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News Guide: A look at the Iran nuclear deal and Congress
11:38 AM, 08.04.2015

In this photo taken Sept. 17, 2014, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Since Republicans hold a commanding 246 seats in the House, it was widely expected that the GOP would come up with 218 votes to support a resolution of disapproval, which has been introduced by Peter Roskam. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' vote on the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanction relief stands as the most significant national security decision since lawmakers voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq.


 
FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks
11:36 AM, 08.04.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials laid out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S.

 
State workers' suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid
11:34 AM, 08.04.2015

In this July 31, 2015 photo, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth appears before the Chicago City Council's finance committee in Chicago. Duckworth is facing a civil lawsuit in which she is accused of retaliation by two veterans’ home employees while she led the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. A pretrial hearing is set for Tuesday August 4, 2015 in the case in Jonesbero, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations nearly a decade ago has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman's bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in what is expected to be one of the most competitive 2016 Senate races.


 
Far-right group's poster campaign in Stockholm stirs outrage
11:33 AM, 08.04.2015

Banners reading " Sorry about the mess here in Sweden", are seen at the subway station Ostermalmstorg in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. A poster campaign by the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats at a subway station in central Stockholm hastirred outrage in the Nordic country. The posters are directed to tourists visiting the Swedish capital and apologize for "the mess" in Sweden, saying the country has a problem with "forced begging" organized by "international gangs." (Bertil Ericson/TT Newsagency via AP) **SWEDEN OUT **LONDON (AP) — A poster campaign by the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats at a subway station in central Stockholm has stirred outrage in the Nordic country.


 
World hopes for first clues to MH370 mystery
11:31 AM, 08.04.2015

Police officers inspect metallic debris found on a beach in Saint-Denis on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on August 2, 2015, close to where where a Boeing 777 wing part believed to belong to missing flight MH370 washed up last weekThe Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared on March 8 last year when it inexplicably veered off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, and a colossal multinational hunt for the aircraft proved fruitless. The Boeing 777 piece has been taken to the southwestern French city of Toulouse, where it will undergo the high-profile examination. The case containing the wing part will be opened early afternoon Wednesday, said a French source close to the case, in the presence of French and Malaysian experts, Boeing employees and representatives from China -- the country that lost the most passengers.


 
Willis, Stewart, Lively among cast for Allen's next film
11:28 AM, 08.04.2015

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Kristen Stewart arrives at the 40th French Cesar Awards Ceremony, in Paris. Stewart, Bruce Willis and Blake Lively are among the stars of Woody Allen’s next film. Allen announced the cast for his latest film Tuesday, Aug. 4. The not-yet-titled movie will begin shooting this month in New York and Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively are among the stars of Woody Allen's next film.


 
Russia files UN claim over vast swathe of Arctic
11:25 AM, 08.04.2015

A Norwegian research vessel in the Arctic Ocean, near the North Pole on April 21, 2015Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, stepping up a race for the region's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth. In a submission to back a 2001 claim at the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, Russia said research showed it had rights over the swathe -- an area the size of South Africa. This would include the North Pole and potentially give Russia access to an estimated 4.9 billion tonnes of hydrocarbons, according to government estimates.


 
Prosecutors launch last push for theater shooter's execution
11:40 AM, 08.04.2015

Tom Sullivan, front, who lost his son in the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., heads to court to hear the reading in penalty phase 2 in the trial of James Holmes Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Jurors declined to rule out death for Holmes as they moved toward sentencing the Colorado theater shooter.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The prosecutor of James Holmes told jurors Tuesday that once they hear from at least 12 more people this week — relatives of each of his murder victims — they will decide that death is the only appropriate sentence for his attack on a Colorado movie theater.


 
Jaguars have little hope of Justin Blackmon's return
11:21 AM, 08.04.2015

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon speaks to the media during a press conference at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Bagshot, England. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, that he has a "little bit of hope" that the suspended receiver could return the team. But "realistically I think when you're away from the game what you were once is not what you probably will be. Your skills do erode, especially if you're not staying in tip-top shape and you're not in football shape." (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly two years after Justin Blackmon's last NFL practice, the Jacksonville Jaguars have all but given up on the suspended receiver.


