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Deadline approaches in Iraq...Obama urges paid leave for new moms...Stocks end winning streak

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 23, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — The leaders of Iraq's factions are facing a deadline of next week to set a new parliament. And Secretary of State John Kerry has told them today that they need to meet that deadline -- in order to stave off the threat of a new civil war by giving more power to Iraq's minorities. Kerry's meetings in Baghdad came amid an insurgency by Sunni militants who continue to capture more territory.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the midst of a midterm election campaign focusing in part on women voters, President Barack Obama says the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. Some companies offer paid family leave, in order to attract workers -- but the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act only requires that employers provide unpaid leave -- not paid leave -- for medical and family reasons.

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in seven trading days, stocks have finished the day lower. It marks the end of a run that had pushed the indexes to all-time highs. The S&P 500 fell a fraction of a point today, while the Dow dropped nearly ten points and the Nasdaq composite index edged up two-thirds of a point.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A report has been released about the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case -- and while it blames police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges, it finds no evidence that politics affected the investigation. The report says there was a three-year lapse in filing charges against the former Penn State assistant football coach. He was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys, and he's now serving decades in prison.

DETROIT (AP) — The Justice Department has urged a judge in Detroit to dismiss a lawsuit from the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse. The suit is a result of an FBI report from three years ago that describes the duo's fans as a loosely organized gang. Fans of Insane Clown Posse say they've lost custody of children, lost jobs and been denied housing simply because they like the music. A government attorney told a judge today that the FBI isn't responsible for how police agencies use information in the national gang report.

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