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Nuclear talks stumble, extended to July

VIENNA — A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do — limit Tehran’s ability to make a nuclear weapon.

Hagel stepping down under pressure

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management.

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Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

WASHINGTON — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

Quarantine order issued to stop movement of Oahu pigs

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine order stopping the movement of pigs on Oahu after an outbreak of a serious swine disease, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, was confirmed on a farm in Waianae Valley. PEDv causes significant sickness in swine and causes high mortality in piglets. The virus only affects pigs and does not pose a risk to humans or pets. It is not a food safety concern.