Another push ... How rich is Donald Trump? ... Solar plane suspends journey until next year
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama continues trying to get Congress and world leaders to say yes to the nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama holds a news conference this afternoon and will send Vice President Joe Biden to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats. The agreement could give Iran access to billions in frozen assets and oil revenue. Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham tells NBC's "Today" show that it's a fantasy to believe that when the Iranians chant "Death to Israel," they are "just kidding."
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's alternate finance minister has resigned from the government in protest over the austerity measures the country is being asked to implement in exchange for a bailout. She says she was not going to vote in favor of the agreement, so she could not stay on as part of the government. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) agreed to a deal Monday under which Greece must pass through Parliament some harsh austerity measures his left-wing government had long battled against. In return, Greece would see the start of negotiations on a third bailout.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is expected today to reveal details of his fortune, which he estimated last month to be nearly $9 billion. If accurate, that number would make Trump the wealthiest person to ever run for president, far surpassing previous magnates like Ross Perot, business heirs like Steve Forbes or private-equity investors like Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee.
HONOLULU (AP) — The two-man team trying to fly a solar-powered plane around the world is suspending the journey in Hawaii after the plane sustained battery damage during its flight to the islands. The Solar Impulse team says it will continue the around-the-world attempt, but irreversible damage caused by overheating batteries has grounded the flight until at least April 2016.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Snowplows in July? A brief but intense hailstorm dropped as much as 4 inches of slippery pellets in Rapid City, South Dakota, prompting officials to call out snowplows in the middle of summer. Pennington County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Jackson tells the Rapid City Journal last night's storm was "definitely weird" for mid-July. The National Weather Service says pea-size hail pelted U.S. Highway 16 for about 15 minutes.