Iran nuke talks extended once again after faltering
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program headed for double overtime on Wednesday, beset by competing claims and recriminations after differences forced diplomats to abandon their March 31 deadline for the outline of a deal.
Iraq hails victory over Islamic State extremists in Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.
Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.
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 exactly what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destrying the plane.
Obama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.
Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder Robert Schuller ailing
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who founded the world-famous Crystal Cathedral megachurch, is ailing and could be in his final days, his daughter said Wednesday.
Inmate overpowers guard, escapes from eastern Illinois jail
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Illinois say a convicted murderer who escaped from jail may be traveling with a 15-year-old girl.
Getty oil heir found dead wrote of serious health problem
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A court filing by Andrew Getty, the oil heir found dead in Los Angeles, says he had a serious health problem.
Analysis: Yemen ground operation carries major risks
CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia and its allies plan an ambitious ground offensive on multiple fronts in Yemen. It may be inevitable if they want to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels but it also carries enormous risks, from the inhospitable, mountainous terrain and a possible guerrilla war to al-Qaida mlitants waiting in the wings.
California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought.
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