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Tentative Iran Deal Surprises Local Lawmakers

News of a tentative deal being reached with Iran came as a surprise to many on Capitol Hill. Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is lauding the deal.

"I think the Iranians for the first time have made genuine concessions that can be evaluated on a daily basis," says Connolly.

Now it's a waiting game to see if the nation will halt its nuclear program as further negotiations take place over the next six months. Israeli officials and critics at home say the deal is a mere smokescreen. Connolly says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has an untenable position.

"But I think that his position that it has to be all or nothing wrapped up in one initial agreement and only one agreement, is simply not workable," he says. "The United States and Iran haven't even talked to each other in 30 years."

Congress is in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday, but many Republicans are already calling for increased sanctions.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

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