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Advisers in Baghdad...Watching Moscow...Drug lord arrested

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 24, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says about half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad. They're in Iraq to assess Iraqi forces in the fight against Sunni militants who have gobbled up territory. In Iraq, officials say Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is prepared to temporarily concede territory taken by Sunni militants and is focused on defending Baghdad.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it is "reserving judgment" on Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for extending a weeklong cease-fire in Ukraine, saying it puts more stock in Russia's actions than its words. A spokesman says President Barack Obama conveyed that message to Putin in a phone call yesterday. The U.S. and European Union have warned of additional sanctions on Russia if the crisis in Ukraine persists.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifteen doctors, pharmacists and others in California have been charged in a $25 million workers' compensation scam that prosecutors say was linked to the death of a baby. Documents allege that the head of a workers' compensation claims management firm hired pharmacists to produce a pain-relief cream. A coroner's report says a 5-month-old boy in Los Angeles County ate the cream and died.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has contributed $100,000 to the Democratic candidate for governor in Nebraska. The donation was listed in the filings for Chuck Hassebrook, a former University of Nebraska Regent and director of the Center for Rural Affairs. He's running against Republican Pete Ricketts, a wealthy Omaha businessman, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The donation may be one of the largest that Buffett has made to a single candidate at one time.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of the once-mighty Arellano (ah-ray-AH'-noh) Felix drug cartel is behind bars. Federal officials say Fernando Sanchez Arellano was arrested at a home in Tijuana while watching the telecast of Mexico's soccer team playing in the World Cup. He is said to have had $100,000 cash when arrested.

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