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Benghazi suspect to appear in court...Battles in Iraq...Yemen foils hospital attack

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 28, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Security has been tightened at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., where a Libyan militant charged in the 2102 Benghazi attack is expected to appear before a judge today. Prosecutors say Ahmed Abu Khattala (hah-TAH'-lah) faces an initial court appearance this afternoon. A U.S. official says Abu Khattala was flown by military helicopter from a Navy ship to a National Park Service landing pad in the nation's capital today.

BAGHDAD (AP) — There are reports of fighting on three fronts in Iraq. Iraqi military officials say the army is trying to get back on the offensive against Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country's Sunni heartland, which stretches west and north from Baghdad to the Jordanian and Syrian borders. Fighting and airstrikes have been reported in Tikrit (tih-KREET') and Mosul. Meanwhile, police say fighting has been raging for hours near a town in a predominantly Sunni area just south of Baghdad. Officials say at least 21 Iraqi troops and dozens of militants have been killed.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's defense ministry says its troops have foiled a militant attack on a military-affiliated hospital in the country's south. The ministry says four militants and two soldiers were killed in the hour-long battle.

VERNON, Ariz. (AP) — Emergency crews have set up a shelter for evacuees of a wildfire in Arizona's White Mountains. The blaze has charred more than 8 square miles, and officials say it could threaten 90 structures in three communities. Windy conditions pushed the San Juan fire past key containment lines yesterday, but crews are hoping for lighter winds today.

NEW YORK (AP) — Online-streaming service Aereo is temporarily shutting down, three days after it was dealt an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices ruled that Aereo operates much like a cable TV company, and therefore violates copyright law unless it pays broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV stations to customers' tablets, phones and other gadgets. In a letter to customers, Aereo says it's mapping out its next steps.

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