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03/03/2015 11:59 AM
Planned deal frees Iran to build nuclear arms: Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the US Congress in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Tuesday that a deal being negotiated between world powers and Iran would leave Tehran free to develop nuclear weapons. In an impassioned address to the US Congress, conducted even as Secretary of State John Kerry was in talks in Switzerland with his Iranian counterpart, Netanyahu branded Iran a global threat. "That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons," he said, placing himself in stark opposition to US President Barack Obama's policy of containing Iranian ambitions through a diplomatic accord. "It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them," he said.



03/03/2015 11:59 AM
Oil up on Libya; U.S. crude volatile before inventory data

An oil well is seen near DenverOil rebounded on Tuesday from the previous session's tumble, lifted by fighting that threatened Libya's oilfields, although U.S. crude struggled to hold to gains due to record crude inventories. Higher prices imposed by Saudi Arabia for its crude buyers in Asia, the U.S. and northwest Europe did not immediately boost benchmark Brent and U.S. oil futures, although some traders saw the move as supportive. The U.S. market was also under pressure from a spread play versus Brent as players bet on it to decline further before inventory data issued by the government-run Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday. Industry group American Petroleum Institute will run its own stockpile data at 4:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, ahead of the EIA numbers.



03/03/2015 11:57 AM
Thousands pay last respects to slain Putin critic

Dina Eidman (L), 87, the mother of murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, and Nemtsov's widow Ekaterina Odintsova (R) attend his funeral in Moscow on March 3, 2015Thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday to pay a last homage to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down near the Kremlin in the most stunning assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule. Crowds thronged the Russian capital to mourn the 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, a longtime Putin critic and anti-corruption crusader who was laid to rest at a Moscow cemetery. The funeral caused a fresh spat between Russia and the European Union, which condemned what it called "arbitrary" bans after Russia blocked prominent figures from Poland and Latvia from attending. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was also unable to attend as he is behind bars, but speaking from jail he accused "the country's political leadership" of ordering a hit on Nemtsov.



03/03/2015 11:57 AM
Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, thousands flee
PUCON, Chile (AP) — One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

03/03/2015 11:56 AM
Russia troubles hinder Ford, GM efforts to recover in Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attend a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)GENEVA (AP) — Russia's sinking economy is putting up a major hurdle for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors as the U.S. automakers fight to return to profitability in Europe after years of losses.



03/03/2015 11:54 AM
Nobel Peace committee demotes controversial chairman

Thorbjoern Jagland took over the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2009Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday demoted its controversial chairman Thorbjoern Jagland in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award. The committee, which said the former Norwegian prime minister would remain as a committee member, gave no reason for its decision. "There was broad agreement within the committee that Thorbjoern Jagland was a good chair for six years," Kullman Five told reporters, but declined to comment on the discussion. Commentators and former Nobel laureates alike had criticised the committee's decisions under Jagland's stewardship.



03/03/2015 11:54 AM
South African firefighters battle wildfire for a third day

A helicopter drops water on a fire above Tokai Forest near, Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. A wildfire continues to burn across the city's southern peninsula after breaking out Sunday with firefighting re-enforcements being flown in to assist with battling the blaze (AP Photo/Adrian de Kock)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A wildfire burned for a third day around Cape Town's Table Mountain on Tuesday, injuring a firefighter as it caused an explosion at a lodge, an emergency services spokeswoman said.



03/03/2015 11:54 AM
Restaurant pays 101-year-old for his birthday breakfast
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A restaurant's policy to give customers a percentage off their bill on their birthday actually became a 7-cent refund for man who turned 101.

03/03/2015 11:52 AM
Israel's Netanyahu warns U.S. against Iran nuclear deal

Israel's PM Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in WashingtonBy Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday against agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran and working with a country "deeply rooted in militant Islam", saying Tehran "will always be an enemy of America". "If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons - it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons - lots of them," he said. In the most anticipated speech to the U.S. Congress by a foreign leader in years, Netanyahu said Iran's regime was "as radical as ever," could not be trusted and the deal being worked out with the United States would not block Iran's way to a bomb "but paves its way to a bomb." "We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror," he said.



03/03/2015 11:48 AM
Iran calls Obama's 10-year nuclear demand 'unacceptable'

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif addresses Human Rights Council at UN in GenevaBy Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday rejected as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported. "Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Fars. "Obama’s stance ... is expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases ... ," he reportedly said, adding that negotiations underway in Switzerland would nonetheless carry on. Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down for a second day of meetings hours after Obama had told Reuters that Iran must commit to a verifiable halt of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear work for a landmark atomic deal to be reached.



03/03/2015 11:48 AM
US stocks slip a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 milestone

People walk past the Nasdaq Marketsite in New York's Times Square on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The Nasdaq fell below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are moving lower in midday trading, pulling the Nasdaq composite index back below 5,000.



