U.S. unlikely to extend deadline on Iran talks
U.S. officials warned Saturday that they would not seek to extend negotiations over Iran's nuclear program beyond the July 20 deadline unless Iran's negotiators make major concessions in the next several days. With top Western diplomats convening in the Austrian capital of Vienna today to review the talks' progress, senior U.S. officials said the two sides remain deeply divided on the core issue of the negotiations: how much uranium enrichment capacity Iran could retain following an agreement to limit its controversial nuclear development program. They noted that in the past week, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other officials declared that Iran needs in the coming years to expand its enrichment capacity to 19 times the amount it is now using to generate material that can be turned into nuclear bomb fuel. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany will meet in Vienna today with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss the progress of talks and press Iran for more concessions.
Progress made against wildfire
A wildfire burning grass, brush and scattered timber in central Washington has grown by about 2 square miles, but officials reported good progress in protecting homes in the area. Fire operations spokesman Rick Acosta said 763 personnel continued fighting the Mills Canyon fire, which by Saturday morning had grown to about 34 square miles near Entiat, roughly midway between Seattle and Spokane. Despite hot weather, the fire did not spread appreciably during the day Saturday, he said. It was about one-fifth contained, and smoke was affecting Entiat and other towns.
Putin signs deal on nuclear energy
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Argentine counterpart signed deals on nuclear energy and other projects Saturday in an effort to expand his country's influence in Latin America. Russia will help build the third reactor of a nuclear power plant in Argentina, Putin said after meeting with the Argentine president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, in Buenos Aires. On Friday, Putin brokered deals between Russian and Cuban energy companies in Havana, and waived 90 percent of Cuba's Soviet-era debt.
Girl recovering after family killed
A 15-year-old suburban Houston girl who survived an attack in which her parents and four younger siblings were killed says she's on the road to recovery. Cassidy Stay thanked first responders Saturday while speaking to a crowd at an elementary school in her hometown of Spring, the Houston Chronicle reported. It was her first public appearance since the shootings Wednesday. A former in-law, Ronald Lee Haskell, has been charged.