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Another Iraqi town falls to militants...Fighting erupts amid Ukraine cease-fire...NorCal brush fire contained

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 21, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi mayor says his town northwest of Baghdad has fallen into the hands of Sunni militants. The town, Rawah, is the second to be captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the mainly Sunni Anbar province. The mayor says the local army and police force pulled out when the militants took control and government offices were being sacked by the militants. A town along the Syrian border fell to militants yesterday.

UNDATED (AP) — Officials say there's been fighting on the first day of a cease-fire declared by Ukraine's president, who told troops to stand down from pro-Russia separatists in the east. Nine Ukrainian troops have been wounded in clashes. Meanwhile, forces in central Russia are on a weeklong combat alert starting today including an exercise involving airborne troops.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — There's been a peaceful protest today by hundreds of Afghans demonstrating against alleged fraud in last week's presidential runoff. The protest brought out riot police and forced a closure of the airport road. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah says the vote was rigged against him.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — After a land and air battle, officials say a five-acre brush fire in Northern California has been contained, but not before destroying at least one home and heavily damaging two others. The blaze in Fairfield that broke out yesterday prompted evacuations as it sent huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the air. Fairfield is about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials say they don't think drinking-water was affected by a crude oil storage tank spill into a northern river. Todd Hartman of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources says the bank where the storage tank sat next to the river was undercut by the high spring river flows, causing it to drop and break a valve. Cleanup crews are on the job.

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