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Iran nuclear talks in endgame, negotiators push on sticking points2 points from loss, Serena wins at Wimbledon; Venus next (Yahoo Sports)

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Salehi and Fereydoon, brother and close aide to President Hassan Rouhani meet with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in ViennaA year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping towards the finish line on Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including questions about Tehran's past atomic research. Iran is in talks with the United States and five other powers - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - on an agreement to curtail its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. "We are coming to the end," said a senior Western diplomat, who added there was no plan to carry on for long past next Tuesday.


Serena Williams of the United States celebrates as she wins the singles match against Heather Watson of Britain, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 3, 2015. Williams won 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title - and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam. Stomping her foot after misses, alternately screaming in delight or despair, even wagging her finger at fans who booed her, the No. 1-seeded Williams overcame a surprisingly staunch challenge from 59th-ranked Heather Watson and emerged with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory in the third round Friday.


Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours of Nigeria slaughterAP sources: Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan agree to 4-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

A video image of the Boko Haram extremist group leader Abubakar Shekau dismissing Nigerian military claims of his death in 2014Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric". A young female suicide bomber also killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in Borno. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, Boko Haram has used both men and young women and girls as human bombs in the past.


HOUSTON, TX - MAY 17: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets during Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Toyota Center for the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

DeAndre Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center. This is the biggest free-agent pickup in Mark Cuban's 15 years as Dallas owner. The deal comes two days after the Mavericks lost their backup plan when last season's starter, Tyson Chandler, bolted for Phoenix.


Candidates jockey for position in New Hampshire Fourth of July paradesAP Source: Kings, Marco Belinelli agree to 3-year, $19M deal (Yahoo Sports)

Hillary’s Big Haul: Clinton Raises Record $45 MillionFourth of July parades in most towns across the country are celebratory but low-key affairs that attract, at most, a mayor and maybe a few council members.


LOS ANGELES, CA - May 2: Marco Belinelli #3 of the San Antonio Spurs looks to pass the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Sacramento Kings and guard Marco Belinelli have agreed to a $19 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday. Belinelli gives the Kings the shooting guard they've been searching for to stretch the floor for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Wesley Matthews turned down Sacramento's $64 million, four-year offer Thursday to accept a deal with Dallas.


Greek campaigns, neck and neck, reach dramatic finaleKyle Busch involved in multi-car crash in Daytona return (Yahoo Sports)

A demonstrator rises his hand reading the word ''No'' as a Greek flag waves during a rally organized by supporters of the No vote in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2015. A new opinion poll shows a dead heat in Greece's referendum campaign with just two days to go before Sunday's vote on whether Greeks should accept more austerity in return for bailout loans. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — On a night filled with emotion and packed city squares, naysaying Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his "yes" vote rivals made their final pitches at bailout referendum rallies, as polls showed the two sides in a dead heat.


Kyle Busch (18) leads Clint Bowyer through Turn 11 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. Busch won the race and Bowyer took third place. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Busch has been involved in a multi-car accident in his return to Daytona International Speedway.


New York prison escapee vowed to visit daughter in letter: ReportA-Rod, Yanks settle dispute, he gets ball from 3,000th hit (Yahoo Sports)

ABC News: Escaped NY inmate Richard Matt shot, killed by policeConvicted murderer Richard Matt reportedly wrote a letter vowing to visit his daughter after escaping from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York.


New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez strikes out during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit. At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their $275 million, 10-year contract in December 2007, they reached a separate marketing agreement. It called for $6 million each for up to five milestone accomplishments in exchange for marketing rights, such as using A-Rod's name and image in selling licensed goods.




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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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