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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iran nuclear deal has survived a key vote in the Senate, in a victory for President Barack Obama. Democrats held together to block a resolution of disapproval against the deal. The vote was 58-42 in favor of proceeding, but 60 votes were needed for the resolution to advance to a final vote. The outcome means the disapproval resolution will not reach Obama's desk, and the nuclear deal will move forward unchecked by Congress. Senate Republicans are vowing they'll keep on fighting. House Republicans also are still maneuvering to find a way to stop the international agreement aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is hearing a new wave of criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, after he insulted the physical appearance of Carly Fiorina. She's the only female Republican White House contender. In an interview in Rolling Stone, Trump is quoted as saying that Fiorina's face would make her unelectable. Hillary Rodham Clinton responds that Trump "seems to delight in insulting women every chance he gets." Republican Jeb Bush dismisses Trump's latest comments as "small and inappropriate." And another GOP candidate, Bobby Jindal, calls Trump a "madman."
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's chancellor says there's no legal limit to the number of people fleeing political persecution her country can shelter. But she's also making it clear that people who aren't entitled to asylum must return home quickly. Germany has seen more migrants arrive than any other European country and expects 800,000 to come this year. Angela Merkel tells a newspaper (Rheinische Post) that many of the people who are arriving are from "safe" Balkan countries, and don't need asylum.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing modestly higher as investors look at the latest news on the job market and try to anticipate what's next for U.S. interest rates. The Dow rose 76 points today. The S&P 500 is up ten points, and the Nasdaq composite climbed 39 points. A government report on unemployment claims today suggested the job market remains strong.
PLEASANT HILL, N.C. (AP) — A passenger on board the Amtrak train that hit a tractor-trailer in Virginia says the collision caused the trailer to split in two. Lamont Lilly was traveling from Durham, North Carolina, to New York when his train hit the vehicle today. He says he never saw the driver. An Amtrak spokeswoman says 267 passengers were on the train when it hit the trailer near the North Carolina and Virginia border. No injuries have been reported.