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Everything You Need to Know About the Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — What’s next for the Iran nuclear negotiations? Here’s some background on the deal and possible plans for the future.

A Brief History

This deal has been in the works since November 2013. That’s when Iran and the so-called P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany) agreed on a Joint Plan of Action, an interim agreement that paved the way for talks by temporarily halting Iran’s nuclear enrichment program and subjecting it to daily inspections in exchange for the loosening of some economic sanctions. In November 2014, Secretary Kerry announced an extension of the deadline for an interim agreement until March 31. And on April 2, after eight straight days of high-level diplomatic talks, an interim deal was reached.

What was the interim deal?

A U.S. fact sheet provided at the time said Iran’s nuclear breakout time — the time it would take the country to build a bomb — would be shifted from 2-3 months to a year. It said Iran’s deep buried nuclear facility will be converted from a nuclear site into a peaceful physics and technology center. No fissile material would remain there. Iran agreed not to enrich uranium over 3.67 percent (20 percent is considered weapons grade) for the next 15 years and to dilute or sell its existing stockpile of enriched uranium, reducing that stockpile by a total of 98 percent. Upon verification of these steps many United Nations and European financial sanctions would be lifted. Other sanctions, including those approved by Congress, will be lifted in a phased approach. A final agreement would have to be reached by June 30.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Tentative Agreement Reached

As Kerry put it last Thursday, “I’m hopeful, but I’m not declaring optimism.” Despite televised comments this week where the Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, appeared to pull away from the most basic principles of the interim agreement, State Department officials insist that behind closed doors those matters are resolved. They say at this point it’s a very technical discussion. On Wednesday, Kerry dismissed the Ayatollah’s comments as bluster made for domestic political consumption. He also said plainly that if those were Iran’s actual negotiating terms there would be no deal. At this point completion of a deal hinges on a few very difficult stumbling blocks.

What are the stumbling blocks?

The negotiations are intensely focused right now on the pace and scope of sanctions relief for the Iranians. All that the West wants is to stop Iran’s pathway to a bomb; and all Iran wants is economic relief. What the Iranians care about most is lifting the United Nations sanctions. Those sanctions prevent Iran from doing business with the US, but also from most of the industrialized world. Publicly the Iranians are saying they will not allow inspection of military sites. But for the U.S. that is a non-starter; and officials say indeed the Iranians will concede this point. The negotiating parties are stuck on which sanctions to lift and when, and by what verification process. Also critical in this debate is the issue of snapping back sanctions.

What is snap back?

The U.S. wants to make sure it can snap UN sanctions back into place if something goes wrong. The problem is that they don’t want the U.N. Security Council (of which China and Russia are members) to be able to influence that process. So they are trying to develop a new mechanism, independent of the Security Council, to snap sanctions back into place if needed. At the same time, the Iranians want some measure of snap back too. They want to be able to ramp up nuclear production again if they feel the terms of the agreement are violated, just the same as the US would be able to do. Snap back essentially serves as a mutual deterrent and a mechanism used to make sure each side keeps up its end of the bargain.

Could the deadline slide back?

It’s very possible the deadline could slide back yet again, but likely by only a matter of days. The State Department has held firm in public statements that it is focused on getting a deal done by June 30, but other foreign ministers involved in the talks, as well as U.S. officials who have spoken privately, acknowledge the real possibility that the date could move beyond that.

What would a final deal look like?

Similar to the interim deal, officials say nothing is going to be signed on the dotted line. You won’t see that photo op with Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Zarif seated at a table, signing a leather bound document and shaking hands for the cameras. But there will be a document, perhaps as long as a 100 pages, a state department official said, detailing the agreement. “It’s never been about signatures,” one official said. “It’s always been about actions and verification.”

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Grocery Stores Overcharging Across the Country

Noel Hendrickson/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Whole Foods isn’t the only grocery store that has been accused of overcharging customers with mispriced items.

On Wednesday, New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs announced an ongoing investigation into Whole Foods Market, which has nine locations in the area, saying the chain “routinely overstated” the weight of its pre-packaged products, including meat, dairy and baked goods. But the problem isn’t limited to Whole Foods.

Aside from the Texas-based chain, the department inspected 119 stores citywide and found a 77 percent violation rate.

Dozens of the other grocery stores in New York City had at least one product type with a mislabeled package, according to city’s sweep of 120 stores last fall.

