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Cantor to leave leadership post...Concern about Iraq...Stocks finish lower

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 11, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia says he will step down as House majority leader at the end of next month. His announcement comes after he lost a GOP primary yesterday to a little-known political novice, David Brat, who had the backing of tea party groups.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The White House says it's "deeply concerned" about the security situation in Iraq. Militants inspired by al-Qaida have pushed deeper into the country's Sunni heartland, quickly capturing Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts. The advance into former insurgent strongholds is spreading fears that the country's prime minister won't be able to stop the Islamic militants as they press closer to Baghdad.

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing lower after the World Bank scaled back its outlook for global growth. The S&P 500 fell six points. The Dow dropped 102, while the Nasdaq slipped six points. The stock market remains near all-time highs after a slow and steady climb since April.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police are correcting earlier accounts of the dying moments of a couple who killed two patrol officers in a pizza shop and an armed man who tried to stop them in a Walmart store. They now say Amanda Miller didn't shoot her husband, Jerad Miller, when they were cornered in the Walmart. Instead, police say Jerad Miller was fatally wounded by Las Vegas police officers as they closed in.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Advocacy groups are describing what they say are widespread abuses of unaccompanied children who are arrested by U.S. border authorities. They say the children are being packed into frigid cells, and forced to sleep on hard floors without enough food or medical care. The charges come amid a surge of illegal crossings by young immigrants from Central American countries.

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