WASHINGTON (AP) — An afternoon vote in the Senate will seal the outcome of President Barack Obama's nuclear deal on Iran. Democrats are confident they have the votes to block a disapproval resolution pushed by Republicans. That will be an important victory for Obama on his top foreign policy priority, despite unanimous GOP opposition. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging Democrats not to use procedural tactics to block final passage of the disapproval resolution. House Republicans have abandoned work on the disapproval resolution after seeing it would probably get stopped in the Senate.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Lawyers for six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death say the city's $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family is one reason the trials should be held elsewhere. They told a judge today that the settlement sends a message to prospective jurors that "these officers are guilty." A defense lawyer also says comments by a prosecutor make it impossible to find impartial jurors. The lawyer says Marilyn Mosby aligned herself with protesters, effectively convicting the officers before trial. Gray died in April after suffering an injury in police custody.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says he was talking about GOP campaign rival Carly Fiorina's "persona, not her looks" in published remarks that have been seen as critical of her appearance. A Rolling Stone cover story describes an incident in which Trump and staffers are watching TV news. When Fiorina appears on camera, Trump says, "Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?" Trump today told Fox News that he "probably did say something like that" but that he was speaking "in a jocular manner."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of national intelligence says cyberattacks against American interests are likely to continue, in part because hackers face a low risk of consequences. James Clapper, the nation's top intelligence official, says in prepared congressional testimony that a muted response to most cyberattacks has created an environment in which hacking can be used as a tool short of war to benefit the country's adversaries and inflict damage on the United States. The intelligence chief says Russia, China, Iran and North Korea pose the top cyber threats.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is in for more blistering heat before gradual cooling sets in over the weekend. The National Weather Service predicts dangerously high temperatures again in portions of southwestern California but says today should be the peak of the heat event. Heat advisories are also in effect for the inland portions of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions.