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Executive order ends Philly transit walkout for now...US carrier sent to Persian Gulf

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 15, 2014 at 2:00 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A presidential order that ended a brief strike has Philadelphia area commuter rail workers returning to their jobs today. The strike shut down 13 train lines that carry commuters from Philadelphia to the suburbs, Philadelphia International Airport and New Jersey. Obama has created a presidential emergency board to mediate the contract dispute between works and the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sunni Islamic militant gains in Iraq have the U.S. pondering its options. A U.S. aircraft carrier has been dispatched to the Persian Gulf along with two escort ships. In Baghdad, a prominent Shiite cleric's call has drawn thousands of men to the capital vowing to defend against the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The search continues for three teenagers, including an American, who disappeared in the West bank while hitchhiking home from their Jewish seminary. Israel's military says it arrested around 80 Palestinians today, including members of the militant group Hamas. The military believes the three were abducted by militants.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — There are conflicting accounts of the death toll after Pakistani jets pounded insurgent hideouts in the country's northwest in apparent retaliation for a militant siege of Karachi's airport a week ago that killed 36 people, including 10 attackers. The military says 50 militants were killed, though earlier intelligence reports put the death toll at 100.

NOVOHANNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is in official mourning today for the 49 people aboard a military transport who died when it was shot down in the troubled east by pro-Russia separatists. Ukraine's government, backed by the U.S., insists Russia continues to support the insurgents, and the attack has amplified the international conversation about more sanctions on Moscow.

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