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Iraqi officials say Baghdad wants to minimize reliance on US

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government has told its military not to seek assistance from the U.S.-led coalition in operations against the Islamic State group, two senior Iraqi military officials said, amid a crisis of mistrust between Washington and Baghdad after an American strike killed a top Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander.The step…

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2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-in

2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-in

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria.The removal of Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar came a day after…

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Officials, activists say 2 Iraqi protesters killed

Officials, activists say 2 Iraqi protesters killed

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two protesters were killed and over a dozen wounded in central Baghdad on Friday in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, activists and officials said. The deaths follow weeks of calm. Riot police fired tear gas and hurled sound bombs to disperse crowds on the strategic Sinak Bridge after…

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Officials: Jet fuel lands on Los Angeles school playground

Officials: Jet fuel lands on Los Angeles school playground

CUDAHY, Calif. (AP) — Jet fuel dumped by an aircraft returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an elementary school playground where children were playing Tuesday, fire officials said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said firefighters assessed 17 children and nine adults who complained of minor injuries and none needed to be taken…

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US officials cite deterrence to defend lethal drone strike

US officials cite deterrence to defend lethal drone strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of the Trump administration’s insistence that the threat of an “imminent” attack led to the American drone strike on Iran’s top general, U.S. officials behind the scenes say the strike was motivated as much, if not more, by a broader effort to rein in a dangerously emboldened Iran.Secretary of State…

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Officials: 3 dead in Alabama, bringing storm death toll to 7

Officials: 3 dead in Alabama, bringing storm death toll to 7

BENTON, La. (AP) — Authorities say at least seven people have died as severe storms sweep across parts of the U.S. South, bringing high winds and unrelenting rain.The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, said Saturday via Twitter that three people have been confirmed killed near Carrollton in Pickens County. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency…

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Officials say 14 killed, 35 hurt in Kazakhstan plane crash

Officials say 14 killed, 35 hurt in Kazakhstan plane crash

MOSCOW (AP) — A Kazakhstan plane with 100 people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday, killing at least 14 people while at least 35 others survived with injuries, officials in Almaty said.The Bek Air aircraft hit a concrete fence and a two-story building after takeoff from Almaty International Airport. It said the plane lost…

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Election officials learn military mindset ahead of 2020 vote

Election officials learn military mindset ahead of 2020 vote

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation’s capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with the military strategists than they might think. These government officials are on the front lines of a different kind of high-stakes…

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