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BAGHDAD (AP) — Prominent Shiite leaders are pushing for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Increasingly, al-Maliki's former allies believe he cannot lead an inclusive government. Iraq's parliament is preparing to start work next week on putting together a new government amid an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, who's long been reluctant to arm the Syrian opposition, in part because of concerns that weapons may fall into extremist hands, is asking Congress for $500 million to train and arm moderate rebels. Administration officials say the U.S. is now more confident about its ability to distinguish moderates from more extremist elements.

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal jurors have reached a decision on whether a former Hawaii soldier convicted of killing his 5-year-old daughter will be sentenced to death or life in prison. But the verdict won't be read until Friday morning because jurors say they're "emotionally drained." Naeem Williams' death penalty trial is the first in the history of Hawaii's statehood.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a monthlong national effort to capture sex predators has led to 275 arrests in Southern California. The arrests include a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy and a U.S. Army soldier. The effort was dubbed "Operation Broken Heart" and involved dozens of local, state and federal authorities who worked throughout May.

KATY, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas say three dozen people were sent to hospitals after a floor collapsed under a large crowd of people assembled for a religious event at a suburban Houston home. Most of the victims suffered minor injuries. More than 100 people had gathered in an apartment above a detached garage in a residential neighborhood in Katy when the floor gave way.

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