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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some newly-released emails suggest that Lois Lerner didn't think much of some right-wing Republicans. Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. The head of a House panel today released the emails -- including one in which Lerner calls some conservative Republicans "crazies" -- and another in which she uses a word that the committee redacted to read "blank-holes." Congress and the Justice Department are looking into whether the IRS improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has begun debating a measure that would authorize a lawsuit against President Barack Obama -- with Democrats labeling it a political charade. The suit would accuse Obama of violating the Constitution by exceeding his executive powers. On the House floor, Republican Doug Lamborn of Colorado said, "We will do whatever it takes to hold him and future occupants of the Oval Office accountable." Obama himself told a crowd in Kansas City today that the suit is a "political stunt" at taxpayer expense. He said Republicans should "stop just hating all the time" -- and that they only have a few more years before they "can be mad at the next president."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is condemning the shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians. Gaza officials say Israel shelled the school, killing 15 and wounding 90. The Israeli military said it fired back after soldiers were targeted by mortar rounds launched from the vicinity of the school. A White House spokeswoman says the U.S. is "extremely concerned" that thousands of Palestinians aren't safe in U.N.-designated shelters in Gaza.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokesman for UCLA says more than 700 vehicles were in underground garages flooded by a broken water main yesterday, and about half were totally submerged. That's just part of the damage that occurred when a nearly century-old pipeline burst under Sunset Boulevard and spewed an estimated 8 million gallons of water onto the campus. UCLA says six facilities were damaged by the flood, including Pauley Pavilion, the famed basketball arena.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews are working to keep a blaze in California's Yosemite (yoh-SEHM'-ih-tee) National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees. A park spokesman says there's no imminent threat to the trees. The fire is about 10 miles away, and crews were reinforcing old containment lines. About 50 homes remain under evacuation orders. The fire, which began on Saturday, has burned through more than five square miles. It's more than one-third contained.

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