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10 Things to Know for Today

June 30, 2015 06:25 AM EST | AP


Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CRUNCH TIME ARRIVES FOR GREECE

Iran's FM returns to nuke talks amid signs of backtracking

June 30, 2015 05:31 AM EST | AP


VIENNA (AP) — Iran's foreign minister returned to the nuclear talks in Vienna where negotiators are struggling to overcome still significant differences and preparing to work through Tuesday's self-imposed deadline for a deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejoined the talks after a day of consultations in Tehran and was meeting first with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Iran deal: A look at what it does and problems remaining

June 30, 2015 04:31 AM EST | AP


VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran are back in nuclear talks, and this round may be the deciding one.

After nearly a decade of international diplomacy, negotiators are working past Tuesday's deadline, trying to reach a final agreement that would curb Iran's nuclear activities for a decade and put tens of billions of dollars back into the Iranian economy through the easing of financial sanctions.

Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air

June 30, 2015 04:13 AM EST | AP


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.

But officials from New England states downwind of coal plants expressed disappointment, and the industry's legal triumph comes with a major asterisk: The disputed regulation will remain in force while a lower court reconsiders the issue, according to federal officials and outside observers.

Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

June 30, 2015 03:23 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — Groups trying to curb the partisan sculpting of House districts are hoping their Supreme Court victory will prompt more states to create independent commissions to redraw congressional lines.

But Republicans scoff that Monday's 5-4 decision upholding Arizona's independent redistricting commission will have little impact. Some in the GOP concede that they would be hurt if their control of House district lines in states they dominate was weakened — but they say that will be hard for their opponents to actually achieve.

After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules

June 30, 2015 03:17 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama's Environmental Protection Agency.

The high court's ruling on Monday undermined Obama administration regulations targeting mercury. That's a different set of regulations from the greenhouse gas limits that Obama is counting on to slow the effects of global warming. The White House says the mercury ruling has no effect on the greenhouse gas limits.

Questions and answers about the expiring Export-Import Bank

June 30, 2015 03:35 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Export-Import Bank expires Tuesday at midnight for the first time since the small federal agency was created during the Depression to help U.S. businesses export their products. Congress failed to renew the bank's charter because of opposition from Republicans who say it amounts to corporate welfare. However, the shutdown may end up being only temporary.

Some questions and answers about the Export-Import Bank, and its future:

Everybody's got an angle for raising campaign cash

June 30, 2015 03:32 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to raising money by email, everybody's got an angle. Some of the "ask" strategies being employed by the 2016 presidential candidates:

ENTER TO WIN

Inboxes overflow as 2016ers amp up email appeals for cash

June 30, 2015 04:42 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton has a dinner invite for you. Jeb Bush is out to make a big splash. Rick Santorum wants to scare the heck out of you. Ted Cruz is looking for a sacrifice. Lincoln Chaffee wants to be your pal.

Oh, and all of them want your money — and preferably before midnight on Tuesday night, please.

The Iran deal: A look at what it does and problems remaining

June 30, 2015 03:29 AM EST | AP


VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran are back in nuclear talks, and this round may be the deciding one.

After nearly a decade of international diplomacy, negotiators are working past Tuesday's deadline, trying to reach a final agreement that would curb Iran's nuclear activities for a decade and put tens of billions of dollars back into the Iranian economy through the easing of financial sanctions.

Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors

June 30, 2015 03:13 AM EST | AP


DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is courting donors from the marijuana business in a groundbreaking event in Denver.

The Kentucky senator is holding a fundraiser Tuesday at the Cannabis Business Summit.

Christie back at high school to announce 2016 run

June 30, 2015 03:12 AM EST | AP


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who spent three years as president of his high school class, is returning to his alma mater to announce he's running for president of his country.

The Republican governor is set to launch his campaign Tuesday in the old gymnasium of Livingston High School in the town of Livingston, New Jersey.

Inboxes overflow as 2016ers amp up email appeals for cash

June 30, 2015 03:07 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — If you're anywhere on the radar of the 2016 presidential campaigns, beware your inbox.

On Tuesday at midnight, a quarterly period ends for campaigns to report how much money they've raised. That's set off a rush by the candidates to get you to donate before the deadline.

Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway

June 30, 2015 12:37 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — It may not have been the fastest getaway, but police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who robbed a bank in New York City.

It happened at the Santander bank in Queens shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

Game-changer: Vegas moves toward arcade-style video gambling

June 30, 2015 02:21 AM EST | AP


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bragging rights are usually the only reward at the end of a well-played video game. But what if high scores came with cash, too?

Nevada is on the cusp of what could be a casino revolution, drawing up plans for the introduction of arcade-style video games that would pay out winnings based on a gambler's skill at, say, blasting aliens out of the sky, destroying enemy tanks or driving a virtual race car around a track.

Pre-Civil War baseball team card going on the auction block

June 30, 2015 02:00 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album.

Now the pre-Civil War card that's been in the same family for over 150 years is going on the auction block where it could bring as much as $50,000.

Texas abortion providers study whether clinics could reopen

June 30, 2015 01:53 AM EST | AP


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion providers cheered a move by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily block part of a Texas law that would have closed more than half the state's 19 remaining abortion clinics. Now they are studying whether it could also allow them to reopen some previously shuttered facilities and whether that would even be feasible.

"We may have gotten more than we even asked for," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, chief executive of Whole Woman's Health, which sued to over overturn the law. But she cautioned that reopening clinics would be expensive and difficult, not just "a turn of the key and turn on the lights."