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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say the U.S. is considering softening demands on Iran and its nuclear program. The U.S. would consider letting Iran keep nearly half of its uranium enrichment program intact, but placing other constraints on its possible use as a path to nuclear weapons. Iran has insisted that it wants to make reactor fuel, and is not creating material for a nuclear warhead. The new offer comes months after negotiations between Iran and six world powers had failed to substantially narrow differences.

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A U.S.-Russian crew has docked with the International Space Station, about six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian Soyuz spacecraft joined up with the space laboratory as it orbited 226 miles above the Earth. The two Russians and American Barry Wilmore are beginning a planned six-month deployment on the ISS, joining three others already on board.

DETROIT (AP) — The person appointed a year and a-half ago to manage Detroit's troubled finances says "the city is more than ready" to retake the reins. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn (kevin) Orr has relinquished financial control of the city to Mayor Mike Duggan and the nine-member city council. Orr was appointed in March 2013 to manage the city's finances and took Detroit into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson, Missouri's police chief has marched with protesters, hours after issuing an apology to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot dead by a white police officer in August. Police Chief Tom Jackson appeared outside the police department in civilian clothes Thursday night and assured protesters that there would be changes in the wake of Brown's death.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana teacher who spent just a month in prison for raping a 14-year-old student who later killed herself, goes back to court Friday to be re-sentenced. Stacey Rambold is hoping for a sentence of two years in prison and another two years suspended for the 2007 rape of the freshman at Billings Senior High School. Prosecutors want a 10-year prison sentence with another 10 years suspended. The case got international attention after the original sentencing judge placed some of the blame on the young victim.

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