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national lead

July 2nd, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Arthur could deliver dangerous rip currents to North Carolina

(CNN) - The tropical storm churning up the East Coast might be at its most dangerous Thursday, when Arthur is expected to skirt the North Carolina coast.

Arthur is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane off the state's coast on Thursday, and although the eye might not hit land, the storm could create dangerous rip currents that day along the Outer Banks and the Pamlico Sound, forecasters said.

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world lead

July 2nd, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Palestinian teen's abduction, killing intensifies tensions in Mideast

Jerusalem (CNN) - The discovery of a slain Palestinian teen in Jerusalem early Wednesday triggered clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, further inflaming tensions that spiked this week with the discovery of the three Israeli teens' bodies.

Mohammad Abu Khedair, 17, was heading from his Jerusalem home to a mosque for prayers around 4 a.m. when three men forced him into a car and drove away, his father, Hussain Abu Khedair, told CNN. His body was discovered about an hour later at a forest in the city.

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July 2nd, 2014
04:58 PM ET

Tighter security ordered for some U.S.-bound flights

(CNN) - The Obama administration is stepping up security for some flights headed to the United States from Europe and the Middle East, reflecting heightened concern that terrorists are developing more sophisticated explosives designed to avoid airport screening.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement that he has directed the Transportation Security Administration to "implement enhanced security measures in the coming days" at selected overseas airports.

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world lead

July 2nd, 2014
04:37 PM ET

U.S. military advisers assess Iraqi military

Washington (CNN) – Preliminary intelligence reports from U.S. military advisers in Iraq say the Iraqis will stand up and fight against the militant group ISIS.

"Everything that we see indicates that they will fight, that they will defend Baghdad," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

But U.S. advisers for now are not going on patrols or anywhere near Iraqi combat positions, they are staying at Iraqi headquarters around Baghdad.

"That would be like staying at the Pentagon and assessing the health of the US military just from the Pentagon. Its impossible to do that," said former Air Force intelligence officer Col. Cedric Leighton (Ret.).

So is the latest U.S. intel on Iraq any good?

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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