03/03/2015 11:47 AM
Chicago's retired Cardinal George admitted to hospital

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, retiring Cardinal Francis George listens at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago during Bishop Blase Cupich's Rite of Reception service. The Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that George was admitted to the hospital Sunday, March 1, for evaluation after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer more than a month ago. Archdiocese officials say he'll stay there several days while tests are done. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George has been admitted to the hospital for evaluation after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer more than a month ago.



03/03/2015 11:47 AM
Mines, bombs slow Iraqi advance on Islamic State-held Tikrit

In this image made from video, smoke rises from an explosion as Iraqi forces, Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribal fighters battle Islamic State militants for control of Tikrit, Iraq, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Backed by Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters as well as Iranian advisers, the government forces made little progress on the second day of a large-scale military operation to recapture Tikrit, which fell to the Islamic State group last summer, two local officials said. (AP Photo via AP video)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops and Shiite militias battled the Islamic State group Tuesday on the outskirts of militant-held Tikrit, unable to advance further on Saddam Hussein's hometown as roadside mines and suicide attacks slowed their progress.



03/03/2015 11:46 AM
Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks in Congress address

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif gesture as they arrive to resume nuclear negotiations in MontreuxWASHINGTON (AP) — In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs.



03/03/2015 11:45 AM
DOJ: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

03/03/2015 11:44 AM
Ex-Rhode Island speaker to plead guilty to federal charges

FILE - In this April 30, 2014, file photo, former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox speaks to reporters on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I. Fox has been charged with bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return according to court documents unsealed Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Fox is accused of receiving tens of thousands of dollars to help grant a liquor license to a bar near Brown University when he served as vice chairman of the Board of Licenses. The investigation began when the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and state police raided Fox's home and Statehouse office March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former House Speaker Gordon Fox was charged and agreed to plead guilty to bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return following an investigation that included a dramatic federal raid on the Statehouse, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.



03/03/2015 11:44 AM
Carson launches 2016 exploratory committee
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest.

03/03/2015 11:44 AM
WIRELESS SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: Gadget fans in Barcelona

Visitors walk inside a pavilion at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Gadget lovers from around the world are in Barcelona to view the latest in handheld and wireless technology.



03/03/2015 11:44 AM
Carrie Underwood becomes a mom, gives birth to a boy
NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood is a new mom, and like all proud parents, she's showing him off in a photo.

03/03/2015 11:43 AM
AP Interview: Mia Hamm 'humbled' to join Roma's board

In this Monday March 2, 2015 photo made available Tuesday March 3, 2015 retired women's soccer star and member of Italian club Roma's board of directors Mia Hamm poses during an interview with The Associated Press in the hospitality area of Rome's Olympic Stadium. With three kids at home, Mia Hamm already had plenty on her plate when two professional clubs came calling over the space of a few days in October. They weren't asking her to play _ the 42-year-old soccer star has been retired for more than a decade _ rather they wanted her to join their management sides. (AP Photo/ Andrew Dampf)ROME (AP) — With three kids at home, Mia Hamm already had plenty on her plate when two professional clubs called over the space of just a few days in October.



03/03/2015 11:42 AM
Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified 'national threat'

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Welsh Conservative Party Conference in CardiffBy William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said tackling child sexual abuse was a national priority on a par with organised crime on Tuesday, announcing measures to prevent systematic abuse. Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex abuse revelations, including a case in Rotherham, northern England, where some 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were abused by gangs of men. "I've just spent half an hour with some of the survivors of abuse in Rotherham and these are stories that are going to stay with me forever. They are absolutely horrific," Cameron said at a meeting of victim groups, police and child protection experts held in his official London residence.



03/03/2015 11:38 AM
Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee replaces chairman

Thorbjoern Jagland, former chair of The Norwegian Nobel Committee, arrives at the Nobel institute in Oslo, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The Nobel Peace Prize awarding Norwegian Nobel Committee has elected a new chairman to replace Thorbjoern Jagland, whose six-year tenure has been lined with controversies. The former labor politician was replaced Tuesday by the panel's deputy chairman, Kaci Kullmann Five, a former conservative party leader. (AP Photo,Terje Pedersen, NTB scanpix)STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize awarding Norwegian Nobel Committee has elected a new chairman to replace Thorbjoern Jagland, whose six-year tenure has been lined with controversies.



03/03/2015 11:31 AM
Los Angeles developer wants ex-Revel casino
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Los Angeles developer involved in numerous projects there has made an 11th hour bid to buy Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel.

03/03/2015 11:29 AM
Best Buy hikes shareholder dividend, offers one-time payment
Best Buy Co. raised its quarterly dividend 21 percent and plans to give shareholders an additional one-time payment after the nation's largest electronics chain reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit.

