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A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed here Wednesday but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. And as the latest round hit the week mark, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks with prospects for agreement remaining uncertain. Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, told reporters that if the sides make progress on the text of a joint statement, then that could be issued by the end of the day. But he suggested the statement would contain no specifics.


Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within 'hours'
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit early Wednesday and were expected to gain full control of the city "within the coming hours," the country's interior minister said. The remarks came a day after the Iraqi forces, with Shiite militias who rejoined the fight, pushed into the center of Saddam Hussein's hometown, hoisting the Iraqi flag" over the Salahuddin provincial headquarters in Tikrit and moved to control the entire city.


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Natural causes or accident likely in Getty heir death
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home from was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said. Neither the coroner nor police had officially identified the man, but a statement from 47-year-old Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon Getty, confirmed it was him.


Lufthansa CEO at crash site: 'Long, long time' to understand
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) - Lufthansa's chief executive said Wednesday it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the French Alps last week - but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr and the head of its low-cost airline Germanwings, Thomas Winkelmann, visited the crash area Wednesday amid mounting questions about how much the airlines knew about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's psychological state and why they haven't released more information about it.


Indiana debate exposes Republican divisions
WASHINGTON (AP) - It is a debate many Republicans hoped to avoid. But as the backlash intensifies over a so-called religious freedom law in Indiana, the GOP's leading White House contenders have been drawn into a messy clash that highlights the party's strong opposition to same-sex marriage and threatens to inject social issues into the early stages of the 2016 presidential primary season.


Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from US
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - More than three decades ago, a three-year-old South Korean boy and his sister flew to the U.S. to become the adopted children of American citizens, but their life together didn't last long. They were abandoned, sent into foster care and separated even though he was dependent upon her.


Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) - The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view. It takes something more audacious to sell beachfront property these days to the global ultra-wealthy who arrive in Miami with millions to spend on second or third homes. It takes words invested with meaning in the language of the international jet set:


Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. These genetically engineered foods could receive government approval in the coming years, following the OK given recently given to apples that don't brown and potatoes that don't bruise.


'Spicy' scent of a Burger King store entices cologne buyers
TOKYO (AP) - The whiff of a Whopper made hundreds of customers hungry for a Burger King special - "Flame Grilled" cologne. Bottles of the special fragrance were sold at the fast-food chain's stores in Japan for a one-day promotion Wednesday for 5,000 yen (about $40), including a burger.

 

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