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IRS chief: More employees had hard-drive crashes...Iraq militants may be planning new strike...River crests

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 20, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen (KAHS'-kihn-ihn) is telling Congress that eight federal employees connected to the tea party investigation experienced hard drive crashes. Koskinen says it's not clear whether all eight of the hard drive crashes resulted in lost emails. In the past week the IRS acknowledged it can't produce emails from some of the officials connected to the investigation. Among the missing emails are those from former IRS executive Lois Lerner, who is at the center of the probe. Her computer crashed in 2011.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The army officer in charge of protecting Iraq's largest oil refinery says the militants who attacked the facility appear to be regrouping to launch a new attack, after Iraqi forces repelled one last night. The refinery accounts for more than a quarter of Iraq's entire refining capacity. Sunni militants and government troops are now in control of different parts of the facility.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has blacklisted Thailand and Malaysia for failing to meet its minimum standards in fighting human trafficking. It's a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia. The State Department, however, improved its rating of strategic rival China. The department cited Beijing's steps to abolish re-education-through-labor camps.

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) — The flood threat to communities along the Big Sioux River isn't as serious as forecasters had expected. It turns out the river, which passes communities in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, crested earlier than predicted -- at around midnight. And the National Weather Service says the crest at Sioux City, Iowa, was a couple of feet below the previous record. Forecasters say the river should hold steady and eventually recede.

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a gunman after three people were shot and wounded at the end of a rap concert last night at the Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater in the foothills west of Denver. A sheriff's spokesman says the victims' injuries weren't life-threatening.

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