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China, 5 other powers push for Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six major world powers have agreed to begin putting together proposed new sanctions on Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program after China dropped its opposition, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

China, long a holdout against fresh international penalties against Iran, signaled its willingness Wednesday to consider a U.N. Security Council resolution on sanctions, according to two U.S. government officials. The other five powers supporting sanctions are the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Russia.

The move by China would appear to improve prospects for passing a resolution aimed at increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran to scale back its nuclear ambitions, which Tehran insists are limited to developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

In another sign of movement on the Chinese front, Iran's state media reported Wednesday that the country's top nuclear negotiator will travel to Beijing to discuss possible U.N. sanctions. Iranian state television said Saeed Jalili will hold talks today with senior Chinese officials. President Obama had said Tuesday that he hoped to have sanctions on Iran in place within weeks.

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Teen prostituted self, child in group, cops say

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A 15-year-old New Jersey girl prostituted herself and her 7-year-old stepsister to have sex with as many as seven men and boys at a weekend party near their home in a crime-plagued neighborhood, police said.

Trenton Police Capt. Joseph Juniak said Wednesday that the older girl started by taking money to have sex with several men at the party. The teen then gave some of the money she had collected to the younger girl to let the men start touching her, Juniak said. "It went from touching to straight-out assault and rape," Juniak said. "They threatened to kill her if she screamed or told anyone." The child later put on her clothes and left the apartment. Two women found the child crying outside the apartment and walked her home. The teen is charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution and other crimes. Police are seeking the men and boys.

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Pet owner's open door lets bobcat into home

PORT LUDLOW, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington State homeowner said Wednesday he left his front door open for his own cats and wasn't expecting a 35-pound bobcat to walk in.

But that's what happened.

The Port Ludlow resident told animal-control officers he watched the bobcat jump over a couch, climb over a big-screen TV and then jump up to a loft, where it made itself at home.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Officer Win Miller said the bobcat apparently felt safe upstairs. With the help of a tranquilizer gun, animal-control officers were able to secure the cat and remove it from the home last weekend.

Fish and Wildlife said the bobcat wasn't harmed and was released back into the wild about six miles from the home.

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Autopsy of trainer cites trauma in whale attack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A SeaWorld Orlando trainer attacked by a killer whale died of drowning and blunt-force trauma to her head, neck and torso, according to an autopsy released Wednesday.

The medical examiner's report ruled Dawn Brancheau's official cause of death as drowning and traumatic injuries. Her death was ruled an accident.

The killer whale snatched the 40-year-old trainer from a poolside platform in its jaws and thrashed her around underwater, killing her in front of a horrified audience Feb. 24. It marked the third time the animal, Tilikum, had been involved in a human death.

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