GENEVA -- With PowerPoint slides and feel-good phrases, Iranian negotiators presented world powers on Tuesday with what they said was a plan to break a decade of deadlock over Tehran's nuclear program, declaring the time had come to end the country's "walk in the dark" of international isolation and crippling sanctions.
Neither Iran nor the six nations negotiating with it revealed details of the proposal. But their guarded comments indicated some progress had been made and a rare private meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi and the chief U.S. negotiator, Wendy Sherman, suggested a better tone compared to previous encounters.
Speaking in English, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif outlined the proposal, entitled "An End to the Unnecessary Crisis and a Beginning for Fresh Horizons."
A member of one of the delegations meeting with Iran told Associated Press the plan offered reductions in both the levels of uranium enrichment being conducted by Iran and the number of centrifuges doing the enrichment -- a key demand of the six powers. He demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details.
Sentenced in Newtown fraud case: Nouel Alba, a New York City woman who posed as the aunt of a boy killed in the Newtown (Conn.) elementary school shooting massacre and solicited money, was sentenced on Tuesday to eight months in prison. Alba, 37, pleaded guilty in June to federal charges of wire fraud and making false statements. Starting on the day of the shootings last December, prosecutors said, Alba used Facebook, emails, text messages and telephone calls to falsely claim to be the aunt of 6-year-old Noah Pozner.
Ex-mayor pleads guilty: Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, driven from office by sexual harassment allegations, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony for putting a woman in a headlock and to less serious charges for kissing another woman against her will and grabbing the buttocks of a third. The pleas came less than two months after the 10-term congressman defiantly said he was the victim of a lynch mob and insisted he would be vindicated of the sexual harassment claims by at least 17 women if due process was allowed to run its course. His accusers included a retired navy admiral, a university dean and great grandmother. Filner said little on Tuesday beyond "guilty" when a judge read the charges against him -- one count of felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery.
Two Memphis officers wounded: A man who shot and wounded two Memphis police officers and then barricaded himself in a home that later was engulfed in flames had refused to negotiate with officers, authorities said. The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1bUwJPW ) reports that police said Aaron Dumas -- wanted on attempted murder charges -- opened fire when officers tried to arrest him at a home in south Memphis on Tuesday. News video footage later showed the home with flames crackling through the rooftop and neighboring streets blocked off by emergency vehicles. Dumas' body was later found in a bathtub inside the charred debris of the home. Both officers were released Tuesday night from the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Honored for work on HIV/AIDS: Elton John honored Hillary Rodham Clinton for her work to help those affected by HIV and AIDS at an annual event for his foundation. Clinton was excited as she accepted the first founders award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation Tuesday night in New York City. The former secretary of state told the crowd at Cipriani's restaurant that "we still have so far to go" when it comes to helping those affected by HIV and AIDS. The event raised $1 million through an anonymous donor and more funds through an auction, which included a lunch with Anderson Cooper for $12,000 and a one-hour tennis lesson with Novak Djokovic for $60,000. Two different signed photos of John taken by Terry O'Neill went for $26,000 and $27,000, respectively.
Antibiotic recalled: Federal health officials are alerting doctors to the recall of an injectable antibiotic made by B. Braun Medical, due to floating particles found in vials of the drug. The Food and Drug Administration posted the notice late Tuesday, warning health professionals that the company has recalled lot H3A7444 of its Cefepime for Injection USP and Dextrose Injection USP. Visible particles were found in a sample from the lot, including specs of metal, cotton fiber and hair. The agency warned that using the drug could result in blood clots causing stroke, heart attack and other catastrophic problems. Patients experiencing health problems should contact their physician and report all issues to the company at 800-854-6851.
Death toll in quake reaches 110: The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol reached 110 today with only three people pulled alive from rubble. The three were rescued in nearby Cebu province hours after Tuesday's quake shattered office buildings and homes and caused many centuries-old churches to crumble. In Bohol, the quake's epicenter, rescuers counted 100 dead, said regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda. Cebu reported nine fatalities, and one died on another island.