 
Mass doping allegations 'sensationalist and confusing' - IAAF
11:18 AM, 08.04.2015

World athletics' governing body the IAAF said it "strongly rejected" allegations of thousands of suspicious blood tests from athletes, and insisted it was taking every possible measure to combat dopingThe IAAF dismissed on Tuesday as "sensationalist and confusing" allegations of mass doping that have rocked the world of athletics in the build-up to this month's world championships in Beijing. In its first official reaction to the affair, world athletics' governing body said it "strongly rejected" allegations of hundreds of suspicious blood tests from athletes. "The published allegations were sensationalist and confusing," the International Association of Athletics Federations declared in their much-anticipated statement.


 
More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote
11:17 AM, 08.04.2015

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks to reporters in defense of Planned Parenthood as Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, right, listen Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — After the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.


 
Aussies dominate podium at world swimming
11:13 AM, 08.04.2015

United States' Katie Ledecky swims in the women's 1500m freestyle final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Australia dominated the 100-meter backstroke events at the world swimming championships Tuesday, winning the men's title and going 1-2 in the women's final.


 
Toronto nightclub shooting leaves at least 2 dead, 3 wounded
11:12 AM, 08.04.2015

TORONTO (AP) — A shooting that started at a Toronto nightclub event hosted by rapper Drake, and then spilled onto the streets outside early Tuesday, left at least two people dead and three others wounded, police said. It wasn't clear if Drake was present during the shooting.

 
South Africa's Nobel laureate Tutu leaves hospital
11:11 AM, 08.04.2015

In this photo provided by Oryx Media shows retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, praying in his hospital bed in Cape Town, South Africa Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015. Tutu left the hospital after being treated for an infection there since last month, his foundation said. (Benny Gool/Oryx Media via AP) CREDIT MANDATORYJOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu left a Cape Town hospital on Tuesday after being treated for an infection there since last month, his foundation said.


 
Officials probing New Hampshire tent collapse that killed 2
11:10 AM, 08.04.2015

Investigators inspect the site of a circus tent that collapsed Monday during a show by the Walker Brothers International Circus at the Lancaster Fair grounds in Lancaster, N.H. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. A quick moving storm with 60 mph winds hit the tent shortly after the show started killing a father and daughter. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's fire marshal said Tuesday it's not clear why a circus operator proceeded with a show minutes after the National Weather Service put out a severe storm warning. Winds of 60 mph winds collapsed the tent, killing two spectators and sending about 32 others to hospitals.


 
The Latest: California wildfire threatening more homes
11:08 AM, 08.04.2015

A firefighter watches a backfire as the Rocky Fire burns near Clearlake, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fire has charred more than 60,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 residences. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — The latest on wildfires burning in California (all times local):


 
Taliban official resigns in sign of growing internal divide
11:07 AM, 08.04.2015

People offer funeral prayers for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Afghanistan's Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who led the group's self-styled Islamic emirate in the 1990s, sheltered al-Qaida through the 9/11 attacks and led a 14-year insurgency against U.S. and NATO troops. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior Taliban figure resigned Tuesday in the latest fallout from the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, which has triggered a succession dispute and revealed growing rifts within the two-decade-old Afghan insurgent group.


 
Aetna turns in better-than-expected 2Q, hikes forecast again
11:07 AM, 08.04.2015

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a sign for Aetna Inc., sits atop a building at the company headquarters in in Hartford, Conn. Aetna reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)Aetna's second-quarter earnings jumped 33 percent and the health insurer raised its 2015 forecast again after receiving a boost from a government business it plans to feed with a roughly $35 billion acquisition.


 
Obama, UN leader discuss climate change, other issues
11:06 AM, 08.04.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the world "has to step up" to help combat climate change and adds that the United Nations will continue to press other countries to take action.

 
Pakistan defies rights protests to hang 'teen' convict
11:05 AM, 08.04.2015

Safura Bibi, the sister of Shafqat Hussain, reacts after hearing news of his execution on August 4, 2015Pakistan on Tuesday executed a man convicted of killing a child, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime. Shafqat Hussain was hanged shortly before dawn at a jail in Karachi for killing a seven-year-old boy in the city in 2004, his brother and a prison official told AFP. The case raised grave international concern, drawing protests from the United Nations, as his lawyers and family said he was only 15 at the time of the killing and was tortured into making a false confession.


 
Yemen pro-government troops retake rebel-held base in south
11:05 AM, 08.04.2015

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's pro-government troops fought pockets of resistance outside a key military base in the country's south Tuesday, a day after they seized it from Shiite rebels, military officials said.

 
Invite young people into the Cecil conversation with books
11:05 AM, 08.04.2015

This book cover image released by National Geographic Children's Books shows "Face to Face With Lions," by Beverly and Dereck Joubert. Part of National Geographic's "Face to Face With Animals" series, this offering is full of detail and close-up photography to satisfy young buffs in classrooms or at home. The book covers diet, life expectancy reproduction and how prides function. (National Geographic Children's Books via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe at the hands of an American bow hunter continues to generate outrage around the world, but bringing kids into the conversation may require some finesse.


 
Loyalists retake Yemen's biggest airbase in new blow to rebels
10:58 AM, 08.04.2015

Yemeni pro-government forces approach the key Al-Anad military base in the southern Lahj governorate on August 3, 2015Pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition retook Yemen's biggest airbase from Iran-backed rebels on Tuesday in a significant new gain after recapturing second city Aden last month. Hailing victory in the battle for Al-Anad, the defence ministry vowed no let-up in the war against the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies until the authority of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi was restored over the whole country. The airbase, 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Aden, is strategically located on the main road north towards both the battleground third city of Taez and rebel-held capital Sanaa.


 
'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn
10:58 AM, 08.04.2015

Jeffrey Tambor participates in the "Transparent" panel at the Amazon Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's a roundup of news Monday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs:


 
Simpson wins women's worlds high-diving gold
10:57 AM, 08.04.2015

US Rachelle Simpson competes to win the Women's High Diving 20 m final at the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazanka River on August 4, 2015 in KazanThe USA claimed gold and silver in the women's high diving event at the world aquatic championships on Tuesday as Rachelle Simpson took the title. Silver went to her US team-mate Cesilie Carlton, the defending world champion from two years ago in Barcelona, who scored 237.35pts, and hugged Simpson when her victory was confirmed.


 
Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000
10:55 AM, 08.04.2015

Volunteers from the Sant'Egidio charity observe funeral rites next to some of the coffins of migrants who died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, at Messina harbour on July 29, 2015More than 2,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year, data showed Tuesday, bearing testimony to migrants' increasingly desperate attempts to reach the continent. "Unfortunately, we have now reached a milestone whereby over 2,000 migrants and refugees have died as of this past weekend," International Organization for Migration spokesman Itayi Virri told reporters in Geneva. IOM said the latest toll confirms "this route as the deadliest for migrants in search of a better life," and warned the situation was worsening.


 
Authorities search rugged California area for gunman
10:55 AM, 08.04.2015

This undated composite sketch provided by the Kern County Sheriff's Office shows the suspect involved in the wounding of police officers in the Kelso Valley, Calif., area on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Authorities on Monday, Aug. 3, searched an area east of Bakersfield, Calif., as part of a six-day manhunt involving the wounding of the deputies. (Kern County Sheriff's Office via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities searching for a man linked to a killing, a kidnapping and the wounding of two sheriff's deputies focused on a rugged, 5-square-mile area of central California.


 
World Rowing to seek viral testing in Rio Olympic waters
10:55 AM, 08.04.2015

People wade into the water during a clinic held by U.S. triathletes for local swimmers along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Triathletes swam in waters off Copacabana Beach despite published warnings that water in the area was "unfit" for swimming. On Thursday, The Associated Press released the results of a five-month investigation that showed that Olympic venues are rife with disease-causing viruses and bacteria. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of the governing body of world rowing says he will ask for viral testing at the rowing venue for next year's Rio Olympics, and says he expects all other water sports in Rio to follow suit.


 
Ledecky breaks 1500m world record, wins women's 1500m world gold
10:54 AM, 08.04.2015

US Katie Ledecky celebrates after setting a new world record and winning the final of the women's 1500m freestyle swimming event at the world championships in Kazan, on August 4, 2015Katie Ledecky of the USA demolished her own world record as she retained the women's 1500m freestyle world title in Tuesday's final. Having broken the world record in Monday morning's heats, the 18-year-old triple world record-holder knocked 2.23 seconds off her own personal best to clock 15 minutes, 25.48secs. New Zealand's Lauren Boyle took silver at 14.66secs back while Hungary's Boglarka Kapas came home for bronze at 21.61secs adrift.


