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IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS

WASHINGTON — World powers and Iran still face significant gaps in their negotiations to curb Tehran's nuclear program, foreign ministers say while forging ahead with efforts to secure a deal that could finally bridge a decades-long diplomatic chasm between the Islamic republic and the West. By Lara Jakes and George Jahn. AP Photos.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA SANCTIONS

WASHINGTON — The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to take tougher action against Moscow, according to U.S. and European officials. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace.

UNITED STATES-GERMANY

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama seeks to allay German concerns over allegations of espionage, pledging to work to improve cooperation during his first conversation with Germany's leader since two Germans were revealed to have spied on their country for the United States. By Josh Lederman. AP Photos.

IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST-DETAINED

McALLEN, Texas — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, a Philippines-born immigration activist who has lived in the U.S. illegally since he was a child, is released by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they detained him at a Texas airport. By Christopher Sherman. AP Photo.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-ARIZONA

ORACLE, Arizona — Protesters carrying "Return to Sender" and "Go home non-Yankees" signs faced off with immigrant rights activists Tuesday in a small Arizona town after a sheriff said a bus filled with Central American children was on its way. By Astrid Galvan. AP Photo.

MEXICO-POROUS BORDER

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Mexico is promising to stem the flow of Central American migrants to the United States by tightening control at its notoriously porous Guatemalan border. But messages from the country's top two leaders in little more than a week have provided few details on how. And the scene on the ground is business as usual. By E. Eduardo Castillo and Mark Stevenson. AP Photos.

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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-WATER FINES

SACRAMENTO, California — California water regulators have voted to approve fines of up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing. By Don Thompson. AP Photos.

DEMOCRATS-2016

WASHINGTON — While Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes her book, liberals in the Democratic Party are elbowing into the 2016 presidential conversation, pitching a populist message on the economy and immigration. By Ken Thomas. AP Photos.

CONGRESS-BIRTH CONTROL

WASHINGTON — Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama's health care law. A four-term senator and a vulnerable freshman are pushing legislation that would counter last month's court ruling and reinstate free contraception for women who are on health insurance plans of objecting companies. By Donna Cassata. AP Photos.

ALZHEIMER'S-NEW BIOMARKER

Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks. The discovery could give a new target for developing drugs and other treatments for Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. AP Photos.

BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS

BOSTON — A federal jury is set to hear closing arguments in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly agreeing with another friend to remove items from Tsarnaev's dorm room to protect him. By Denise Lavoie.

OBIT-JAMES MACGREGOR BURNS

BOSTON — James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, has died at 95. By Philip Marcelo and Hillel Italie.

PUERTO RICO-CHURCH ABUSE

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico's justice secretary criticizes a Supreme Court decision allowing a Roman Catholic diocese to withhold the names of sex abuse victims who wish to remain private, saying it will help the church protect pedophile priests. By Danica Coto. AP Photo.

WCUP-RIO OLYMPICS UP NEXT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil just pulled off the World Cup. Next up is Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympics, which poses an even bigger challenge. The World Cup overcame fears about protests, half-finished stadiums and chaotic transport to deliver an exciting tournament. Rio's Olympics already have their own problems. By Stephen Wade. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE

WALL STREET

The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy puts many investors into sell mode, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day. By Business Writer Alex Veiga. AP Photo.

YELLEN TESTIMONY

WASHINGTON — Despite recent sizable job gains, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is signaling that her agency is in no rush to withdraw the massive support it is providing the U.S. economy. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photos. AP Video.

RETAIL SALES

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber. AP Photo.

BRAZIL-BRICS

FORTALEZA, Brazil — The leaders of five emerging market powers announce their final agreement to create a development bank worth $100 billion that will have its headquarters in China. By Silvia Izquierdo. AP Photos.

EARNS-YAHOO

NEW YORK — Yahoo Inc. says that its second-quarter earnings and revenue declined, as the company struggled again with display advertising sales. Both fell short of Wall Street's expectations, as did revenue forecast for the current quarter, causing the limping Internet icon's stock to fall in extended trading. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. AP Photo.

REYNOLDS-AMERICAN-LORILLARD

RICHMOND, Virginia — Joe Camel is bulking up to take on the Marlboro Man. Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s $25 billion deal to buy Newport maker Lorillard Inc. creates a formidable No. 2 tobacco company in the U.S. behind Marlboro maker Altria. It also creates a powerhouse in menthol cigarettes, which are becoming a bigger part of the business and gives the combined company some breathing room even as people smoke fewer cigarettes every year. By Tobacco Writer Michael Felberbaum. AP Photos.

EARNS-JPMORGAN

NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase, the nation's largest bank by assets, says its second-quarter earnings fell 9 percent as revenue at its investment banking and mortgage businesses dropped. By Business Writer Steve Rothwell. AP Photo.

EARNS-J&J

Strong sales of several new drugs, particularly its hot new hepatitis medicine, lifted Johnson & Johnson's second-quarter profit by 13 percent, topping analysts' expectations. By Business Writer Linda A. Johnson. AP Photo.

EARNS-GOLDMAN SACHS

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs said Tuesday that its quarterly profit rose 5 percent, helped by record results from investment banking.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

THEATER-JOELY RICHARDSON

NEW YORK — Joely Richardson is coming back to a New York stage in something she never thought she'd do — a one-woman show. The English actress known for the TV shows "The Tudors" and "Nip/Tuck" will play poet Emily Dickinson in William Luce's play "The Belle of Amherst." By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy.

MOCKINGBIRD CONTROVERSY

CHICAGO — The reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," one of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th century, says she never gave her approval to a new memoir that portrays itself as a rare, intimate look into the lives of the writer and her older sister in small-town Alabama. By National Writer Sharon Cohen. AP Photos.