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In Iraq, former militia program eyed for new fight

BAGHDAD (AP) — They were known as the Sahwa, or the Awakening Councils — Sunni militiamen who took extraordinary risks to side with U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida during the Iraq War. Once heralded as a pivotal step in the defeat of the bloody insurgency, the Sahwa later were pushed aside by Iraq's Shiite-led government, starved of political support and money needed to remain a viable security force.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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Researcher charged in major HIV vaccine fraud case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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US forces flow into Baghdad to assess Iraq troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad and have begun to assess Iraqi forces in the fight against Sunni militants, the Defense Department said Tuesday as the U.S. ramped up aid to the besieged country.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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KFC: No proof worker asked scarred child to leave

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Fried chicken chain KFC said two different investigations have not found any evidence that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and family members to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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Judge: No-fly list violates constitutional rights

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government offers no adequate method for people to challenge their placement on its no-fly list, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case involving 13 Muslims who believe they're on the list.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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Archivist: IRS didn't follow law with lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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US special forces face complex challenge in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Stocks inch up after strong housing, consumer data

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes moved higher in midday trading Tuesday as investors worked through a handful of positive economic reports. Homebuilder stocks rose sharply after the government reported sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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