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Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U. S. -led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country. Control over the two powerful security portfolios has long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the candidates marked a...

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