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2 tea party losses...US weighs lawsuits on alleged insurance kickbacks...SKorean ferry survivors back to class

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 24, 2014 at 11:51 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran has edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran has 51 percent to McDaniel's 49 percent. In another setback for the tea party, two-term Congressman James Lankford of Oklahoma won the GOP nomination in the race to succeed Sen. Tom Coburn, who's stepping down with two years left in his term. Lankford defeated tea party-backed T.W. Shannon.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The race is too close to call in New York's Harlem and upper Manhattan primary, where Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel is seeking a 23rd term. The 84-year-old holds a slight lead over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ehs-py-AHT').

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is considering whether to sue banks and other mortgage servicers to recover its losses from alleged insurance kickbacks that may have cost government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hundreds of millions of dollars. The inspector general says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lost an estimated $168 million from the fees in 2012 alone.

ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — More than 70 South Korean teenagers who survived a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of their schoolmates are back to class for the first time since the April disaster. Some of the 74 students bowed their heads as they cried and walked to the school entrance Wednesday. Some stopped to hug the parents of their friends. A banner carried by an adult read: "We pray the dead will rest in peace."

NEW YORK (AP) — Some 250 homeless New Yorkers will be fed a fancy lunch Wednesday at the Boathouse restaurant in Central Park. Thanks to Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao (gwong-BYOW'), residents of a Manhattan shelter will be served sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet and berries with creme fraiche (krehm fresh). And each homeless person will be given $300. Chen says he wants to disprove the cliche image of rich Chinese spending money mostly on luxuries.

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