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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Nuclear deal with Iran may take a little longer

There's a deadline for action next week, but an extension and a deal early next year appear likely.

POLITICO

Russians say they will stop joint work on securing nuclear stockpiles

The move could end a signature program of post-Cold War cooperation.

NEW YORK TIMES

Missed the comet landing? See it as a live animation replay

A wacky but brilliant look at the first landing of a spacecraft on a comet.

GIZMODO

What's in it for N. Korea?

A country that rarely gives up anything for free, why did North Korea release Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller?

THE NEW YORKER

NATO confirms: Russian troops crossing into Ukraine

NATO senior officials have confirmed Ukraine's reports of Russian tanks, troops and artillery crossing the border.

NEW YORK TIMES

S. Korean ferry captain sentenced to 36 years

The punishment reflects public anger over the sinking that killed hundreds, mostly high school students.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lynnwood's Kenneth Bae released from North Korea

"Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, the only two Americans still imprisoned in North Korea, have been released and are returning home," after a visit by U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

NBC NEWS

Obama sends 1,500 troops to Iraq

President Barack Obama will bring the total number of American troops to 2,900 in Iraq. They will train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIS. 

CNN

Ukraine reports column of 32 tanks entering from Russia

The Ukrainian government reports that 32 tanks, 30 trucks of troops and 16 artillery guns have crossed into the country from Russia.

REUTERS

Homeland Security tightens screening of foreign air travelers

In an effort to weed out possible terrorists, U.S. expands questions for travelers from visa-waiver countries.

LOS ANGELES TIMES
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