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Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers
Iraqi government forces and allied militias fire weaponry from a position in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salaheddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from IS jihadists, on March 2, 2015Iraqi forces closed in on Tikrit Tuesday, their progress slowed by jihadist snipers and booby traps, on the second day of Baghdad's largest operation yet against the Islamic State group. The government has mobilised a 30,000-strong force for the push to retake Tikrit made up of Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribesmen as well as troops and police. Iraqi forces are moving on Tikrit from three directions, with units targeting the towns of Al-Alam and Ad-Dawr to the north and south, while another large contingent drives from the east. The jihadist group announced in a radio bulletin Tuesday that a US national from its ranks had carried out a suicide attack against Iraqi forces near Samarra, the other main city in Salaheddin province.

Jury selected to hear Boston Marathon bombing trial
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch next to Judge George O'Toole on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury that will hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was selected on Tuesday on the eve of opening statements. The jury selection process began in early January when more than 1,350 potential jurors filled out questionnaires on their ties to the attack and their views on the death penalty.

A complication for the Fed: Rate cuts by other central banks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's central banks are injecting a new complication into the Federal Reserve's decision on when to raise interest rates from record lows:

Ciao Milan, it's Bonjour for Paris Fashion Week
Models wait backstage prior to the Devastee's fall-winter 2015-2016 ready to wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — Bye, New York! Ciao, Milan! Bonjour, Paris!

Georgia puts executions on temporary hold to examine cloudy drug that postponed inmate's death
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia puts executions on temporary hold to examine cloudy drug that postponed inmate's death.

Andrew Lack in talks to return to NBC
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Universal is in talks to bring back Andrew Lack to its troubled news operation, which would be the first high-level shake-up following several rough months culminating in the six-month suspension of "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams for misleading viewers about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

Israel's Netanyahu warns Obama against Iran nuclear deal
Israel's PM Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in WashingtonBy Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare" by a country that "will always be an enemy of America". "If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons - it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons, lots of them," the Israeli leader said in a 39-minute speech to the U.S. Congress that offered a point-by-point critique of Obama's Iran diplomacy.

Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano erupts
Tall plumes of ash rose as high as three kilometers above the Villarrica volcano, which is about 2,800 meters (9,200 feet) highA volcano in southern Chile erupted early Tuesday, spewing fiery plumes of lava into the night sky and forcing the evacuation of some 3,600 people from nearby towns. In its first major eruption in 15 years, the Villarrica volcano, one of Chile's most active, began spewing lava and ash around 3:00 am (0600 GMT), prompting authorities to declare a red alert, the National Emergency Office said. "It's an active volcano, but at this point it has calmed down," said President Michelle Bachelet after flying into the region for an emergency meeting with local officials. Bachelet held an early-morning meeting with the country's emergency committee in Santiago before travelling to the affected area, flying over the volcano along the way.

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?
This March 13, 2012 photo shows older and newly constructed 250,000 barrel capacity oil storage tanks at the SemCrude tank farm north of Cushing, Okla. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUTNEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

Carrie Underwood becomes a mom, gives birth to a boy
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, country artist Carrie Underwood poses at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards Red Carpet at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. Underwood gave birth to Isaiah Michael Fisher on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, and on Tuesday, March 3, she announced it to the world on Twitter. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood is a new mom, and like all proud parents, she's showing him off in a photo.

Georgia halts executions after lethal drug problem
Opponents of the death penalty hold signs in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DCThe US state of Georgia temporarily halted executions Tuesday after the drug used for lethal injections appeared faulty, authorities said. The decision came a day after Georgia delayed for the second time the execution of Kelly Gissendaner, convicted of conspiring to murder her husband, when the execution team found that the lethal pentobarbital dose appeared cloudy. Gissendaner's execution had already been delayed for several days because of wintry weather in the southern state. "Out of an abundance of caution, the scheduled executions of Kelly Renee Gissendaner and Brian Keith Terrell, have been postponed while an analysis is conducted of the drugs planned for use in last night's scheduled execution of inmate Gissendaner," Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said.

Russia troubles hinder Ford, GM efforts to recover in Europe
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attend a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)GENEVA (AP) — Russia's sinking economy is putting up a major hurdle for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors as the U.S. automakers fight to return to profitability in Europe after years of losses.

FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road
Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and GSMA speaks on the impact of recent telecommunications regulation in the United States at the Mobile World Congress Wireless show, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road.

France says 'strong reaction' needed from West if Minsk deal violated in Ukraine
France said Western powers agreed on Tuesday that a "strong reaction" would be necessary from the international community if a ceasefire in Ukraine agreed last month was violated. The statement from the office of President Francois Hollande came after leaders of France, Britain, the United States, Germany and Italy, as well as the head of the European Council, discussed the Ukraine crisis in a video conference. "They have agreed that a strong reaction from the international community would be necessary in case of a major breach of the process put in place in Minsk," said the statement about the deal signed on Feb 12.

Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2014, file photo, nembers of Missouri National Guard stand outside of the Ferguson Police Department and the Municipal Court in Ferguson, Mo. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court.

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