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Iran appears to harden stance on nuclear deal

Geneva

Iran appears to harden stance on nuclear deal

Iran appeared Thursday to be stiffening its demands in negotiations to curb its nuclear program, even amid signs a deal may be near. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Iran demanded that world powers begin easing oil and banking sanctions as part of the preliminary deal. He also said Iran wants the six world powers at the talks to recognize what Tehran sees as its entitlement to enrich uranium. Accepting the conditions would be a major concession for the United States and its partners.

Washington

Senate panel advances Yellen

The Senate Banking Committee voted 14-8 to approve Janet Yellen's nomination Thursday to lead the Federal Reserve. The full Senate will vote after a two-week Thanksgiving break.

Centennial, Colo.

Theater shooting trial postponed

The judge in the theater shootings case on Thursday indefinitely postponed the trial of James Holmes so attorneys can argue whether he should undergo further psychiatric evaluation. Jury selection was scheduled to begin in February.

Peshawar, Pakistan

Drone strike at seminary kills 6

Missiles thought fired by a U.S. drone struck an Islamic seminary Thursday in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Six people were killed and five wounded, including members of the Haqqani militant network, a Pakistani security official said.

Washington

Deaths prompt baby monitor recall

Angelcare Monitors is recalling 600,000 baby monitors after the strangulation deaths of two infants. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday a cord attached to the sensor pad poses a strangulation risk. The Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads were sold between 1999 and 2013. Consumers should stop using them and contact the company for a repair kit. Angelcare can be reached toll-free at 1-855-355-2643.

Times wires

Iran appears to harden stance on nuclear deal 11/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:52pm]
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  1. St. Pete qualifying ends. Seven for mayor. Eight for District 6 on primary ballot

    Blogs

    The smiles of the faces of the workers in the City Clerk’s office said it all. The qualifying period for city elections was almost over.

    City Clerk Chan Srinivasa (2nd left) and Senior Deputy City Clerk  Cathy Davis (1st left) celebrate the end of qualifying period with colleagues on Friday afternoon
  2. 'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county

    Water

    To Waste Management, the nation's largest handler of garbage, the liquid that winds up at the bottom of a landfill is called "leachate," and it can safely be disposed of in a well that's 4,200 feet deep.

    Three samples that were displayed by Jackson County NAACP President Ronstance Pittman at a public meeting on Waste Management's deep well injection proposal. The sample on the left is full of leachate from the Jackson County landfill, the stuff that would be injected into the well. The sample on the right shows leachate after it's been treated at a wastewater treatment plant. The one in the middle is tap water.
  3. Registered sexual predator charged in assault of woman in Brooksville

    Public Safety

    Times Staff Writer

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County deputies arrested a registered sexual predator Thursday after they say he attempted to assault a woman and fled into a storm drain.

    Lee Roy Rettley has been charged with attempted homicide, attempted sexual battery and home invasion robbery.
  4. Honda denies covering up dangers of Takata air bags

    Autos

    With just a third of the defective Takata air bag inflators replaced nationwide, the corporate blame game of who will take responsibility — and pay — for the issue has shifted into another gear.

    Honda is denying covering up dangers of Takata air bags. | [Scott McIntyre, New York Times]
  5. Former CEO of Winn-Dixie parent joining Hong Kong company

    News

    The former CEO of the Jacksonville-based parent of Winn-Dixie grocery stores, Ian McLeod, has landed a new leadership role in Hong Kong. He is joining the pan-Asian based Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd. as group chief executive.

    Ian McLeod, who is stepping down as the CEO of the parent company of Winn-Dixie, has been hired by Dairy Farm International Holdings. 
[Photo courtesy of Southeastern Grocers]