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US considers Iraq response...Israeli teens may have been kidnapped...Lauer signs extension

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 13, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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LONDON (AP) — After years of investment in Iraq's future, the United States isn't going to stand by and watch that country become overrun by a fast-moving insurgency from an Islamic militant group inspired by al-Qaida. Secretary of State John Kerry says that's why the U.S. is contemplating military action in Iraq to help put down that insurgency. The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant now controls several cities in Iraq's west and north. And Kerry says it is plotting against American and Western interests.

JERUSALEM (AP) — There are fears that three missing Israeli teenagers may have been kidnapped by Palestinian militants. Israeli soldiers are searching the West Bank in hopes of finding the teens. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for their safety.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Six police officers in Cleveland have entered pleas of not guilty today to various charges stemming from a November 2012 car chase that ended with a hail of 137 gunshots and the deaths of two unarmed suspects. One patrolman -- who fired a total of 49 rounds -- is charged with two counts of manslaughter.

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — A family spokesman says the pilot of a small plane who died in a crash outside New York City was Richard Rockefeller, great grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. The airport's operations manager says the plane took off at around 8 a.m. today and went down after hitting some trees. Rockefeller, who was from Maine, was the only person on board. The family spokesman says the 64-year-old was a doctor and father of two.

NEW YORK (AP) — He's been a fixture on NBC's "Today" show for two decades, and a co-host since 1997 -- and now, Matt Lauer is going to stick around for a few more years. The network says Lauer has agreed to a contract extension. It's not specifying how long the contract will run. NBC is trying to recover the dominance it lost to rival "Good Morning America" on ABC.

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