U.S. AND CUBA CLOSE ANOTHER ROUND OF TALKS ON RESTORING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITHOUT REACHING AGREEMENT ON RE-OPENING EMBASSIES *

THIS WK'S TALKS MARK THE THIRD ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS SINCE PRES OBAMA AND CUBAN PRES RAUL CASTRO ANNOUNCED IN DEC THEIR INTENTION TO IMPROVE RELATIONS *

STATEMENT FROM CUBAN DIPLOMATS SAYS THE TWO COUNTRIES HAVE AGREED TO CONTINUE TALKS, BUT GAVE NO DATE FOR NEXT ROUND *

NFL COMMISH ROGER GOODELL WILL NOT RECUSE HIMSELF FROM HEARING PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY'S APPEAL OF HIS FOUR-GAME SUSPENSION FOR ROLE IN DEFLATED FOOTBALLS SCANDAL *

NFL PLAYERS' UNION HAD ASKED GOODELL TO WITHDRAW FROM HEARING APPEAL, SAYING THE COMMISH WAS NOT IMPARTIAL AND WOULD BE CALLED AS A WITNESS *

LEAGUE SUSPENDED BRADY FOR FIRST FOUR GAMES OF THE 2015 SEASON AFTER AN INVESTIGATION THE NEW ENGLAND QB WAS "AT LEAST GENERALLY AWARE" OF A SCHEME TO DEFLATE FOOTBALLS IN AFC TITLE GAME *

FBI ARRESTS TWO CA MEN WHO ALLEGEDLY WANTED TO JOIN ISIS *

PROSECUTORS HAVE CHARGED 24-YR-OLDS NADER ELHUZAYEL AND MUHANAD BADAWI WITH CONSPIRING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO A TERRORIST GROUP *

TWO MEN HAD DISCUSSED THEIR SUPPORT FOR ISIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES, AND ONE OF THEM HAD PURCHASED A ONE-WAY PLANE TICKET TO THE MIDDLE EAST *

AT LEAST 43 PEOPLE KILLED IN LARGE-SCALE FIREFIGHT BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SUSPECTED MEMBERS OF A DRUG CARTEL IN WESTERN MEXICO *

MEXICAN GOVT OFFICIAL SAYS ALMOST ALL THE DEAD WERE SUSPECTED CRIMINALS *

GUNBATTLE HAPPENED IN AREA BETWEEN MICHOACAN AND JALISCO STATES THAT IS KNOWN AS A STRONGHOLD OF THE JALISCO NEW GENERATION DRUG CARTEL *

HIGH WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS HAMPERING CLEANUP EFFORTS AT SITE OF OIL SPILL OFF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IN CENTRAL CA *

NATL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS HIGH WINDS WERE CREATING WAVES AS HIGH AS 4 FEET FRI, PROMPTING AUTHORITIES TO ISSUE A SMALL WATERCRAFT ADVISORY *

PIPELINE SPILLED AN ESTIMATED 105,000 GALLONS OF OIL TUES, ABOUT 21,000 OF WHICH IS BELIEVED TO HAVE MADE IT TO THE OCEAN *

CA REGULATORS ACCEPT HISTORIC OFFER BY FARMERS TO MAKE A 25% VOLUNTARY WATER CUT TO AVOID DEEPER MANDATORY LOSSES DURING DROUGHT *

CA WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD ANNOUNCED THE DEAL FRI WITH FARMERS IN THE DELTA OF THE SACRAMENTO AND SAN JOAQUIN RIVERS WHO HOLD SOME OF STATE'S STRONGEST WATER RIGHTS *

SEVERAL HUNDRED FARMERS MADE THE OFFER TO VOLUNTARILY REDUCE WATER USE AFTER STATE OFFICIALS WARNED THEY WERE LIKELY TO MAKE MANDATORY CUTS *

CA ALREADY HAS MANDATED 25% CONSERVATION BY CITIES AND TOWNS *

ISIS TERRORISTS HUNT DOWN, PUBLICLY EXECUTE SYRIAN GOVT TROOPS AND LOYALISTS IN NEWLY CAPTURED TOWN OF PALMYRA *

THERE ARE CONCERNS ISIS MAY DESTROY CITY'S ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, WHICH INCLUDE 2,000-YR-OLD ROMAN COLONNADES *

