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Advisers to Iraq...Sterilized without consent...Report on deadly New Jersey crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 20, 2014 at 12:50 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's sending 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help its government battle a growing Sunni insurgency led by an extremist group. But Obama also challenged Iraq's embattled leader -- a Shiite -- to create a more inclusive government or risk Iraq his country descending into sectarian civil war.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An updated audit of Veterans Affairs hospitals shows tens of thousands more veterans than previously reported are forced to wait at least a month for medical appointments. The updated report includes new figures showing that the wait times actually experienced at most VA facilities were shorter than those on waiting lists for pending appointments.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's medical board and Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in the illegal sterilizations of female prison inmates. A state audit recommended that those authorities investigate 39 cases where sterilizations were performed without inmates' lawful consent.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah prosecutors have charged a former police officer from a troubled department with fatally shooting an unarmed woman during a 2012 drug investigation. Former West Valley City narcotics officer Shaun Cowley faces manslaughter charges. He and a second officer said they fired at the woman because they feared they'd be run over. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says the officer wasn't in danger because he was beside the car.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal safety investigators say a truck driver was speeding before he slammed into a limousine van, killing one man and seriously injuring comedian Tracy Morgan and two other passengers. A report shows 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. Roper had been on the job about 13 1/2 hours at the time of the crash.

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