Argentina heads into default as debt talks end

NEW YORK – Talks aimed at averting Argentina’s second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as “vultures.”

Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof emerged from a meeting with creditors and a court-appointed mediator saying his government could find no middle ground ahead of a midnight deadline.