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Nuclear talks bog down as Iran team balks at key decisions, envoys say

WASHINGTON -- Talks over Iran's nuclear program are bogging down because Tehran's negotiators are reluctant to put in writing previous concessions that may be deeply unpopular at home, current and former diplomats said Tuesday.

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Business

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Tech news site Re/code acquired by Vox Media

Fast-growing digital media company Vox Media has acquired tech blog Re/code.

Vox, which also owns news sites the Verge, Polygon and Eater, made the announcement Tuesday. It said Re/code, founded by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, would continue ...Read More

Entertainment

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Connelly a crooner with a wild streak

'Decibels from Heart'

Chris Connelly

3 stars

Chris Connelly is perhaps best known as one of industrial rock's most distinctive voices, with Fini Tribe in his native Scotland and then in Chicago in the Wax Trax stable with Al Jourgensen. His ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Health

Livers donated after cardiac death safe to use in liver cancer patients

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Patients with liver cancer can be cured with a liver transplant. But because of the shortage of donated organs, these patients often die waiting for a liver. That's because most transplant centers predominantly use livers ...Read More

Religion

Msgr. Lynn remains behind bars pending decision on appeals

PHILADELPHIA -- It's been three weeks since Msgr. William J. Lynn was sent back to prison after the state Supreme Court reinstated his 2012 conviction and sentence for child endangerment in the Catholic Church priest sex abuse scandal.

For the 64...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: What is the maximum benefit I can receive?

Q: I'm planning my retirement. What is the maximum Social Security benefit I might receive?

A: The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire and how much you earned in your lifetime. For example, if you retire at age 62 in 2015, your maximum ...Read More

Women

Campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris strikingly similar

It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks boosted and complicated by the veneer of ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Automotive

Ford expands operations in North Africa

DETROIT -- Ford is expanding its presence in North Africa with new sales and purchasing offices, plans to double parts exports, and the introduction of seven new vehicles.

Casablanca, Morocco, will be home to a new regional sales office as Ford ...Read More

Consumer

Mortgage rates edge down: 30-year average at 3.84 percent, Freddie Mac ...

Mortgage rates were little changed this week on mixed news for housing, with Freddie Mac saying the average rate for 30-year conventional loans was 3.84 percent, compared with 3.85 percent a week ago.

Lenders were offering 15-year fixed loans at ...Read More

Gardening

On Gardening: Elephant ears leave a large footprint in tropical landscape

No matter where you go this summer the tropical look will be hot, and one of the key ingredients for this Caribbean style garden is the elephant ear, the drama queen of the landscape. With leaves that defy logic for their size and proportion vs. ...Read More

Parents

Parents who use cellphones on playgrounds feel guilty, study finds

SEATTLE -- Though not all parents steal glances at their cellphones while watching children at the playground, many of those who do feel guilty about being glued to a screen rather than the monkey bars.

That's according to a new study by ...Read More

Pets

Lawyer fights for chimpanzee rights

Should chimpanzees -- complex creatures with thoughts, feelings and the ability to learn sign language -- have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Steven Wise, a prominent animal rights attorney from Coral Springs, Fla., has ...Read More