Officials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran's nuclear ambitions, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Officials had set a deadline of March 31 for a framework agreement, and later softened that wording to a framework understanding, between Iran and the so-called P5+1 nations - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Iraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants Tuesday holed up in downtown Tikrit as the country's prime minister announced security forces had reached the city's center. In a statement Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said security forces already have retaken neighborhoods on the southern and western edges of Saddam Hussein's hometown and are moving to control the entire city. But Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, the commander of the Salahuddin operation, said his forces fighting in from the west were still 300 meters (325 yards) from the center of Tikrit.
Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The fight over religious objection proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure. A final vote could come as early as Tuesday in the state House on the proposal that would prohibit state and local government from infringing on someone's religious beliefs without a "compelling" reason. Unlike Indiana - where Republicans were working on adding language to clarify the state's recently enacted law after a firestorm of protests - Arkansas lawmakers said they weren't seeking to modify the measure.
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French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules PARIS (AP) - French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine "systemic weaknesses" like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash - issues that could affect the worldwide aviation industry. Lufthansa, meanwhile, said its insurers had set aside $300 million to deal with possible costs from the March 24 crash.
Police: Men in shooting at NSA had gone to hotel to 'party' FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Police say two cross-dressing men who crashed into a guarded entrance to the National Security Agency in a stolen car met the vehicle's owner in Baltimore before heading to a hotel to "party." Howard County police spokeswoman Mary Phelan says the SUV's owner picked up the two men, dressed as women, in Baltimore and then headed to the Terrace Motel in Elkridge. Phelan says the vehicle owner told investigators they arrived at the hotel around 7:30 a.m. to "party."
AP Exclusive: Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle DETROIT (AP) - Many tractor-trailers on the nation's roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials. Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph.
Computer expert: Tsarnaev's brother searched for bomb parts BOSTON (AP) - A computer expert testifying in the Boston Marathon bombing trial says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) older brother did Internet searches on bombing components in the weeks before the 2013 terror attack. The expert says search terms on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's laptop included "detonator, "transmitter and receiver" and "fireworks firing system." He says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's laptop showed his computer activity focused heavily on Facebook and a Russian version of Facebook.
Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The State Department released a total of four emails between Clinton and her top advisers as part of a Freedom of Information Act request filed in 2013 by the AP, which sought Clinton's correspondence with senior advisers over a four-year period relating to drone strikes overseas and U.S. surveillance programs.
Police search for armed prisoner after hospital escape FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A prisoner being treated at a northern Virginia hospital wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle, prompting a hospital lockdown and a massive search, police said. A shot was fired during the struggle around 3 a.m. Tuesday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler said.
Rolling Stones announce North American stadium tour LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again. The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Other stops include Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee.