Argentina's new government has offered $6.5 billion to settle its long debt battle with "holdout" creditors, the government and US mediator Daniel Pollack said Friday. Two of six major holdout creditors have accepted the deal, which includes about a 25 percent "haircut" on their claim, while four have not done so yet, according to the government. The offer was made in New York talks with hedge funds and other creditors who have demanded full repayment of about $9 billion on bonds the country defaulted on 15 years ago.
MIAMI (AP) — Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring the mind, physics and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida. He was 85.