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Consulting Congress... No reprieve... New Spanish king

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 18, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq. Obama huddled with House and Senate leaders for over an hour to discuss options.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to grant a last-minute reprieve for a Florida inmate set to be executed in the 1985 killing of his estranged wife and her young son. John Ruthell Henry is scheduled to be given a lethal injection today. It would be the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting veterans affairs secretary says about 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA facilities have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment. That's more than twice the percentage of veterans the government said last week were forced to endure long waits, but Sloan Gibson says that probably reflects improved reporting.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A message from the chair of the Federal Reserve: The U.S. economy still isn't healthy enough to grow at a consistently strong pace without the Fed's help. Janet Yellen spoke at a news conference after the central bank ended a two-day policy meeting. Yellen made clear that the Fed sees no need to raise short-term interest rates from record lows anytime soon.

MADRID (AP) — Spain has a new king. Crown Prince Felipe ascended to the Spanish throne at midnight, Madrid time, but there weren't any ritzy official celebrations. The economic crisis that has left a quarter of Spaniards out of work prompted Europe's newest king to be relatively frugal as he succeeded his father, Juan Carlos.

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