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Key battle in Iraq...Florida execution...Los Angeles Clippers legal saga

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 19, 2014 at 1:00 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is making threats and diplomatic overtures . Al-Maliki says he'll teach Sunni extremists a "lesson." Iraqi forces and Sunni militants are fighting for control of the nation's largest oil refinery. Maliki also reached out in a televised address to try to regain support from the nation's disaffected Sunnis and Kurds. Iraq wants the U.S. to launch strikes to beat back militants.

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has carried out the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours. It put to death a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her young son in 1985. Just before his execution, John Ruthell Henry asked for forgiveness and apologized for what he'd done. Until Wednesday, there had been no executions since April, when there was a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma.

PHOENIX (AP) — Newly released documents show a teacher at an Arizona prison was alone in a room full of sex offenders in January before she was stabbed and sexually assaulted by a convicted rapist. The attacker had just started serving a 30-year sentence for rape. Cameras are now being installed in prison classrooms statewide.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new development in the legal drama involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Lawyers for his wife Shelly Sterling' will ask a judge to order Sterling and his attorneys to not threaten, harass or intimidate his wife's legal team. The order would also cover the doctors who determined that Sterling was mentally incapacitated. He's challenging the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The NBA wants Sterling out because of his racist comments.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican security official says two alleged top members of the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels have been arrested through government efforts to quell violence in the border state of Tamaulipas. Federal police say those detained are among cartel members believed responsible for a surge of bloodshed in the Mexican state, which is across from Texas.

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