Glance at Iran elections as Islamic Republic readies to vote

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranians are to vote Friday in the country's first elections since the Islamic Republic sealed a landmark deal with the United States and other world powers over its disputed nuclear program last year. It is also the first nationwide vote since moderate President Hassan Rouhani was elected in 2013 by promising to boost the economy, improve ties with the outside world and ease social restrictions at home.

  • Written by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

Police video shows stun gun use on man who later died

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama mental patient who died after being shot with a stun gun began having breathing difficulties within minutes of receiving the jolt, according to a police video.


Man who shot Colorado deputies angry over foreclosure

BAILEY, Colo. (AP) — Martin Wirth spent recent years fuming over police brutality and corrupt mortgage companies, fueled by his own run-ins with the law and a long battle to save from foreclosure his two-story home in the Colorado mountains.

  • Written by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press

In a twist, GOP-led Nebraska may give up redistricting power


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In 2008, for the first time in 44 years, red-state Nebraska awarded one of its Electoral College votes to the Democratic presidential candidate, and aghast Republican Party leaders decided they wouldn't let it happen again.

  • Written by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press

A look at the proposed cease-fire for Syria


BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. and Russia have agreed on a cessation of hostilities for Syria that is set to take effect at midnight Friday, local Damascus time. It is the first attempt at a cease-fire in the war-torn country in years and despite the skepticism, U.S. and Russian officials have described it as the best pathway for ending five years of violence that has killed more than 250,000 people and displaced another 11 million. Here's a look at the proposed deal: