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Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

MONTREUX, Switzerland — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry challenged critics of a nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran to come up with a better alternative Wednesday, in a spirited rebuke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that the emerging pact would leave Tehran just a step away from making atomic arms.

Washington cherry blossoms to peak April 11 to 14

WASHINGTON — With a wintry mix likely headed toward the region and some snow and ice still on the ground, the National Park Service gave D.C. residents a glimpse of spring on Tuesday, announcing peak bloom time for Washington’s famed cherry blossom trees will be between April 11 and April 14.

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Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

WASHINGTON — 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.