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Celebration in Tikrit...One Republican bows out...Court lets labeling lawsuit proceed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 12, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Video that's been posted online today shows some residents of the Iraqi city of Tikrit (tih-KREET') celebrating the city's takeover by militants from an al-Qaida-inspired group. The group is vowing to march on to Baghdad. But the capital doesn't appear to be in imminent danger of a similar assault. Baghdad would be a much harder target for the militants because of its large Shiite population. So far, fighters from the group have stuck to the Sunni heartland.

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top officials of NATO and Britain say they have no plans to get involved militarily in Iraq after Sunni Muslim militants overran much of the north and were pressing toward Baghdad. British Foreign Secretary William Hague ruled out any military intervention by his country, but said it might provide humanitarian aid. In a BBC interview, he said it was up to Iraq's leadership to deal with the deteriorating military situation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republicans are vying for the job of House Majority leader, following the decision by Eric Cantor to step down at the end of next month in the aftermath of his primary defeat Tuesday. They are Pete Sessions of Texas and Kevin McCarthy of California. Texas congressman Jeb Hensarling announced today that he's decided not to compete for the job.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court decision today could open the door to more lawsuits against food makers for deceptive labeling. The court sided with juice maker Pom Wonderful. It's suing Coca Cola, alleging that the label on a "Pomegranate Blueberry" beverage offered by Coke's Minute Maid unit is misleading because 99 percent of the drink consists of apple and grape juice. The justices cleared the way for the lawsuit to move ahead.

DENVER (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen plans to undergo rehabilitation for her severed spine at a suburban Denver hospital. Van Dyken-Rouen (ROO'-ehn) plans to be transferred sometime next week to Craig Hospital, which specializes in spinal cord injuries. Her husband, former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, told The Denver Post that she may still need to undergo a second surgery at the Scottsdale, Arizona, hospital where she has been since she was injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash Friday night.

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