Scores killed in bombings that target Shiites
A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq's capital Saturday night, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country's restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said. The attacks in Baghdad largely focused on Shiite neighborhoods, underscoring the sectarian violence now striking at Iraq years after a similar wave nearly tore the country apart following the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The day began with militants killing three police officers on guard at the gates of Anbar University, a police and a military official said. Islamic extremists and other anti-government militias have held parts of Anbar's nearby provincial capital of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah since December. The gunmen detained dozens of students inside a university dorm during their attack, the officials said. Several hours later, the gunmen left.
U.S., Iran to hold nuclear talks
Senior U.S. officials plan to meet in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday with an Iranian delegation in an attempt to advance the stalled nuclear talks, the State Department announced Saturday. The meeting is particularly noteworthy because the U.S. delegation will include William Burns, the deputy secretary of state, and Jacob Sullivan, the national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Burns led the Obama administration's back-channel talks with Iranian officials last year that led the interim agreement in November to freeze much of Iran's nuclear program. Sullivan also participated in those discussions. U.S. officials emphasized that the purpose of the talks in Geneva was to jump-start the stalled negotiations being held in Vienna, not replace them.
Shooting suspect made supply list
The man who police say staged an assault on a Georgia courthouse carefully planned the weapons and supplies he would need to enter the building and harm people inside, authorities said Saturday as they sought to explain why Dennis Marx opened fire outside the building, wounding one deputy before dying in a shootout. Police said they found a checklist at Marx's home in Cumming, Ga., that matched the items inside the rented silver Nissan SUV used in Friday's attack on the Forsyth County courthouse. Investigators still have questions about any motive Marx, 48, had. He had been due in court to plead guilty in a drug case.
Democrats weigh convention cities
New York and two cities in presidential battleground Ohio are among the six locations under consideration for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, officials announced Saturday. Party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston said it had received proposals from Birmingham, Ala.; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland; New York; Philadelphia and Phoenix.