Wednesday, April 1
Talks on Iran's nuclear program extended
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) —Iran and six world powers continue nuclear talks Wednesday in Switzerland.
Secretary of State John Kerry had planned to leave the discussions Tuesday, which had been the deadline for the parties to work out a framework to limit Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions.
But they say enough progress was made to continue negotiations.
Iran's foreign minister says the drafting of an agreement should begin today.
SKorean man charged in knife attack on US envoy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have indicted a man on charges of attempted murder for the slashing U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.
Authorities say Kim Ki-jong attacked Lippert at a breakfast forum March 5 in Seoul.
Lippert sustained deep gashes on his face and arm.
GETTY HOUSE DEATH
Coroner: Death of Andrew Getty appears natural or accident
LOS ANGELES (AP) —The Los Angeles County coroner says the death of oil heir Andrew Getty appears to be from either natural causes or an accident.
But the death of the 47-year-old has been tentatively ruled as an accident because medication was found at the scene.
Getty's body was found Tuesday in a bathroom in his Hollywood Hills home.
Yemen rebels take spot overlooking strategic Gulf of Aden
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Civilians in Yemen's capital Sanaa (sah-NAH') say they haven't slept as a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels continues.
Yemeni military officials say the rebels, known as Houthis (HOO'-theez), have taken up positions overlooking a strait that serves as a gateway for oil tankers headed to Europe, potentially threatening a key global shipping route.
Officials from all sides say the Saudi-led strikes have hit Sanaa's rebel-controlled army camps surrounding the city, some of which stored ballistic missiles.
VIETNAM-SHOE FACTORY STRIKE
Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of workers are on strike for a sixth day at a major footwear factory in Vietnam.
The employees, who make shoes for Nike and Adidas, are protesting a new law that provides them with a month allowance when they reach retirement age instead of a lump sum payment if they quit before age 60 for men and 55 for women.
Judge says Navy training plan hurts environment
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii says the National Marine Fisheries Service violated environmental laws when it approved the Navy's plans for training in waters off Hawaii and Southern California.
The Navy estimated that its real-life training, using explosives, could kill 155 whales and dolphins and cause more than 2,000 serious injuries off Hawaii and Southern California and an additional 11,000 injuries off the East Coast.
Environmental groups filed suit in federal court in Honolulu.
UConn coach to skip Final Four
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut's men's basketball coach says he won't be traveling to Indianapolis this week for the Final Four.
Kevin Ollie is abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut's governor because of Indiana's new religious-objections law that some argue would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on one's religious beliefs.
Gov. Dannel Malloy left the decision to travel to the Final Four up to Ollie and the university.
Texas bill cuts HIV funding, boosts abstinence education
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican-sponsored measure advanced by the Texas state House would cut $3 million in state funds for programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and put that money toward abstinence education.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Stuart Spitzer, at one point defended the budget amendment, telling lawmakers that he practiced abstinence until marriage.
In 2013, Texas had the third-highest number of HIV diagnoses in the country.
JAPAN-WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON
World's oldest person dies at 117
TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person has died nearly a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.
Her nursing home says Misao Okawa died of heart failure early today.
Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.
Her Osaka nursing home says she lost her appetite about 10 days ago. She stopped breathing as her grandson and nursing home officials attended.
Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, said at a birthday celebration last month that her life seemed rather short.
Okawa married her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and they had three children — two daughters and a son. She was survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931.
Gary Dahl, creator of the Pet Rock, dies at 78
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — The man who created the Pet Rock has died.
Gary Ross Dahl created the wildly popular 1970s fad, which was a smooth stone that came packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding." Dahl estimated he had sold 1.5 million of them at roughly $4 each by the time the fad fizzled.
Dahl's wife says he died March 23 in southern Oregon of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 78.
NEW: Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from US
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 39-year-old man in Oregon is facing deportation more than 30 years after being brought to the U.S. for adoption.
After arriving in the U.S. from South Korea, Adam Crasper and his biological sister were abandoned and sent into foster care.
The sister was adopted and her family got her citizenship.
But Crasper was raised by abusive parents who never sought the green card or citizenship for him that they should have.
Crasper, a married father of three, has a deportation hearing set for tomorrow.
NEW: Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 33-year-old man in Gaza says he was duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200.
The popular street artist is believed to have sneaked into Gaza in February, leaving behind four murals.
One, depicting a Greek goddess, was drawn on a door, the last remnant of a two-story house belonging to Rabie Dardouna's family in northern Gaza.
Dardouna says he was unaware of its value and he sold the door to an eager local artist for just 700 shekels, or about $175. He now wants the door back.