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White House huddle... Florida executes murderer... Change of venue?

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 18, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama huddled with congressional leaders in the Oval Office for over an hour to discuss options for responding to the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency in Iraq. Both sides agree that Obama does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take. But rank-and-file lawmakers may have objections.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is praising Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders for showing solidarity against al-Qaida-inspired insurgents who have plunged Iraq into violence. Biden, who's traveling in Latin America, spoke to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite. He also spoke with the Sunni and Kurdish leaders.

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has executed a Tampa-area man who murdered his estranged wife and her young son in 1985, two years after he'd been paroled for killing his previous spouse. It was the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma.

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have asked to move his upcoming trial from Boston, proposing Washington, D.C., as the new location. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court, Tsarnaev's public defenders say a survey of potential jurors in Boston, Springfield, New York City and Washington suggests the nation's capital would be a more suitable location for a trial.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dayton, Ohio, police have closed the case of a white bus driver who said a religious book in his shirt pocket blocked bullets as he was attacked by three black men. Police say the account isn't supported by evidence and testing. They stopped short of saying the man made up the story.

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