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Afghans vote despite threats...More fighting in Iraq...Invasive species checks at NY's Lake George

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 14, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans have been lining up to vote in today's presidential runoff election despite a Taliban warning to stay away from the polls and deadly attacks in the country's east. Troops have been frisking voters before allowing them into polling stations and searching cars at checkpoints around Kabul. In Khost province, near the Pakistani border, a government spokesman says a series of rockets killed six civilians and wounded eight, while a mortar shell killed two civilians and wounded three in Logar province.

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker close to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) says a military offensive is underway to drive the insurgents from Tikrit (tih-KREET'). However, fighting in the area has not been confirmed. Also unconfirmed is a report from a local official in Diyala province that insurgents have seized a small town about 60 miles north of Baghdad after Iraqi security forces pulled out.

MADRID (AP) — Spanish officials say around 1,000 migrants of sub-Saharan origin attempted to storm a three-tier barbed-wire border fence separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. A regional government statement says fewer than 10 people managed get past the first barrier in the charge. They were taken away by Moroccan police.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Homeland Security investigator says drug traffickers are disguising methamphetamine as a liquid to smuggle it into the United States from Mexico. The official says traffickers seal the meth in tequila bottles or plastic detergent containers to fool border agents and traffic officers. Once inside California's Central Valley, the meth is cooked crystals in neighborhood labs. One of those labs caused a house in Fresno to explode two years ago.

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) — Boaters heading to New York's Lake George this summer must make one last stop before launching. Inspection stations have been set up to check vessels for invasive species and decontaminate them if any are found. The Adirondack tourist destination is the first lake in the East to require inspections of every boat and trailer, following a similar program that began five years ago at Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California.

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