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Israel: Missing teens presumed alive...White House praises Afghan vote...Philadelphia rail strike

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 14, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says three teenagers who disappeared in the West Bank are presumed to be alive and being held by Palestinian militants. Security forces continue to search the West Bank for the teens, one of whom is American. Troops have arrested more than a dozen Palestinians in connection to the case and are also examining footage from security cameras.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The White House says is praising "the courage and resolve" of the Afghan people as the country holds its second round of presidential voting today. Voters have been lining up at polling stations despite Taliban warnings to stay away. Official preliminary results are expected to be announced July 2.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president is pledging to help Iraq fight militants who have swept through the country's north, if Baghdad asks. President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) says that could include assisting U.S. forces if Washington decides to take military action. Rouhani's comments don't necessarily represent the last word on any Iranian military assistance. All final military decisions in the Islamic Republic rest with its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (hah-meh-neh-EE').

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rail workers are on strike in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. The move shuts down 13 Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train lines. A spokesman for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says he's assessing options, including asking President Barack Obama to intervene. The commuter rail system carries tens of thousands of people in the Philadelphia region.

NEW YORK (AP) — About 1,000 demonstrators have been marching across the Brooklyn Bridge this morning to call for tougher gun control laws. The marchers include relatives of some of those slain in the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. They're rallying cry is "Not one more," the words uttered by Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was shot to death in Santa Barbara, California, last month.

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