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macon.com Midday Update: Major powers threaten new sanctions on Iran; Tropical Storm Edouard nears landfall; restaurants' kids meals get bad report

Six major world powers agreed Monday to seek new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program after the country failed to meet a weekend deadline to respond to an offer intended to defuse the dispute, the United States said.

Representatives of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany decided in a high-level conference call that Iran’s lack of response to an incentives package aimed at getting it to halt sensitive atomic activity left them no option other than to pursue new punitive measures, the United States said.

‘‘We are disappointed that we have not yet received a response from Iran,’’ State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos told reporters. ‘‘We agreed in the absence of a clear, positive response from Iran (that) we have no choice but to pursue further measures against Iran.’’

The conference call among senior diplomats from the six nations took place after Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalali told European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana that Tehran would deliver a written response to the offer on Tuesday, Gallegos said.

He would not say if sanctions would be pursued if Iran accepted the offer on Tuesday but added that any reply from Tehran would be reviewed and a determination made then on how to proceed.

The United States and its European allies fear Iran intends to use the technology to develop material for nuclear weapons under the cloak of a civilian nuclear power program. Iran denies the accusation.

On July 19, the six nations — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — set an informal two-week deadline for Iran to either accept or reject the package economic incentives in return for curbing its uranium enrichment. The deadline passed this weekend with no clear response from Tehran.

– Associated Press

Tropical Storm Edouard aims for Texas, La. coast

Tropical Storm Edouard took aim at the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Monday, threatening to pick up strength from warm Gulf waters and gain near-hurricane speeds over the next 24 hours.

Emergency teams were activated as Gulf residents prepared for a second strong storm in less than a month, although Edouard is forecast to hit a different stretch of the Texas coast or Louisiana than Hurricane Dolly did last month.

Rudy Guidry of Grand Isle, on the Louisiana coast south of New Orleans, was on his father’s houseboat Monday morning making it a bit more secure than usual. ‘‘We’re on the water right now. Just putting on extra lines in case it comes up,’’ he said.

Edouard was expected to make landfall somewhere in Texas or southwest Louisiana on Tuesday morning. It was moving west near 8 mph, and forecasters said the warm waters of the Gulf provided the right conditions for the storm to intensify and approach hurricane strength with winds of 75 mph or more.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River westward to San Luis Pass in Texas. A hurricane watch was in effect from west of Intracoastal City, La. to Port O’Connor, Texas.

Edouard had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph with higher gusts at 8 a.m. EDT Monday. The storm’s center was located about 80 miles south-southwest of Grand Isle, La., and 285 miles east-southeast of Galveston, Texas.

– Associated Press

Family thows babies, pets to safety during apartment fire

Parents looking for healthy meal choices for their children are likely to find slim pickings on the menus of the nation’s top restaurant chains, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit public health group.

Nearly every possible combination of the children’s meals at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Sonic, Jack in the Box, and Chick-fil-A are too high in calories, the report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest said.

The report looked into the nutritional quality of kids’ meals at 13 major restaurant chains. The center found 93 percent of 1,474 possible choices at the 13 chains exceed 430 calories — an amount that is one-third of what the National Institute of Medicine recommends that children ages 4 through 8 should consume in a day.

While there are some healthy choices on restaurant menus, ‘‘parents have to navigate a minefield of calories, fat and salt to find them,’’ the report said.

Subway’s kids’ meals came out the best among the chains examined in the report. Only 6 of 18 ‘‘Fresh Fit for Kids’’ meals — which include a mini-sub, juice box, and one of several healthful side items such as apple slices, raisins or yogurt — exceed the 430-calorie threshold. But Subway is the only chain that doesn’t offer soft drinks with kids’ meals, which helped lower the calorie count.

– Associated Press

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