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Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

John Kerry grilled over nuclear deal as lawmakers stress lack of trust in Iran

- The Washington Times

Iran’s long record of evading and concealing its nuclear programs from U.N. inspectors hung like a specter over Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top administration officials faced their second sharp grilling in as many weeks from lawmakers weighing whether to support the Iranian nuclear deal.

About 1,000 Kurdish activists from Istanbul who arrived in response to a call for mass mobilization by the imprisoned leader of the PKK rebel group, Abdullah Ocalan, gather at the border near Suruc, Turkey, on Sept. 25, 2014. (Associated Press)

Obama denies sacrificing Kurds to gain Turkey’s help in Islamic State fight

- The Washington Times

Turkey has finally entered in force into the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, but the move also has exposed the contradictions and confusion at the heart of U.S. policy, with the Obama administration struggling Monday to balance its promises to warring allies in the region and to prevent a deeper U.S. ground force engagement in the fight.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, in this Thursday, March 12, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, file)

NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey’s request

- Associated Press

NATO’s secretary-general said Tuesday that the alliance “stands in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey,” as ambassadors gathered for a rare emergency meeting about the threat faced by a member.

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News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

A judge on Tuesday threw out a drunken driving case against freshman state Rep. Bill Beck on the basis that the police officer did not have reasonable suspicion to pull him over.

Carmen Quintana attends a tribute for slain photographer Rodrigo Rojas, outside the Gabriela Mistral museum, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. During a street demonstration on July 2, 1986, soldiers doused Rojas and then 18-year-old Quintana with gasoline and set them ablaze. Rojas died four days later. Quintana survived and underwent lengthy treatment for severe burns at a Canadian hospital. Her scarred face later became a symbol of the atrocities committed by Pinochet's dictatorship. A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of Rojas, and four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

Symbol of dictatorship abuse, Chilean sees justice coming

- Associated Press

Her scarred face long ago became a symbol of the atrocities committed during Chile's 1973-90 dictatorship led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Now Carmen Quintana finally feels justice is being done.

Govt told: Answer petition vs PH-Japan defense pacts

- Associated Press

July 29--The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the government to answer a petition seeking to revoke two recently signed defense agreements between the Philippines and Japan.

Carmen Quintana attends a tribute for slain photographer Rodrigo Rojas, outside the Gabriela Mistral museum, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. During a street demonstration on July 2, 1986, soldiers doused Rojas and then 18-year-old Quintana with gasoline and set them ablaze. Rojas died four days later. Quintana survived and underwent lengthy treatment for severe burns at a Canadian hospital. Her scarred face later became a symbol of the atrocities committed by Pinochet's dictatorship. A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military in the burning death of Rojas, and four other ex-soldiers were being questioned on Monday. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

Chile dictatorship burning victim says justice being served

- Associated Press

A woman who was badly burned in a military attack during the dictatorship of Chilean Gen. Augusto's Pinochet said Tuesday that she believes the recent testimony of a soldier will lead to many others speaking out about atrocities they were forced to take part in.

What's in emergency bill to fund Veterans Affairs Department

- Associated Press

A three-month highway spending bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the House includes nearly $3.4 billion to fill a budget hole that the Department of Veterans Affairs claims would force it to close hospitals and clinics nationwide. Lawmakers from both parties said the spending was needed even as they complained about the VA's failure to anticipate the problem.

9/11 memorial flag visits area

- Associated Press

July 28--A unique flag, one which represents a day America will not forget, visited the area recently.

Vets push for equity in public pensions

- Associated Press

July 28--Advocates for veterans are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that allows non-wartime military veterans working for state or municipal government in New York to buy back pension credits for up to three years of service.

Bangor councilors honor Purple Heart recipients

- Associated Press

July 28--BANGOR, Maine -- Local members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart received a standing ovation Monday night, when the Bangor City Council presented them a framed proclamation declaring Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in the city.

BRIEF: Mobile center for veterans to be in Butler, Roberta

- Associated Press

July 28--Macon Vet Center's outreach vehicle will be in Butler and Roberta this week to assist veterans with any issues they may have in getting benefits and services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.