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Putin: Extend cease-fire...Former editor convicted in hacking case...Was KFC story a hoax?

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 24, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the weeklong cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president should be extended and accompanied by talks between the government and the rebels. Putin said on a trip to Vienna today that the seven-day cease-fire Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Friday wasn't enough. Putin's statement came as a Ukrainian government spokesman said that a military helicopter was shot down over a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine.

GENEVA (AP) — It's the highest monthly death toll in Iraq since the U.S. military withdrew from the country in December of 2011. The U.N. says more than 1,000 people -- mostly civilians -- have been killed in Iraq so far this month. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry has completed a second day of talks with leaders in Iraq. The country's top Kurdish leader warned Kerry that the rapid advance by Sunni insurgents has already created "a new reality and a new Iraq."

LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been convicted of phone hacking -- but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted -- after a trial that lasted for months in London. It centered on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdock's newspaper empire. A jury unanimously found Coulson guilty of conspiring to intercept communications by eavesdropping on mobile phone voicemails. Coulson is the former spin doctor for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says the Obama administration is not helping Congress get to the truth about the IRS' close scrutiny of conservative groups -- and about the agency's recent revelation that it lost emails related to that probe. The IRS says it lost some emails by Lois Lerner, who headed the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The agency blames that on Lerner's computer crashing — a contention Republicans have said they don't believe. Boehner says the IRS explanation "doesn't pass the straight face test."

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Was it all a hoax? That's the question facing people who've rallied behind a 3-year-old girl in Mississippi. The girl's family said they were asked to leave a KFC franchise because an employee said the girl's injuries from a mauling by a pit bull were disturbing the other customers. KFC says the restaurant's internal investigation couldn't verify that the incident took place. An outside investigator is now being hired. A posting on a Facebook page set up for the girl is denying that it was a hoax.

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