National AP Updates



BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities say at least 21 people have been killed in explosions in and near Baghdad. Today's bombs targeted outdoor markets, including a triple blast in a Shiite village north of the city. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are the latest in a deadly wave that's hit Iraq in recent months.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Foreign ministers from the United States, the four other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany will be testing Iran's recent willingness to reach a deal to resolve a nuclear dispute. A meeting on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York is set for today, and it's aimed at paving the way for the first substantial negotiations on Tehran's nuclear program.

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A UN-backed court is upholding the guilty verdict against former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who faces 50 years in prison for planning and aiding atrocities by rebels in Sierra Leone's bloody civil war. A Special Court for Sierra Leone found Taylor guilty in April 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a few days before Americans begin signing up for insurance under the health care law, President Barack Obama travels outside Washington today to promote the benefits of the insurance exchanges offering dozens of plans. Obama will explain at a community college in Largo, Md., how people can comparison shop for insurance that meets their needs. The administration needs millions of Americans — especially young, healthy people — to sign up in order to keep costs low for everyone.

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan is recalling nearly a million vehicles worldwide because of an accelerator sensor problem that could cause the engine to stall. The recall covers the Serena minivan, Infiniti M, X-trail SUV and other models. Nissan says no accidents have been reported that are related to the problem. Most of the vehicles being recalled are in Japan, but some are in North America, Europe and Oceania.