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'Critical moment' for Iraq...Iraqi immigrant sentenced in wife's death...No sports betting in Jersey

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 23, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than three decades of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, Iraq is facing what Secretary of State John Kerry calls a "critical moment" for that country's future. He says the fate of Iraq depends largely on whether its leaders keep their commitment to quickly seat a new government, before a Sunni insurgency sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. Kerry met in Baghdad today with the country's prime minister and other leaders.

EL CAJON, California (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant has been sentenced in California to 25 years to life in prison for his wife's fatal beating, which initially drew international condemnation when authorities believed it was a hate crime. Kassim Alhimidi was sentenced today in San Diego County Superior Court after yelling out to the courtroom audience that he is not guilty.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey. The court is letting stand the lower court rulings that struck down New Jersey's sports betting law because it conflicts with a federal law that allows state-sanctioned sports gambling only in Nevada and three other states.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest. The ruling signals the end of a Los Angeles-area family's wrongful death lawsuit alleging Target was liable for a customer's sudden cardiac arrest death because it didn't have one of the life-saving devices as part of its first-aid plan.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has issued a cease-and-desist demand to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers. The letter also asks tech giant Apple to immediately remove the application from its app store. Herera cites a provision in San Francisco's police code that prohibits people and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking.

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