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Libyan militant in DC...Heavy fighting in Iraq...Albuquerque police sued in death of homeless man

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 28, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks is in Washington, D.C., flown there today by military helicopter from the Navy ship that transported him to the U.S. after his capture two weeks ago in Libya. Ahmed Abu Khattala (hah-TAH'-lah) faces criminal charges in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in the attack. Security at the capital's federal courthouse has been heightened in anticipation of a possible court appearance today.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say heavy fighting between security forces and Sunni insurgents have killed at least 21 troops about 30 miles from Baghdad. Police officials say the battles raged for hours near the town of Jurf al-Sakhar. The town is part of a predominantly Sunni ribbon that runs just south of the capital. Meanwhile, the Iraqi army has attacked insurgent positions in the cities of Tikrit (tih-KREET') and Mosul today.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a homeless camper has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Albuquerque police for a fatal shooting that sparked protests and calls for reform throughout the city. The lawsuit filed yesterday says more than 40 officers dispatched to handle James Boyd had "no meaningful control" of the standoff, and their lack of training led to his death. A helmet camera video of the March shooting shows the 38-year-old Boyd, who authorities say suffered from schizophrenia, gathering his belongings before officers opened fire.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she sees little hope for comprehensive immigration reform this year. The California Democrat visited a Border Patrol facility in Brownsville, Texas, today, where unaccompanied children are being held. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally since October, creating what President Barack Obama calls an "urgent humanitarian situation." Pelosi says Congress has "a moral responsibility" to address the situation "in a dignified way."

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has adopted a 6-month-old lion cub. On a visit to Kenya to cap a week of high-level meetings at the first-ever U.N. Environmental Assembly, Ban named the young lioness, a Swahili word for "hope." The U.N. chief says it's his hope people around the world will be able to live harmoniously with nature.

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