IN IRAQ, ISIS HAS MADE MORE TERRITORIAL GAINS, SEIZING SMALL TOWN OF HUSSEIBA LESS THAN WEEK AFTER CAPTURING RAMADI, THE PROVINCIAL CAPITAL OF ANBAR PROVICE *

ISIS ALSO CAPTURED IRAQI SIDE OF KEY BORDER CROSSING WITH SYRIA ON THURS AFTER IRAQI FORCES WITHDREW *

FALL OF AL-WALID CROSSING IN ANBAR PROVINCE WILL ALLOW ISIS TO SHUTTLE WEAPONRY AND REINFORCEMENTS ACROSS BORDER *

PRES OBAMA SIGNS BILL THAT GIVES CONGRESS THE POWER TO REVIEW AND POTENTIALLY REJECT A NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN *

LEGISLATION WOULD BAR THE WHITE HOUSE FROM WAIVING CONGRESSIONAL SANCTIONS ON IRAN FOR AT LEAST 30 DAYS WHILE LAWMAKERS EXAMINE ANY FINAL DEAL *

IN ORDER TO REJECT DEAL, CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO PASS A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL, AN ACTION OBAMA WOULD LIKELY VETO *

NEGOTIATORS FROM THE U.S. AND OTHER WORLD POWERS SEEKING TO REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH IRAN ON COUNTRY'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM BY A SELF-IMPOSED JUNE 30 DEADLINE *

WASHINGTON, D.C., POLICE BELIEVE MORE THAN ONE PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LAST WK'S KILLINGS OF A FAMILY AND THEIR HOUSEKEEPER *

COURT DOCUMENT RELEASED AFTER THE THURS ARREST OF 34-YR-OLD DARON DYLON WINT SAYS AUTHORITIES BELIEVE "THE CRIMES REQUIRED THE PRESENCE AND ASSISTANCE OF MORE THAN ONE PERSON" *

FUGITIVE TASK FORCE ARRESTED WINT, WHO WAS WANTED ON FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CHARGES *

FIREFIGHTERS FOUND THE BODIES OF BUSINESS EXECUTIVE SAVVAS SAVOPOULOS, HIS WIFE AMY, THEIR 10-YR-OLD SON AND THEIR HOUSEKEEPER AFTER RESPONDING TO A FIRE AT THE FAMILY'S HOUSE LAST WK *

AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THE FIRE WAS INTENTIONALLY SET *

NAVY TRAINING JET RUNS OFF RUNWAY AT NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND IN SAN DIEGO *

PILOT WAS ABLE TO SAFELY EJECT FROM THE AIRCRAFT AND WAS RECOVERED FROM SAN DIEGO BAY *

NO IMMEDIATE WORD ON THE PILOT'S CONDITION *

GOP-LED SENATE APPROVES PRES OBAMA'S REQUEST FOR SO-CALLED "FAST TRACK" NEGOTIATING AUTHORITY IN TRADE DEAL *

DESPITE WHITE HOUSE'S BACKING, THE BILL, PASSED 62-37, RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM ONLY 14 DEMS *

MEASURE WOULD ALLOW PRES OBAMA TO PRESENT TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT CONGRESS CAN RATIFY OR REJECT, BUT NOT CHANGE *

WHITE HOUSE SAYS "FAST TRACK" NEGOTIATING AUTHORITY WOULD IMPROVE CHANCES OF NEGOTIATING A TRADE DEAL WITH 11 OTHER PACIFIC RIM NATIONS *

SENATE BLOCKS HOUSE BILL THAT WOULD HAVE ENDED NSA'S BULK COLLECTION OF DOMESTIC PHONE RECORDS *

THE MEASURE WOULD ALLOW CASE-BY-CASE SEARCHES OF RECORDS...THE SENATE ALSO FAILED TO PASS A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION...PARTS OF THE PATRIOT ACT EXPIRE JUNE 1 *