The problem of overcharging customers extends outside New York City. In 2012, Los Angeles Superior Court approved a settlement of $1.1 million paid by Ralphs Grocery Co. on allegations that it overcharged customers at its deli and for other weighed food products plus failing to deduct the weight of packaging. Ralphs did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

In states like North Carolina, businesses are allowed a small discrepancy in overcharges. State law in North Carolina allows businesses to have a 2 percent error rate among all the items in the store. This year, five stores have been penalized so far. Last November, nine stores, including Dollar General, CVS, Target and Walgreens were fined in the state for price scanning errors, according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“A few years ago, we started fining on the second failed inspection in every occasion and we are seeing stores doing a much better job in keeping their price-scanning systems up to date,” a spokesman for the North Carolina department said.

A spokesman for CVS, Mike DeAngelis, said in a statement that the company makes “every effort to ensure that the prices advertised in our stores are accurate.”

“Whenever a discrepancy between a posted price and the price being scanned is found, our policy is to honor the lower price,” DeAngelis said in a statement to ABC News. “These discrepancies typically occur when a sale sign is not taken down in a timely manner after the advertised sale period is concluded, or there is a delay between an item’s price being changed in our system and the new price being posted at the shelf.”

Dollar General, Target and Walgreens did not respond to a request for comment.

Last year, Whole Foods agreed to pay a $800,000 settlement with the City Attorneys of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego after a statewide investigation uncovered widespread pricing violations in California. Those accusations included failing to deduct the weight of containers for self-serve foods at the salad and hot bars; providing less weight than the amount stated on the label for items sold by the pound; and selling items by the piece instead of by pound, which is required by state law.

Whole Foods denies the allegations of mislabeling weighted products in New York City. Michael Sinatra, a spokesman for Whole Foods, declined to divulge the amount that the Department of Consumer Affairs demanded to settle the dispute. The city said the potential number of violations for all pre-packaged goods in New York City stores is “in the thousands.”

“We disagree with the DCA’s overreaching allegations and we are vigorously defending ourselves,” Whole Foods said in a statement. “We cooperated fully with the DCA from the beginning until we disagreed with their grossly excessive monetary demands.

“Despite our requests to the DCA, they have not provided evidence to back up their demands nor have they requested any additional information from us, but instead have taken this to the media to coerce us.”

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Obama’s Weekly Address Touts Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In his weekly address, President Obama continues the celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling maintaining subsidies on the federal exchange.

“We can now say this for certain: the Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay,” President Obama said.

The president pointed to the statistic that nearly one in three American who were uninsured a few years ago are now insured.

Obama also reaffirmed his commitment to getting more people covered and making health care in America even better and more affordable.

“It is time to stop refighting battles that have been settled again and again,” Obama said. “It’s time to move on.”

Read the full transcript of the president’s address:

Five years ago, we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all. And this week, after more than fifty votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a Presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, we can now say this for certain: the Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay.

On Thursday, when the Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, it was a victory for hardworking Americans all across this country whose lives are more secure because of this law. This law means that if you’re a parent, you can keep your kids on your plan until they turn 26. If you’re a senior, or an American with a disability, this law gives you discounts on your prescriptions. You can’t be charged more just because you’re a woman. And you can’t be discriminated against just for having a pre-existing condition.

This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to – and in some ways, better than we expected it to. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage. Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records.

The law has helped hold the price of health care to its slowest growth in 50 years. If your family gets insurance through the workplace, not through the Affordable Care Act, you’re paying about $1,800 less per year on average than you would be if trends before this law had continued – which is good for workers and it’s good for the economy.

The point is, this is not some abstract political debate. For all the misinformation campaigns, and doomsday predictions; for all the talk of death panels and job destruction; for all the repeal attempts – this law is helping tens of millions of Americans. This isn’t just about Obamacare. This is health care in America.

With this case behind us, we’re going to keep working to make health care in America even better and more affordable, and to get more people covered. But it is time to stop refighting battles that have been settled again and again. It’s time to move on.

Because as Americans, we don’t go backwards, we move forwards. We take care of each other. We root for one another’s success. We strive to do better, to be better, than the generation before us, and we try to build something better for the generation coming behind us. With this behind us, let’s come together and keep building something better right now.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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Why Snooki Got Ordained as a Minister

ABC Television Network(NEW YORK) — Rev. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi? Well, sort of. The Jersey Shore star recently opened up about why she decided to become ordained as a minister.

