U.S. Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they would not support bills that could influence nuclear talks with Iran in the next three weeks, essentially ensuring no such legislation will pass before negotiators' March 24 deadline for a framework agreement. Democrats objected after the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would move to begin debate and vote next week on a bill that would force President Barack Obama to seek Congress' approval of any nuclear agreement with Iran. McConnell announced his plans on Tuesday, shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress and warned the United States that it was negotiating a "bad deal" with Tehran.
Advisors to the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, failed to get approval on Wednesday for an agreement to sell the hotel for $82 million and were told by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge to look for a better price. The decision by Judge Gloria Burns could open the door for a Los Angeles developer, Izek Shomof, whose attorney told Wednesday's court hearing he could offer more money. Revel had asked Burns to approve the sale agreement with Florida developer Glenn Straub, who had failed to close a prior sale agreement. The current agreement required Straub to close the deal by March 31.
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. authorities had tried to deport a homeless man fatally shot by police this week in Los Angeles but had to release him after authorities in his native Cameroon failed to provide a travel document, a U.S. immigration official said on Wednesday. The man, known by his street name "Africa," was killed by police on Sunday in a videotaped encounter on Los Angeles' skid row in which police said he grabbed for an officer's holstered gun as police tried to arrest him as a robbery suspect.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals.