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Iran has conference in effort to end Syria war

– Iran held Sunday a conference to reconcile Syria’s government with opposition factions and end the country’s civil war, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The report said the one-day meeting of 200 opposition members and Syria’s National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar could be a step toward a future, broad-based opposition gathering, although it did not say whether any of Syria’s major rebel or exile groups had attended.

Most of those groups distrust Iran, a key ally of their adversary President Bashar Assad.

Sunday’s conference is seen as a reaction to last week’s meeting in Qatar in which opposition groups formed an umbrella coalition to topple Assad.

Nation

Democrat wins after recount in Arizona

More Pima County, Ariz., vote counts have increased Democrat Ron Barber’s win over Republican challenger Martha McSally in the 2nd Congressional District above 2,300 votes.

Barber declared victory Saturday and McSally conceded when Barber built a 1,400 vote lead after 11 days of vote counts.

New results posted Sunday pushed his insurmountable lead to 2,371.

Voters decisively picked Barber to fill out the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ term in a special election in June, and he was seeking a full term on his own.

Pima County says it counted more than 11,500 ballots Sunday and expects to complete counting today. The district also includes Cochise County, which finished its tally last week.

Texas parade route used before: NTSB

Organizers of a parade in West Texas in which four U.S. military veterans were killed when a train plowed into a truck had been using the same route for three years, investigators said Sunday.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Mark Rosekind also announced that oilfield services company Smith Industries was the owner of the truck that served as the float the veterans were on during Thursday’s parade in Midland.

Rosekind said the company was cooperating with investigators, who expect to interview the driver today.

The safety board declined to release the driver’s name, and Rosekind said investigators don’t know whether the driver worked for Smith Industries.

Investigators have said the truck began crossing the train tracks even though warning bells were sounding and lights were flashing.

San Francisco may get nudity law

San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing.

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal would make it illegal for a person over the age of 5 to “expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza” or while using public transit.

City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would prohibit nudity in most public places.

A first offense would carry a maximum penalty of a $100 fine, but prosecutors would have authority to charge a third violation as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and a year in jail.

World

Activists in Jordan charged in protests

A Jordanian official said Sunday the country’s military prosecutor has charged 89 activists with inciting violent revolt, after protests over price hikes swept through the U.S.-allied kingdom last week.

The official, who insisted on anonymity, said a total of 158 men in their 20s and 30s were arrested during riots that left one person dead and 75 others, including 58 policemen, injured.

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