03/03/2015 11:29 AM
Israeli leader: World must unite to 'stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli leader: World must unite to 'stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror'

03/03/2015 11:28 AM
Yemeni leader proposes Riyadh as venue for talks with rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president on Tuesday proposed the Saudi capital of Riyadh as a possible venue for the resumption of U.N.-sponsored talks with Shiite rebels who have seized Yemen's own capital, Sanaa.

03/03/2015 11:28 AM
South Sudan rebels: President needs to make more concessions
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's rebels on Tuesday warned that peace talks with the government could fail if the government does not make concessions, especially on the issue of how to share power in a possible unity government.

03/03/2015 11:28 AM
Israeli leader thanks US, Obama for aid, warns about Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) is thanking the United States and President Barack Obama for aiding Israel, and warning of the threat that Iran poses to Israel's survival.

03/03/2015 11:27 AM
Israel's Netanyahu says visit to Washington not political
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said that although his address to U.S. lawmakers has been the subject of controversy, he never intended his Washington visit to be political. "I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention," he told Congress, adding that Israel appreciates U.S. President Barack Obama's support. (Reporting by Washington Newsroom)

03/03/2015 11:26 AM
Clinton used personal email account as Secretary of State

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address. Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf says the department asked former secretaries of state last year for records that should be preserved. In response to that request, Clinton provided emails from her time as the nation's top diplomat. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law.



03/03/2015 11:25 AM
Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials.

03/03/2015 11:25 AM
General: 8,500 Islamic State fighters killed in Iraq so far
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq has killed more than 8,500 Islamic State fighters since its bombing campaign began in August and has gained the upper hand, the top general overseeing the coalition said Tuesday.

03/03/2015 11:24 AM
Hundreds killed as Chad forces seize northeast Nigerian town
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Chadian troops have seized a strategically located northeast Nigerian town from Boko Haram, but not before the defeated Islamic extremists killed hundreds of civilians, Chad's military said.

03/03/2015 11:20 AM
5 misperceptions about the Homeland Security impasse
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several misperceptions have cropped up in the heated debate over Congress' struggle to provide money for the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial shutdown at week's end.

03/03/2015 11:20 AM
New Delhi gang-rapist: She shouldn't have fought back

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a press conference on her documentary film "India's Daughter," about the Dec. 16, 2012 gang rape in a moving bus, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Mukesh Singh, one of the men convicted of raping and killing a woman in the brutal 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus said in a TV documentary that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed. The film will be shown on March 8, International Women's Day, in India, Britain, Denmark, Sweden and several other countries. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)NEW DELHI (AP) — One of the men sentenced to death for raping and killing a woman in a brutal 2012 gang attack on a New Delhi bus says in a TV documentary that if their victim had not fought back she would not have been killed.



03/03/2015 11:18 AM
MH17 next of kin finally view wreckage of downed flight

Dutch military police stands next to parts of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, displayed in a hangar at Gilze-Rijen airbase, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The plane was brought down over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 and Dutch investigators are still probing the cause of the crash that killed all 298 people on board. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands (AP) — Relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed over eastern Ukraine visited a Dutch air base Tuesday to view the wreckage of the plane.



03/03/2015 11:16 AM
Game Developers Conference offers creators a sporting chance

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 file photo, attendees walk the exhibition floor at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco. With millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in arenas, game developers are angling to learn a few lessons from esports and possibly create the next "League of Legends" at this year's Game Developers Conference, the annual gathering of video game creators, kicking-off Monday, March 2, 2015, through Friday. A survey by GDC organizers of more than 200,000 developers found that 79 percent believe competitive gaming is now a sustainable business model. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With tens of millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in real-world arenas, game developers looking to create the next "StarCraft" or "League of Legends" might learn a few lessons at this year's Game Developers Conference.



03/03/2015 11:14 AM
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu says he regrets congressional speech perceived as political
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu says he regrets congressional speech perceived as political.

03/03/2015 11:12 AM
Kenya destroy 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day to discourage poaching.

03/03/2015 11:11 AM
African leaders urge Ebola 'Marshall Plan'

More than 9,700 people have died of Ebola since the west African epidemic emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013, with nearly 24,000 people infected, according to the World Health OrganizationLeaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola urged the world on Tuesday to back a "Marshall Plan" to help them stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Guinean President Alpha Conde pressed the need for recovery at an international conference in Brussels as the number of new cases slows. More than 9,700 people have died of the disease since the west African epidemic emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013, with nearly 24,000 people infected, according to the World Health Organization. The most important long-term response to Ebola therefore rests in plans and strategies for economic recovery," Sirleaf told the EU-backed conference.



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