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New York (AFP) – U.S. stocks powered higher Monday after world powers and Iran struck an interim deal to curtail Iran’s controversial nuclear program in exchange for an easing of international sanctions.

Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 27.42 points (0.17 percent) at 16,092.19.

The broad-based S&P 500 rose 3.06 (0.17 percent) to 1,807.82, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite jumped 14.02 (0.35 percent) to 4,005.67.

World oil prices slid after the US-led landmark deal struck Sunday with major crude producer Iran. The six-month agreement would be a preliminary step toward resolving the major powers’ concerns that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies.

“Lower energy costs are good for consumers and most businesses, so the agreement has been painted in a supportive light for earnings prospects,” said Patrick O’Hare of Briefing.com.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."