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Iraq calls for US strikes...Israel warns Syrians...Better housing numbers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 23, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister is urging the United States to target the positions of Islamic militants in Iraq, and in neighboring Syria. Iraqi officials who were briefed on today's meeting in Baghdad between Nouri al-Maliki and Secretary of State John Kerry say Kerry told the Iraqi leader that a great deal of care must be taken before air strikes are launched, to avoid civilian casualties that could create the impression that Americans are attacking Sunnis.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister is warning Syria's warring parties against any effort to heat up tensions with Israel. The warning came hours after the Israeli air force carried out a string of airstrikes in Syria, in response to a deadly cross-border attack. An activist group says the Israeli strikes killed at least 10 Syrian troops.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's efforts to deal with emissions of gases that are blamed for global warming have suffered a setback at the Supreme Court. The justices today found that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority, in some cases, to force companies to evaluate ways of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But the decision won't affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's housing market may be starting to regain some of the momentum that was lost over the past year. The National Association of Realtors says sales of previously-owned homes posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years last month. Sales had slowed, partly because of last year's rise in mortgage rates from historic lows.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A review of the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case is faulting police and prosecutors for delays. But it finds no evidence that politics affected the investigation. The report was ordered by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat who had suggested politics may have had a role in the Sandusky case. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a long prison sentence.

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