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US considering air strikes in Iraq...Bergdahl to leave Germany for US...Boehner won't pick

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 12, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — As an insurgency gains ground in Iraq, two U.S. officials say the White House is considering providing air strikes and increased surveillance. For more than a year, the Iraqi government has been asking for surveillance and armed drones to fight the Sunni insurgents. A group inspired by al-Qaida captured a pair of cities dominated by Sunnis this week, and it's talking about taking the fight to Baghdad.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week and a half at a hospital in Germany, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is coming home. An official says Bergdahl will leave Germany overnight for Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Meanwhile, there's word that Bergdahl won't be receiving the promotion that would have been automatic if he'd still been held prisoner by the Taliban in Afghanistan. An official says the promotion list that would have included a boost to staff sergeant is expected to be released this week, and he won't be on it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is declining to take sides in the contest to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader. He's also saying it remains unclear whether Cantor lost his Republican primary this week because of voter dissatisfaction with efforts to revamp immigration laws. The two Republicans seeking the leadership post being vacated by Cantor are Kevin McCarthy of California and Pete Sessions of Texas.

NEW YORK (AP) — She gained fame as an actress and an activist. Ruby Dee earned lead roles in movies and on Broadway, but also spent her life fighting injustice -- even emceeing the 1963 March on Washington and protesting apartheid in South Africa. Ruby Dee died last night at her home in suburban New York at the age of 91.

NEW YORK (AP) — Harrison Ford has been hurt on the set of the new "Star Wars" movie. Disney says the 71-year-old actor was taken to a hospital and treated for an ankle injury that happened during filming today near London. The studio says shooting will continue as planned while Ford recuperates.

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