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GM keys being recalled... Iran helping Iraq... White House dismisses IRS email criticism

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 16, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.

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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's recalling the keys for about 3.4 million cars because they could cause the ignition switch to move out of position if they're carrying too much weight. GM says the switches can rotate out of "run" if the key has excess weight and the car "experiences some jarring event," such as hitting a pothole or crossing a railroad track.

BAGHDAD (AP) — It's a sign of Iran's deepening involvement in the Iraqi crisis. Officials say the commander of Tehran's elite Quds (kuhdz) Force is helping Iraq's military and Shiite militias gear up to fight the Sunni insurgents advancing across the country. Meanwhile, the White House is considering sending a small number of U.S. special forces to Iraq to help the government slow the insurgency.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is dismissing criticism from Republican lawmakers over missing IRS emails. Spokesman Josh Earnest says the Internal Revenue Service engaged in a good faith effort to find emails from an IRS official whose division processed applications for tax-exempt status by politically oriented groups.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The order being drafted by the White House would impact about 14 million workers whose employers or states currently do not ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is being mourned following his death today from oral cancer at the age of 54. Gwynn played his whole career with the San Diego Padres. Fellow Hall of Famer Greg Maddux tweeted, "Tony Gwynn was the best pure hitter I ever faced! Condolences to his family."

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