“The only reason I got ordained was because my hairstylists asked me to marry them,” Snooki told People magazine. “The fact that I got to marry them and the fact that it was legal and it was just such a beautiful ceremony and they wanted me to be a part of it, freaking honored.”

A picture posted to Instagram shows Snooki marrying New York city stylists Bradley Moreland and Luis Miller.

Snooki also gave the magazine an update on life as mother to 2-year-old son, Lorenzo and 9-month-old daughter, Giovanna. It looks like the former bad girl may be getting a taste of her own medicine at home.

“Giovanna’s a pain in my a**,” Snooki said of her little girl. “She’s starting to have an attitude and I’m like, ‘No girl, shut it down.'”

“I’m used to raising a boy and boys are just like whatever and [Giovanna] has an attitude, so she’s me and I’m screwed,” she added.

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Teresa Giudice Sends Message to Fans from Jail

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — For the second time, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice sent fans a message from behind bars.

The reality show star has served nearly six months of her 15-month prison sentence at a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut after pleading guilty to tax fraud.

“Thank you for your outpouring of support and for standing by me through this most difficult time. Love love love you all!” reads the message sent out on Giudice’s official Twitter account.

The last message from Giudice’s account came on May 31, thanking fans for their letters and message of support.

According to People magazine, Giudice has been visited by her family — including her four daughters, ranging from ages 5 to 13 — nearly every weekend.

Giudice’s husband Joe has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars and will begin serving that sentence when Teresa is freed.

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Jared Leto Sent His “Suicide Squad” Co-Stars Disgusting Gifts

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael Yada(LOS ANGELES) — Jared Leto is known to really get into his roles, but now that he’s starring as the legendary Batman villain The Joker in Suicide Squad, he’s taken it to another level.

The Oscar winner’s co-star said Leto sent some disgusting gifts to the likes of Margot Robbie and Will Smith, who also star in the film.

“He sent [Robbie] a nice love letter with a black box with a rat in it — a live rat,” Adam Beach, who plays Slipknot in the movie, told E! News. “It was beautiful. Then he sent bullets to Will with a letter.” Smith plays the marksman Deadshot.

Let also sent the cast a dead hog, along with a video.

“Basically, what he said was, ‘Guys, I can’t be there but I want you to know I’m doing my work as hard as you guys,'” Beach said. “The video he showed is in character. It blew our minds away. Then we realized that day, this is real. …He encompasses this beautiful man and he shows it in, ‘Hello, how are you?’ but in an instant, he goes to psychotic behavior where you’re in fear.”

Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters Aug. 5, 2016. It also stars Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

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Findlay Police Officer Aaron Fletcher Shot and Killed Findlay Man June 9

06/26/15     5:40 p.m.

Findlay Police have released the name of the officer involved in the June 9th shooting of Jeremy Linhart.

A report from the Police Department said Officer Aaron Fletcher fired a single shot that hit 30-year-old Linhart in the chest. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he later died.

The report says Officer Andrew Rudnik made the initial traffic stop, pulling over the vehicle Linhart was a passenger in. The driver, Ericka Wright of Findlay, was found to be driving under suspension. Rudnik and Fletcher, who acted as back-up officer, ordered the vehicle be impounded per department policy and removed Wright and Linhart from the vehicle to perform inventory. Fletcher found a handgun and started a verbal exchange with Linhart. A physical struggle ensued and Fletcher shot Linhart.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification has not yet completed their investigation of the incident.

Fletcher is an 11-year veteran of the department. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

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Tunisia Attack: Gunman Kills at Least 39 at Beach Resort, ISIS Claims Responsibility

iStock/Thinkstock(TUNIS, Tunisia) — A gunman opened fire at beachgoers at a hotel in Tunisia on Friday, killing at least 39 people.

The attack took place at the Hotel Imperial Marhaba in Sousse, a popular resort town on the northeast coast of Africa.

The gunman, who acted alone, was reportedly killed by police after the attack. The gunman was unknown to authorities, security official Rafik Chelli told Tunisia radio station Mosaique FM.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement circulated on social media Friday.

Chelli said the gunman hid his Kalashnikov rifle under an umbrella before he opened fire. The gunman then entered the Hotel Imperial through the pool and shot at people, Chelli told Mosaique FM.

