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Bomb blasts in Baghdad...California wildfire grows...Hole-in-one at US Open

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 15, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police and hospital officials say a string of explosions in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30. A car bomb in the city center killed 10 and wounded 21 today. Then, after nightfall, another explosion hit the area, killing two and wounding five. A third explosion followed near a falafel shop in the city's sprawling Sadr City district, killing three and wounding seven.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic militant group that swept across northern Iraq and captured two major cities last week has posted graphic photos on a website that appear to show its masked fighters massacring dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers. A day after hundreds of armed Shiite men paraded through the streets of Baghdad, there are fears the grisly images will further sharpen sectarian tensions. The Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have vowed to take the battle to Iraq's capital and cities further south where revered Shiite shrines are located.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — About 450 firefighters are working to control a smoky wildfire burning in and around the Sequoia National Forest in Central California. The blaze more than doubled overnight to 2.8 square miles. It remains just 5 percent contained. Sheriff's deputies have called for the evacuation of about 500 homes in nearby Wofford Heights, about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem made "American Top 40" a must listen for more than three decades with his sentimental "long distance dedications" and cheerful, weekly reminders to "keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars." A feud over Kasem's health care divided his children and his second wife in recent years, in which he struggled with Parkinson's disease and a form of dementia. His daughter says the family is heartbroken after his death this morning. Casey Kasem was 82.

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — He's too far back to catch leader Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur), but Zach Johnson is having a pretty good day at the U.S. Open. Johnson made a hole-in-one on the 172-yard ninth hole at Pinehurst No. 2. Taking advantage of a favorable pin placement on the right side of the green, his shot landed about 20 feet left of the flag, bounced twice, then curled down a ridge into the cup. It's the 44th ace in tournament history.

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