- Netanyahu to use Congress' bully pulpit to assail Iran talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of Congress to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, even as President Barack Obama's negotiators continue talking with the Iranians Tuesday in hopes of closing a deal this month.Netanyahu insists he is privy to emerging details of a potential agreement and is expected to lay out his specific concerns in Tuesday's speech to a joint meeting of Congress.
- As Iraqis advance on Tikrit, threat of car bombs, mines loom
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops and Shiite militias battled the Islamic State group Tuesday south of the militant-held city of Tikrit, though roadside bombs and suicide attacks slowed their advance on Saddam Hussein's hometown.The battle for Tikrit, a strategic city along the Tigris River, likely will be won or lost on allied Iraqi forces' ability to counter the extremists' bombs. Such explosives were a mainstay of al-Qaida in Iraq, the Islamic State group's predecessor, as it fought American forces following their 2003 invasion of the country.
- GOP: House to vote on Homeland bill without conditions
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major victory for President Barack Obama, the Republican-led House relented on Tuesday and will back legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without restrictions on immigration.House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, outlined the dwindling options for his deeply divided GOP caucus on Tuesday morning after the Senate left the House with little choice. Boehner pointed out that the issue is now in the hands of the courts.
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- Clinton used personal email account as Secretary of State
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law.Clinton's office said nothing was illegal or improper about her use of the non-government account and that she believed her business emails to State Department and other .gov accounts would be archived in accordance with government rules.
- To tag or not to tag an NFL quandary
NFL games have begun for 2015.Don't bother checking out your Sunday Ticket, though. This is not football the teams are playing, it's tag.
- Harrington survives a splash and ends a long drought
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Even in the midst of a drought so long it looked as though Padraig Harrington's best golf was behind him, he never stopped working.Harrington won the rain-delayed Honda Classic in a playoff Monday with a 5-iron that settled 3 feet away on the par-3 17th, a shot that put so much pressure on Daniel Berger that the 21-year-old rookie got a little out of rhythm and hit into the water.
- Rangers' rivals counter by stocking up at NHL trade deadline
New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather struck the first bold move of the weekend by acquiring playmaking defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes.By the time NHL trade deadline struck a day later on Monday, many of Sather's Eastern Conference-contending counterparts responded with a series of moves to address their needs.
- No franchise tag for Detroit's Suh as deadline passes
DETROIT (AP) — Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Detroit Lions did not use the franchise tag on the star defensive tackle.The deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players came and went Monday, and the Lions did not say anything publicly about their decision. There was only a report early in the day on the team's website saying the franchise tag's price of around $27 million for Suh proved too daunting.
- Cypriot referee blows whistle on alleged match-fixing
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Football in the sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Cyprus is riddled with match-fixing by referees, an operation designed to line the pockets of soccer officials and politicians, according to a senior Cypriot referee.Marios Panayi outlined corruption allegations that he says have besmirched Cypriot soccer and damaged the credibility of its referees.