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More Americans to go to Iraq...Obama presents Medal of Honor...New House GOP leader

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 19, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As many as 300 U.S. military advisers will join up to 275 other U.S. troops who are being positioned in and around Iraq to provide security and support for American interests there. But President Barack Obama insists that U.S. troops won't be returning to combat there. He says the U.S. can't solve Iraq's problems by sending "tens of thousands of troops" and suffering additional losses.

BAGHDAD (AP) — There's a lot at stake, as Iraq's government and Sunni militants continue their battle for control of the country's biggest oil refinery. The loss of the refinery would be seen as a symbol of the government's inability to stop the insurgents who've already taken control of large sections of the country. After three days of fighting, each side appears to hold different sections of the complex.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the country's newest Medal of Honor recipient should not be alive -- but he thanks God that he is. Obama says retired Cpl. Kyle Carpenter faced down a hand grenade to save a fellow Marine. And he says Carpenter's heroism in that blink of an eye in Afghanistan in 2010 "will inspire for generations." Carpenter was severely injured in the blast, including the loss of sight in his right eye. Obama also honored Carpenter's medical team at a ceremony in the White House East Room.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have made the first change in their leadership since Majority Leader Eric Cantor unexpectedly lost a primary election last week. They've elected California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to replace him in the No. 2 job. McCarthy has been GOP whip, the No. 3 post, and his election today was anticipated. He defeated Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, a conservative who has often battled his own party leaders and said voters want change in Washington.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has refused Shelly Sterling's request for an injunction against husband Donald Sterling and his lawyers in their dispute over the planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. Shelly Sterling's attorneys filed a petition today alleging threats by Donald Sterling and his counsel. But the judge says the alleged statements didn't "rise to the level of great and irreparable injury."

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