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Obama on Iran nuke deal: 'They cannot fight us'

President Barack Obama stressed that the U.S. still has cards to play if the Iran nuclear deal doesn't work out and insisted his government will ensure nobody "messes" with Israel. In an interview with the New York Times' Thomas Friedman, Obama defended the controversial pact as part of a broader foreign policy approach, not just towards Tehran but also towards countries like Cuba, of "engagement." The president said he believed that approach — dubbed by the columnist as the "Obama Doctrine" — better served American interests than sanctions and isolation. Read more in NEWS.

Rolling Stone retracts debunked UVA rape story

Rolling Stone magazine formally retracted its since-debunked story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia after an independent report found Sunday that it violated "basic, even routine journalistic practice." The report on the article by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which was titled "A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA," was released Sunday night by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Rolling Stone, which commissioned the report, and Columbia University both published it in full. Read more in NEWS.

Snowden: Don't stop sending racy pics online

Americans shouldn't curb their use of the Internet simply to avoid having intimate pictures or personal information intercepted by the NSA, according to Edward Snowden. "You shouldn't change your behavior because a government agency somewhere is doing the wrong thing," the former surveillance contractor turned leaker told HBO's John Oliver. "If we sacrifice our values because we're afraid, we don't care about those values very much." Read more in NEWS.

Closing arguments to begin in Boston bombing trial

The arguments lead up to jury deliberations almost certain to result in a conviction for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has admitted his role. Marc Fucarile, who was badly injured while supporting a friend at the marathon, told NBC's New England Cable News that Tsarnaev's punishment had already begun. "He looks like he's been staring at a wall for a long time, so it's actually kind of rewarding, you know, to see him not looking the healthiest," Fucarile said. Read more in NEWS.

Jury expected to begin deliberations in Hernandez trial

After two months of testimony, the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is expected to go to the jury this week in Fall River, Massachusetts. Hernandez, 25, is charged in the killing of Odin Lloyd, 27, in June 2013, in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Read more in NEWS.

TV's sexiest drama — by the numbers

“Mad Men” began its final run of episodes on Sunday. It’s hard to believe, but our introduction to Don Draper and his dapper Sterling Cooper colleagues was more than seven years ago now. That’s a lot of cigarettes in the office. How many? Glad you asked. For the end of a show that redefined attention to detail, here’s an obsessive look at the numbers behind the acclaimed series:

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