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Monday, June 29, 2015

Limited options if Iran talks fall apart CAIRO — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise. Should the talks actually collapse, the alternatives are not appealing. The war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world community does not seem willing to impose truly crippling sanctions. A dangerous period of uncertainty looms. Which way it goes may depend on which side needs a … 0

Incomes rise for bottom 99 pct.; US inequality still worsens

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us. Incomes for the bottom 99 percent of American families rose 3.3 percent last year to $47,213, the biggest annual gain in the past 15 years, according to data compiled by economist Emmanuel Saez and released Monday by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. “For the bottom 99 percent of … 0

High court to decide on Texas college affirmative action case

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a University of Texas case for a second time to decide a constitutional challenge to affirmative action policies at colleges and universities. At issue is whether the university’s policy of seeking to enroll more black and Latino students discriminated against a white student who was turned down for admission. Two years ago, the justices … 0

Obama to propose making 5 million more eligible for OT

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, more than doubling the current threshold and extending overtime protection to about 5 million workers. Currently, salaried employees who are paid more … 0

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death … 0

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked the state of Texas, at least for now, from enforcing a strict new abortion law that was likely to close most of the state’s remaining abortion clinics. The measure would require these clinics to have doctors on the … 0

Federal officials investigate recent fires at black churches, though blazes appear unrelated

Monday, June 29, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related. A federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said a Friday fire at a church in South Carolina does not appear to … 0

Greeks hit by closed banks, dire warnings from eurozone

Monday, June 29, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could … 0

‘Mind-blowing’ flames destroy homes in Wash.

Monday, June 29, 2015

WENATCHEE, Wash. — From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen structures and forced hundreds to flee. “With the wind blowing away … 0

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

Monday, June 29, 2015

PARIS — WikiLeaks has released documents that it says show that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France’s top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic espionage. France and the U.S. didn’t immediately respond to the release … 0

SpaceX reviewing mountains of data to figure out why its rocket exploded

Monday, June 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX officials say they will be holding daily meetings with NASA and the Air Force in hopes of quickly determining what caused an unmanned rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station to explode in midair just minutes after liftoff Sunday. Teams of engineers have … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Limited options if Iran talks fall apart CAIRO — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions … 0

A new South? Time will tell if furling the rebel flag means deeper change

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply … 0