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Iran nuclear talks at crunch time
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. With the March 31 target fast approaching, the top diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and Iran were meeting to try to bridge remaining gaps and hammer out the framework deal that would be the basis for a final accord to be reached by the end of June.


Airstrikes shake Yemen's capital as Shiite rebels push south
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - A series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition shook Yemen's capital, Sanaa, overnight and early Monday morning as dozens of families fled the capital seeking safety. The strikes were targeting Shiite rebels, who have controlled the capital since September and have overrun most of Yemen, forcing the Western-backed president to flee the country.


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Investigators focus on German co-pilot's mental state
MARSEILLE, France (AP) - A French police official says European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of the 27-year-old German co-pilot who deliberately smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside. Returning Monday from a meeting with counterparts in Germany, judicial police investigator Jean-Pierre Michel told The Associated Press that authorities want to find out "what could have destabilized Andreas Lubitz, or driven him to such an act."


Spain: 3 generations, all named Emma, die in France crash
SANT CUGAT DEL VALLES, Spain (AP) - From a lush suburban valley near bustling Barcelona, three generations of a well-heeled family set off last week for a fun trip to Manchester, England: 12-year-old Emma Solera Pardo, her mother Emma Pardo Vidal, and grandmother Emma Vidal Bardan. They were on their way to pick up the youngest Emma's teen brother as he finished a semester abroad to hone his English, do some sightseeing and then head home together.


Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case
JERUSALEM (AP) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. The conviction could land Olmert five years in prison, in addition to a six-year prison sentence he received last year in a separate bribery conviction, all but ensuring the former premier won't return to politics for many years to come.


Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted
NEW YORK (AP) - Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune. Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of earning more income. She had received the cash from a settlement after her husband died in an accident and needed money to raise her small son.


Why getting patients on their feet may speed recovery in ICU
WASHINGTON (AP) - The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: It's hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators so they can breathe. Some hospitals do manage to help critically ill patients stand or walk despite being tethered to life support. Now research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little activity may help speed recovery. It's work that supports more mobility in the ICU.


AP chief: Killing of journalists should be a war crime
HONG KONG (AP) - The president and CEO of The Associated Press called Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage. Gary Pruitt said a new framework is needed to protect journalists as they cover conflicts in which they are increasingly seen as targets by extremist groups.


Three No. 1 seeds in the Final Four
If you liked the look of last year's Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition. One game - Kentucky vs. Wisconsin - is not only a matchup of two No. 1 seeds, it's a replay of last year's semifinal won by Kentucky, 74-73.