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Law enforcement officers surround a shooting suspect Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. After hours of waiting and negotiations, the man, suspect in the slayings of six people, including four children, emerged from his car, raised his hands and sank to his knees as deputies placed him under arrest. No identity has been released. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)Suspect in Texas shooting Wednesday that left four children dead ID'd: Ronald Lee Haskell.


2014-07-10 08:57:53 -0600

Sen. McCain reads the restrictions for visitors to immigration centersWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed Obama administration policies Thursday for the sudden arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the southern border and said the president's emergency spending request amounted to more of the same.


2014-07-10 09:35:41 -0600

Iraqi security forces stand guard at the entrance to Basra on July 10, 2014Iraq's Kurds said Thursday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was "hysterical" and not fit to run the country, further dimming the prospect of a new leadership uniting to face jihadist fighters. The worsening political discord comes three days ahead of a planned parliamentary session meant to revive the process of replacing what has effectively been a caretaker government since April elections. Maliki "has become hysterical and has lost his balance", a statement from the office of Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani said, reacting to accusations by the prime minister a day earlier that his administration was harbouring militants. Maliki has accused Barzani of exploiting the chaos created by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group's military offensive, but the Kurdish president said the security collapse was of the premier's own making.


2014-07-10 10:02:02 -0600