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Congress may reconsider funding for Iraq factions...Kerry reaches out to Israelis...No record open for 'Avengers' sequel



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Congress may reconsider a provision in an upcoming bill that would send weapons to Arab Sunnis and Kurds. That's according to Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, who is visiting Baghdad. Iraq's Shiite-dominated government opposes the provision, and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (mook-TAH'-duh ahl SAH'-dur) has threatened to attack U.S. interests if it passes. The provision was added to a bill funding the training of the Iraqi army out of concern that the Iraqi government is keeping weapons from Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is reaching out to Israelis in an attempt to pacify critics of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. In an interview with Israel's Channel 10 television station broadcast today, Kerry said that President Barack Obama has "absolutely pledged" that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the harshest critics the U.S.-led framework deal with Iran, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for scaling back its contested nuclear program. Kerry says there's "a lot of hysteria about this deal."

DACHAU, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau (DAH'-khow) concentration camp along with survivors and some of the U.S. soldiers who were there at the time. Dachau was liberated by U.S. troops on April 29, 1945. The camp near Munich was the first concentration camp set up by the Nazis after Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. More than 200,000 people from across Europe were held there and over 40,000 prisoners died there.

NEW YORK (AP) — A man suspected of shooting a New York City police officer in the head is expected to be arraigned today. The Queens district attorney's office says Demetrius Blackwell is expected to be arraigned this afternoon on charges including two counts of attempted murder of a police officer. Blackwell was arrested last night in the shooting of officer Brian Moore, who is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "Avengers" sequel has failed to top the record opening weekend of the first film. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" grossed a staggering $187.7 million in its first three days in theaters, according to Disney estimates. But that's a far cry from the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012. "Ultron" was the only new film in wide release this weekend, but it had some significant small-screen competition, including the Kentucky Derby, the NBA playoffs, and the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao (PAK'-ee-ow) fight.

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