- Hard-liners in Iran and the Israeli government both condemned the framework deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program yesterday, from opposite directions but for the same reason: The agreement, they said, gives away too much.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the understandings fail to outright shut down any of Iran's nuclear facilities, while legitimizing its uranium enrichment program and leaving it with an infrastructure that could eventually be capable of producing a bomb.
He warned the deal "threatens the very survival" of Israel, and put forward a new demand, that any final deal include Iran's recognition of Israel's right to exist.
Iran's powerful hard-liners, meanwhile, pointed to the heavy restrictions that would effectively lock those facilities and enrichment into a slow, low gear for at least a decade. They accused the government of moderate President Hassan Rouhani of surrendering a nuclear program that Iran has boasted for years demonstrates its technological prowess, self-sufficiency and defiance of the West.
- Adrift on the ocean, the mast of his 35-foot sailboat torn away, Louis Jordan, 37, caught rainwater in a bucket, scooped up fish that were attracted to the laundry he hung over the side, and fervently prayed to God for help.
After 66 days missing at sea, he was finally rescued by a passing German freighter and brought ashore by the Coast Guard in good condition.
Early yesterday, just hours later, the bearded man walked out of the Norfolk hospital where he was reluctantly taken, showing no obvious ill effects.
- A man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row walked free yesterday hours after prosecutors acknowledged that the only evidence they had against him couldn't prove he committed the crime.
Ray Hinton was 29 when he was arrested for two 1985 killings. Freed at age 58, with gray hair and a beard, he was embraced by his sobbing sisters, who said "thank you Jesus," as they wrapped their arms around him outside the Jefferson County Jail.
Hinton had won a new trial last year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his trial counsel was inadequate. Prosecutors on Wednesday moved to drop the case after new ballistics tests contradicted those done three decades ago. Experts couldn't match crime scene bullets to a gun found in Hinton's home.
- Information retrieved from the black-box data recorder of a doomed German jet shows its co-pilot repeatedly accelerated the plane before it slammed into the French Alps, investigators said yesterday.
France's air-accident investigation agency provided the disturbing new details a day after an investigator found the blackened data recorder buried in debris scattered along a mountainside ravine. Based on an initial reading of the recorder, the revelation strengthened investigators' early suspicions that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz meant to destroy the Germanwings A320.
All 150 people aboard the flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf were killed in the March 24 crash.