BAGHDAD (AP) — A top Iraqi intelligence official says Iran has been secretly supplying Iraqi security forces with weapons, including rockets, heavy machine guns and multiple rocket launchers. Iraq is under siege by the Sunni extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The official says there is a sword on Iraq's neck and that it won't turn down "the hand outstretched." Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Iraq's neighbors to avoid the conflict to prevent even more sectarian violence.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican leaders are worried about the fallout from Sen. Thad Cochran's comeback victory over tea party favorite Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. McDaniel refuses to concede and is angry that Cochran successfully appealed for support from Democrats, most of whom are black in the state. GOP consultant John Feehery says the tea party complaints make them look -- in his words -- "racist and stupid."
WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent advisory office has recommended that the House Ethics Committee investigate charges that New York Congressman Michael Grimm threatened to harm a television reporter. Grimm was captured on camera threatening to throw the reporter off a balcony in the U.S. Capitol after being questioned about an FBI probe into his campaign finances.
BOSTON (AP) — Authorities in Boston say lots of people who attended an electronic dance music show Wednesday night at TD Garden showed up intoxicated. Nearly two dozen were taken to the hospital. The show featured Swedish disc jockey Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee). Two people died over the weekend at a Las Vegas music festival attended by Avicii. It will be weeks before a cause can be determined.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Census Bureau data released Thursday shows the median age in the U.S. went up a little bit last year, from 37.5 years to 37.6 years. But seven states actually got younger -- Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming. Researchers credit the oil and gas boom for attracting young men looking for work.
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