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WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS came under fire from House Republicans on Friday during a hearing on missing emails. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen refused to offer an apology for the loss of emails that might have shed light on the tax agency's targeting of groups such as the tea party. At one point, Rep. Paul Ryan told Koskinen: "Nobody believes you."

WASHINGTON (AP) — New detention facilities will be opened to house immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally amid a surge from Central America. The Department of Homeland Security says the first will be a 700-bed family detention facility at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration has granted a set of new benefits to same-sex couples. They range from Social Security and veterans benefits to work leave for caring for sick spouses.

DETROIT (AP) — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to sell its stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories to protest Israeli policies toward Palestinians. The General Assembly voted in Detroit by a razor-thin margin — 310-303 — to sell stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Inmates were sent indoors when a hot air balloon landed in the parking lot of an Oregon women's prison, but it wasn't an escape attempt. The Oregonian reports that the pilot told officials at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility that he was taking part in a balloon festival Thursday morning but was running low on fuel and battling strong winds.

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