The Associated Press

Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel tiesWASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not - and could not - fully understand his nation's vital security concerns....

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic StateBAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by Iranian-supported Shiite militias, Iraqi forces launched a large-scale offensive Monday to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, the first in a series of campaigns to try to reclaim large parts of northern Iraq from the Sunni extremists....

Georgia woman nears execution for husband's murderJACKSON, Ga. (AP) -- The only woman on Georgia's death row will become the first female to be executed in 70 years in the state Monday evening, unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in with a last-minute reprieve....

Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record highNEW YORK (AP) -- The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist....

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killerMOSCOW (AP) -- The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge - but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger....

Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warmingWASHINGTON (AP) -- The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global warming, a new study says....