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Iraqi Kurdish leader urges independence referendum

Turkish truck drivers kidnapped by militants in northern Iraq get on board an airplane at an airport in Irbil, north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Militants released the 32 Turkish truck drivers who were captured when the extremists overran the city of Mosul....

Guilty Plea By Ohio Pancake House In $3M Scheme

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The operator of six IHOP restaurants in Ohio and one in Indiana has pleaded guilty to what the government called a scheme with the help of some employees to hide profits from IHOP’s parent company. Investigators said the plan involved hiring illegal...
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Unfinished overpass in World Cup plan falls; 2 die

A policeman looks at a car crushed underneath a collapsed bridge in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in the Brazilian World Cup host city. The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which was part...

Texas gov testifies on child immigration crisis

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The tens of thousands of Central American children entering the U.S. illegally is both a humanitarian crisis and a national security one, Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified Thursday at a congressional field hearing in South Texas. More than 52,000...
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California wildfires grow in north, south

In this still frame from video provided by KNSD-TV, flames near a home as crews scrambled to corral a wildfire that burned two homes near the San Diego County mountain town of Julian in Southern California Thursday, July 3, 2014. The blaze erupted around 10:30 a.m. and prompted...
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AP Source: Cavaliers meet with agent for James

Miami Heat forward LeBron James responds to a question during a media availability for the NBA basketball finals on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in San Antonio. Miami plays Game 5 against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Miami Heat forward LeBron James...

4 Charged In Popular Restaurant Owner’s Killing

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Four men have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a popular northeastern Ohio restaurant owner. Police in Cleveland Heights in suburban Cleveland say Brennan’s Colony owner Jim Brennan was shot during an attempted robbery at...
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California wildfires grow in north, south

Private hire helicopters make water drops on the Butts Fire above Snell Valley as the afternoon winds kicked up, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, near Middletown, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter) Private hire helicopters make water drops on the Butts Fire above...
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Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

Nicole Specht, and and Ryan Witman, pack their Honda CRV heading back home to Lancaster Pa., before dawn on Thursday, July 3, 2014, during a mandatory evacuation, in Rodanthe, N.C. Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing...
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Unfinished overpass in World Cup project collapses

A policeman looks at a car crushed underneath a collapsed bridge in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in the Brazilian World Cup host city. The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which was part...