the country out of the euro, Tsipras had been expected to offer up economic reforms in exchange for loans. Instead, his government said it would only present a plan on Wednesday.
SC Senate gives final OK to Confederate flag removal COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a bill removing the Confederate flag from a pole in front of the Statehouse, sending the proposal to the House, where it faces a less certain future. The banner at the Capitol came under greater scrutiny over the last few weeks after authorities said a gunman, motivated by racial hatred, opened fire inside a black church June 17, killing nine people. The suspect was photographed several times holding a Confederate flag and burning an American flag, and one of the slain was state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was the head pastor at the church.
Air Force: Pilot of crashed F-16 ejected to safety CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An Air Force spokeswoman says the pilot of a crashed F-16 fighter jet ejected to safety. Maj. Morshe Araujo, a spokeswoman at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon, says the F-16 originated from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Araujo says the pilot of the jet, which collided with a Cessna, ejected safely.
Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could aid women's cases PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women before sex could bolster criminal and civil claims being pursued by his accusers, their lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents. Cosby in sworn testimony unsealed Monday admitted that he gave the now-banned sedative to a 19-year-old woman before they had sex in Las Vegas in the 1970s. He also admitted giving the powerful drug to unnamed others.
Pope urges LatAm to unite and spread faith on continent QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Pope Francis urged Latin Americans to channel the same urgency that brought them independence from Spain two centuries ago to spreading the faith on a continent where Catholicism is losing souls to other religious movements, using his final Mass in Ecuador on Tuesday to issue an appeal for the missionary church that he has championed. Francis chose to celebrate the Mass in Quito's Bicentennial Park - an apt location given that Ecuador was where the first cries of independence against Spanish rule rose up in Latin America in 1809.
AP PHOTOS: Pope encountering rich indigenous traditions QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Rich indigenous traditions dating back centuries before European priests arrived in the New World are on display throughout South America. As Pope Francis tours Ecuador, the government has recruited indigenous people to greet the pontiff at many events. Church officials say he'll make remarks in native tongues including Aymara, Quechua and Guarani during his South American tour, which also includes stops in Bolivia and Paraguay.
Patients heap scorn on cancer doctor at his sentencing DETROIT (AP) - Telling stories of deep anguish, patients and their relatives described Tuesday how a Detroit-area cancer doctor wrecked their lives through excessive treatments and intentional misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers. A federal judge set aside hours to hear from victims of Dr. Farid Fata, who faces sentencing this week for fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Some entered court with canes. Others wore elastic sleeves on their wrists, their joints weakened by years of unnecessary chemotherapy. They said they were betrayed by a soft-spoken doctor who won their trust but left them broke and devastated.