[ PHOTOS: TERRORIST ATTACKS ROCK THREE COUNTRIES ]

Sousse is one of Tunisia’s most popular vacation spots and draws visitors from across Europe – particularly France. The nationalities of the victims are still being determined, officials said, but a security official confirmed to Mosaique FM that many victims were foreigners.

The hotel had 565 guests at the time of the attack, mostly from the United Kingdom and central Europe, RIU Hotels & Resorts said in a statement on its website.

“It is not possible at the moment to confirm the nationalities or any other details of the victims,” the hotel’s statement added.

Tunisian authorities are working in the area “and guests are being taken care of,” the hotel said.

Tunisia has been on high-alert since March, when Islamist militant gunmen attacked a museum, killing 22 foreign tourists.

The attack in Tunisia was one of three alleged terrorist attacks Friday: in Kuwait, at least 16 were killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque, and in France, a man was believed to have been decapitated at an American-owned energy factory.

The White House said in a statement: “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these heinous attacks, their loved ones, and the people of all three countries. As the President has discussed with his French, Kuwaiti, and Tunisian counterparts in recent weeks, we are resolute and united in our shared effort to fight the scourge of terrorism.

We stand with these nations as they respond to attacks on their soil today, and we have been in contact with appropriate counterparts in all three countries to offer any necessary support. Terrorism has no place in any society, and the United States will continue to work closely with our international partners to combat terrorist actors and counter violent extremism around the globe.”

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Vegas Sportsbook Posts First College Football Opening Lines for 2015

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LAS VEGAS) — The Alabama Crimson Tide’s five year streak of not being an underdog is now in jeopardy, according to the first Las Vegas sportsbook to open betting on individual college games.

The Golden Nugget sportsbook released point spreads on more than 150 games Friday afternoon, ESPN reports. The line on Alabama’s trip to Georgia on Oct. 3 opened at pick ’em.

Alabama is favored in the eight other games that made the opening board at the Nugget, including by 3.5 at Auburn in the Nov. 28 Iron Bowl.

The team opened as a 10-point favorite over Wisconsin in a Week 1 SEC-Big Ten showdown at AT&T Stadium.

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Tunisia Attack: Gunman Kills at Least 39 at Beach Resort, Officials Say

iStock/Thinkstock(TUNIS, Tunisia) — A gunman opened fire at beachgoers at a hotel in Tunisia on Friday, killing at least 39 people.

The attack took place at the Hotel Imperial Marhaba in Sousse, a popular resort town on the northeast coast of Africa.

The gunman, who acted alone, was reportedly killed by police after the attack. The gunman was unknown to authorities, security official Rafik Chelli told Tunisia radio station Mosaique FM.

Chelli said the gunman hid his Kalashnikov rifle under an umbrella before he opened fire. The gunman then entered the Hotel Imperial through the pool and shot at people, Chelli told Mosaique FM.

[ PHOTOS: TERRORIST ATTACKS ROCK THREE COUNTRIES ]

Sousse is one of Tunisia’s most popular vacation spots and draws visitors from across Europe – particularly France. The nationalities of the victims are still being determined, officials said, but a security official confirmed to Mosaique FM that many victims were foreigners.

The hotel had 565 guests at the time of the attack, mostly from the United Kingdom and central Europe, RIU Hotels & Resorts said in a statement on its website.

“It is not possible at the moment to confirm the nationalities or any other details of the victims,” the hotel’s statement added.

Tunisian authorities are working in the area “and guests are being taken care of,” the hotel said.

Tunisia has been on high-alert since March, when Islamist militant gunmen attacked a museum, killing 22 foreign tourists.

The attack in Tunisia was one of three alleged terrorist attacks Friday: in Kuwait, at least 16 were killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque, and in France, a man was believed to have been decapitated at an American-owned energy factory.

The White House said in a statement: “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these heinous attacks, their loved ones, and the people of all three countries. As the President has discussed with his French, Kuwaiti, and Tunisian counterparts in recent weeks, we are resolute and united in our shared effort to fight the scourge of terrorism.

We stand with these nations as they respond to attacks on their soil today, and we have been in contact with appropriate counterparts in all three countries to offer any necessary support. Terrorism has no place in any society, and the United States will continue to work closely with our international partners to combat terrorist actors and counter violent extremism around the globe.”

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