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Iraqi troop try to take back Tikrit...Winds push Arizona fire past lines...Flying saucer test

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 28, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Witnesses say helicopter gunships opened fire on Sunni militant positions in the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein today. Tikrit is one of two major cities to fall in recent weeks to the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and allied Sunni militants. An Iraqi military spokesman says the airstrikes targeted militants attacking Iraqi troops trying to take back Tikrit.

VERNON, Ariz. (AP) — Just as crews seemed to be making progress on a wildfire in eastern Arizona's White Mountains, mother nature has taken over again. Winds have pushed the flames past containment lines. The fire is now about 8 square miles with no containment. Officials say they expect the winds to diminish today, hopefully allowing some progress.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A scathing appraisal of the health care system for veterans says the Veterans Health Administration must be restructured and that there is a "corrosive culture" which has hurt morale and affected the timeliness of health care. The review ordered by President Barack Obama substantially verifies problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for summer vacation for the Supreme Court, but not before it issues two of its biggest decision of the session on Monday. One case involves birth control coverage under President Barack Obama's health law. Dozens of companies, including arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, claim religious objections. The other case deals with fees paid to labor unions representing government employees by workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA hopes the weather cooperates for today's "flying saucer" test. NASA is testing technology that could be used to land on Mars. The attempt off the Hawaiian Islands will test the disc-shaped vehicle and a giant parachute. With heavier Mars craft in the works, the space agency needs a much stronger parachute.

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