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June was a deadly month in Iraq...More US troops in Iraq...Obama to push for more infrastructure money

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 1, 2014 at 1:50 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says more than 2,400 people were killed in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest month so far in the country this year. The U.N. mission to Iraq says at least 2,417 people were killed in acts of terrorism and violence — that includes more than 1,500 civilians. The U.N. says the toll does not take into account casualties in Anbar province, which is largely controlled by Sunni militants.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will soon have about 750 American troops in Iraq. An additional 300 troops have been sent to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and to protect citizens in the area. The State Department is also temporarily moving some of its embassy staff in Baghdad to U.S. consulates in the northern city of Irbil and the southern city of Basra.

DETROIT (AP) — A new round of ignition switch recalls issued by General Motors and Chrysler is raising new questions about the safety of those parts in other vehicles. But Kelley Blue Book senior industry analyst Karl Brauer says he doesn't think the recalls will expand across the industry. He says manufacturers all have their own switch designs and use different suppliers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will call on Congress today to close tax loopholes and use the money on infrastructure projects. He'll issue his appeal at Washington's Key Bridge, named after Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner." The bridge is getting repairs from the Highway Trust Fund, which expires at the end of the summer if Congress doesn't act.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's former top judge has been sentenced to life in prison for corruption and money laundering. Akil Mochtar was chief of the Constitutional Court when the Corruption Eradication Commission captured him red-handed last October for accepting bribes to fix the results of two local elections.

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