 
After deadly attack, Israel arrests extremist in crackdown
10:52 AM, 08.04.2015

Head of a Jewish extremist group Meir Ettinger appears in court in Nazareth Illit , Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Israel said Tuesday it was interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group in the first arrest of an Israeli suspect following last week's arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler and wounded his brother and parents. According to the Shin Bet security agency, 23-year-old Ettinger was arrested late Monday for "involvement in an extremist Jewish organization." (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities kicked off a promised crackdown on Jewish extremists following last week's deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family, arresting a high-profile activist accused of leading a new movement of defiant settler youths who embrace violence and reject the rule of law in the name of the purity of the Holy Land.


 
German justice minister fires country's top prosecutor
10:51 AM, 08.04.2015

Germany's chief federal prosecutor Harald Range speaks to journalists in Karlsruhe, Germany, Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas says he will request the dismissal and retirement of chief federal prosecutor Harald Range. Maas said Tuesday he made the decision after consultations with Chancellor Angela Merkel's office. The Justice Ministry has questioned Range's decision to open a treason investigation against two journalists who had reported that Germany's domestic spy agency plans to expand surveillance of online communication. ( Ralf Stockhoff/dpa via AP)BERLIN (AP) — German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday he will request the dismissal and retirement of the country's chief federal prosecutor Harald Range.


 
Man linked to French Connection ring fighting new drug case
10:51 AM, 08.04.2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man linked by federal authorities to The French Connection heroin ring that spawned an Oscar-winning film of the same name is fighting to have a new drug case against him dismissed, even though he's pleaded guilty.

 
Sandra Bland's family sues state trooper, wants answers
10:51 AM, 08.04.2015

The family of Sandra Bland holds a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Houston. Bland's family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the officer and other officials, saying it was a last resort after being unable to get enough information about the case. Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas on July 13. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a black woman found dead in a Texas jail three days after a confrontation with a white state trooper filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the officer and other officials, saying it was a last resort after being unable to get enough information about the case.


 
Zooey Deschanel marries Jacob Pechenik, delivers baby girl
10:50 AM, 08.04.2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zooey Deschanel is now a wife and mother.

 
Russia eyes action against non-EU nations joining sanctions
10:46 AM, 08.04.2015

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister has ordered preparation of retaliatory measures against several non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's sanctions against Russia.

 
Court upholds $96M award to Chevron in dispute with Ecuador
10:44 AM, 08.04.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a $96 million arbitration award to Chevron Corp. stemming from a 1990s-era oil contract dispute with the government of Ecuador.

 
Britain begins sale of stake in Royal Bank of Scotland  
10:42 AM, 08.04.2015

The British government has sold 5.4 percent of RBS for £2.1 billion ($3.3 billion, 3.0 billion euros), a statement saysBritain's government has begun selling its majority stake in bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), aiming to reduce state debt and kickstart the lender's full return to the private sector, the Treasury said Tuesday. The government has sold 5.4 percent of RBS for £2.1 billion ($3.3 billion, 3.0 billion euros), a statement said. Royal Bank of Scotland was rescued with £45.5 billion of public money in 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis.


 
AP Interview: Qatar's FM urges 'serious dialogue' with Iran
10:38 AM, 08.04.2015

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah talks to the Associated Press during an exclusive interview at the Ministry of foreign affairs, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for a "serious dialogue" with Iran in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, even as he blasted Tehran for continuing to support Syria's embattled government. (AP Photo)DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for a "serious dialogue" with Iran in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, even as he blasted Tehran for continuing to support Syria's embattled government.


 
Drone drops drugs in Ohio prison yard, spurring inmate fight
10:35 AM, 08.04.2015

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight, prison officials said.

 
U.S.-trained Syrian rebels believe captured by militants: source
10:34 AM, 08.04.2015

The United States believes that at least five Syrian rebels who were trained by the U.S. military have been captured in recent days by suspected Nusra Front fighters in northern Syria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. If confirmed, the capture of the U.S.-trained fighters would be another blow the fledgling program to counter Islamic State. Reuters has previously reported that one of the rebels was believed to have been killed in a separate attack on Friday by suspected members of Nusra Front, al Qaeda's Syria wing.

 
 
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