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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq, the scene of a rising Sunni insurgency. The president insists he's not sending the military back into combat. Still, when added to previously announced steps, Obama's actions could put about 600 additional U.S. troops in the midst of Iraq's deeply unstable security situation.

UNDATED (AP) — Federal officials say about 75 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria this month because of a safety problem at some of its labs in Atlanta. Independent experts say it appears to be the largest incident involving anthrax in a U.S. lab in at least a decade.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Record flooding from the Big Sioux River has prompted residents in three states to hurriedly prepare for the rising water. The fast-moving Big Sioux has been swollen by days of thunderstorms and is expected to crest more than a foot above the previous record level set in 1969, threatening homes and businesses in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In court documents unsealed today, prosecutors say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took part in a nationwide criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups. No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. The documents were filed in December as part of an investigation into alleged illegal fundraising and campaign coordination by Walker and his campaign.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A preliminary report says the driver of a tractor-trailer that plowed into a limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan was speeding in the final moments before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board says Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper was going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone just before the June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan and two others were seriously hurt; one man was killed.

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