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Sanders defends Iran nuclear deal, says alternative is 'war'

Bernie SandersA day after speaking by phone with President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday he favors the White House's nuclear agreement with Iran to the alternative -- war with Iran.

On CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, the independent Vermont senator described why the agreement with Tehran makes sense -- and why it would not have made sense to go on without one.

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford dead at 84

Frank GiffordPro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who also had a prominent broadcasting career, has died.

His family issued the following statement through NBC on Sunday afternoon:

"It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers."

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Obama signs Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness bill

Boulder wilderness billLess than three days after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill approving the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains area for wilderness designation, President Barack Obama has signed the bill into law, ending a 40-year effort.

Obama signed the Senate's approval of H.R. 1138, the “Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act,” which designates three new wilderness areas (encompassing about 275,665 acres) in Idaho as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System; releases four wilderness study areas so that the land would be managed for multiple-use activities; and provides for several land conveyances in Idaho.

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Pakistan stumbles upon its 'biggest' child sex scandal

Punjab protestersOfficials in the Pakistani state of Punjab have called for a federal inquiry into what it called the largest-ever child abuse scandal in the South Asian country's history involving nearly 300 children.

The government of Punjab state on Sunday ordered a judicial investigation into the scandal that came to light last week after discovery of about 400 video recordings of more than 280 children being forced to have sex.

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Protesters mark anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson

Ferguson protestSeveral hundred people gathered in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer that sparked protests and a national debate on race and justice.

Some pushed children in strollers as crowds of white, black, old and young people gathered at the spot in this mostly black St. Louis suburb where Brown, 18, was fatally shot on Aug. 9, 2014.

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Israeli police raid settler outposts, hold 9, in Jewish terror crackdown

Adei adPolice and agents of the Shin Beit security service raided several homes in settlement outposts in the West Bank early Sunday morning and detained at least nine people, police said.

One of the outposts targeted was Adei Ad, part of the Shiloh bloc of settlements. The outpost lies several kilometers from the Palestinian village of Duma, the scene of a firebombing on July 31 that killed a Palestinian infant and his father. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Jewish extremists.

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Obama says Israeli interference in US affairs over Iran deal unprecedented

barack ObamaUS President Barack Obama said Israeli interference in internal US affairs ahead of a Congressional vote on the Iranian nuclear deal was unprecedented.

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, an excerpt of which was published Saturday ahead of the full interview Sunday, Obama was asked if he thought it was “appropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affair.”

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Japan remembers Nagasaki atomic bomb, 70 years on

Nagasaki memorialhe Japanese city of Nagasaki is marking 70 years since the dropping of an atomic bomb by the United States.

A ceremony there observed a minute's silence, followed by speeches by the Nagasaki mayor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  A cathedral that was destroyed by the bomb but later rebuilt celebrated a remembrance Mass.

At least 70,000 people died in the attack, which came three days after another bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

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Why the US nuclear budget grows while the stockpile of warheads shrinks

nuclear weaponf you simply tally the number of warheads, the United States’ nuclear stockpile looks like a shadow of what it once was. The number of warheads held by the U.S. peaked in 1967 at over 31,000, but has been steadily declining, mainly through a series of treaties with nuclear rival Russia.

By February 2018, the deadline for the most recent treaty, the U.S. will have pared down its active strategic arsenal (warheads ready to launch) to 1,605, the lowest number since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

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