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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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Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.