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Battle near Baghdad...Parts of town "absolutely gone"...Stamp could post new record price

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 17, 2014 at 7:01 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — The Sunni extremists who have been overrunning some parts of northern Iraq have battled with pro-government Shiite militiamen in Baqouba (bah-KOO'-bah), about 40 miles northeast of Baghdad. The strike against a prison left 44 detainees dead but there is disagreement about how they died. Three police officers said the Shiite militiamen who rushed to defend the facility killed the detainees, all suspected Sunni militants. But a military spokesman says the prisoners were killed by insurgent mortar rounds.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers of Michigan says the U.S. "must move immediately" to stem a blitz by Sunni extremists overtaking towns and territory in Iraq. Rogers told CNN this morning that there is still time for the U.S. to make a difference. President Barack Obama has notified congressional leaders that up to 275 troops could be positioned to protect Americans and help secure the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

PILGER, Nebraska (AP) — A county commissioner says nearly half of the tiny town of Pilger (PIHL'-gur), Nebraska is "absolutely gone." One of the funnel clouds in a massive twin tornado plowed through the farm community, killing a child and injuring at least 19 others, some critically. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (HY'-nah-men) has declared a state of emergency. Pilger is about 100 miles northwest of Omaha.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — There's a grim health report out of West Africa. A health official says 7 people thought to have Ebola (ee-BOH'-lah) have died in Liberia's capital, Monrovia. Ebola causes high fever and severe bleeding. The cases are the first in Liberia in more than two months. There are other cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York auction house is predicting that someone will plop down between $10 million and $20 million for a 1-cent stamp. It's an1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta and has broken auction records for a single stamp three times in its long history. It goes on the auction block today.

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