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Another day of IRS hearings...Kerry meeting Kurds...Busy primary day

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 24, 2014 at 2:50 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress plan to hear today from White House official Jennifer O'Connor who once worked for the IRS, in their continuing investigation of the agency's targeting of political groups. Lawmakers yesterday weren't buying the assertion of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (KAHS'-kihn-ihn), who claims he saw no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost potentially valuable emails.

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has swung back to Iraq, this time for meetings with Kurdish leaders as he tries to promote an overhaul of the Shiite-led government as the best way to deflate a raging Sunni insurgency. Kerry is in the capital of Iraq's northern, autonomous Kurdish region. Kurds represent about 20 percent of Iraq's population and usually vote as a unified bloc.

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the big primary battles today pits tea party against tradition in six-term Sen. Thad Cochran's Republican runoff against Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel. It's seen as a test of whether decades of delivering federal largesse trumps conservative demands to slash government spending. Other primaries are in New York, Oklahoma, Maryland, Colorado and Utah.

NEW YORK (AP) — A climate change report aimed at businesses forecasts potentially expensive consequences in the next 50 years. The report commissioned by the Risky Business Project is designed to convince businesses to factor in the cost of climate change in their long-term decisions and to push for cutting emissions that are heating the planet to avoid lost property, reduced industrial output and higher health expenses by 2050.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is meeting today to determine what went wrong, who's to blame and how to prevent similar accidents like the San Francisco crash of Asiana Flight 214 while landing nearly a year ago. Issues include hesitancy by some pilots to abort a landing or to challenge a captain's actions. Other issues include an overreliance on automated controls and the growing complexity of automated systems.

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