WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it has assets in place to assist if the State Department decides to clear personnel from the massive U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Some staffers are being moved to relatively safer parts of Iraq and Jordan because of the threat posed by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL. It has overrun towns and two key cities in northern Iraq and boasts that it will take Baghdad. About 100 U.S. troops have brought in to help secure the embassy.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A law enforcement official in Kenya says 27 people were killed in a militant attack on a town near a popular coastal resort. The gunmen targeted two hotels, a bank and a police station. Kenya has experienced a wave of attacks recently blamed on the Somali militant group al-Shabab.
BEIJING (AP) — State media say a court in western China has sentenced three people to death for planning a deadly car ramming at Beijing's iconic Tiananmen Gate that was blamed on Muslim separatists. The Oct. 28 attack killed two bystanders and three attackers. Five others were reportedly sentenced to prison on Monday.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Father's Day will be always be a tragic memory for a New Jersey family. A teenager on a visit to Newark to honor his deceased dad was killed in an early Sunday house fire that also claimed the lives of four others including his mother. The teen's grandmother says the family was to have met het her later Sunday at a Father's Day service at the church his late father had attended. He died two years ago in a bicycle accident.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former radio host Casey Kasem has died from a former of dementia and after a nasty court battle between his children and his second wife over his care. Kasem, who was 82, was heard on about 1,000 radio stations during the peak of "American Top 40." He was also the voice of animated TV characters like Scooby-Doo's sidekick Shaggy. He died Sunday at a hospital in suburban Tacoma, Washington.
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