Differences persist on deadline day for Iran nuke talks LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement. Facing a midnight local time (6 p.m. EDT) target to conclude a framework accord, substantial differences persisted with officials predicting a long day of talks that may or may not result in success. The top diplomats of four of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany met alone and then with Iran's foreign minister to try to bridge the remaining gaps. They hope to hammer out an understanding that would serve as the basis for a final accord to be reached by the end of June.
Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The fight over "religious freedom" 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.
Questions remain in officer-involved shooting at NSA FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - The warnings are strong and security is tight, but most drivers are versed in the routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the gates of the National Security Agency. The start to the work week came to a halt Monday when two men dressed as women and driving in a stolen SUV ignored officers' orders at a gate at Fort Meade in Maryland. Police fired on the SUV, which rammed into a police vehicle. One suspect was killed. A second suspect was injured, as well as an officer.
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AP PHOTOS: For Israeli teens, military is rite of passage YAKUM, Israel (AP) - Israeli high school seniors have more on their minds than prom and final exams. With a mandatory three-year military service looming after graduation, Jewish teenage boys, and increasingly girls too, are gearing up for the draft, getting into shape and trying to improve their chances of acceptance into elite combat units. Girls serve two years, but very few are placed in combat positions.
Despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up the structures with cinder blocks and plastic sheets and living in the unstable and unsafe buildings while they wait for promised aid to arrive. The returns reflect a failure by local authorities and the international community to rebuild Gaza after a devastating war between Israel and Hamas militants last summer. Officials say most of the more than $5 billion of international aid that was pledged never materialized, and returning residents say that small subsidies they received - and their patience - have run out.
Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default WASHINGTON (AP) - Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume. The "debt strike" sentiment is catching on.
Tsarnaev's lawyers try to show brother in charge of bombing BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzkhokhar Tsarnaev started their case by trying to show that his older brother was the driving force behind the 2013 terror attack. The defense called one of its first witnesses on Monday. A cell site analyst testified that Tsarnaev's cell phone was being used in southeastern Massachusetts - where he was attending the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth - while pressure cookers were being purchased north of Boston in Saugus 2 1/2 months before the bombing. The analyst also said large quantities of BBs were purchased a little over a month before the attack in two Wal-Mart stores in New Hampshire, at a time when Tsarnaev's cell phone was again being used near the university.
Liberal Dems, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans and liberal Democrats have found something to agree on: Both want to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. People on each side are driven by self-interest as they cling to a dream that is all but certain to remain in the realm of fantasy. The left flank of the Democratic Party wants Warren to challenge Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primary race, or at a minimum, get Clinton to adopt Warren's tough-on-Wall Street agenda. Republicans see a Warren candidacy as a way to sow division among Democrats and boost their own fundraising.
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.
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.