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4:35 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 will monitor carbon dioxide emissions.
jhoward NASA/JPL

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:27 pm

NASA is preparing to launch a satellite capable of monitoring carbon dioxide emissions from space. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will be the first U.S. spacecraft dedicated to seeing the greenhouse gas from orbit, and could pave the way for new technology to enforce future global warming treaties.

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3:13 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama Says He Will Use Executive Action To Address Immigration System

President Obama said he will move some immigration enforcement assets from the interior of the country to the border, part of his effort to fix the immigration system.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 4:08 pm

President Obama says he is going to use executive action to deal with what he says is a broken immigration system.

"While I will continue to push Republicans to drop excuses and act," Obama said, "Americans cannot wait forever for them to act."

Obama made the announcement at the White House Rose Garden on Monday. He said he will begin "a new effort to fix the immigration system on my own, without Congress."

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2:04 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Altidore Will Be Ready For Belgium, U.S. Soccer Says

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore (left) works out with Fabian Johnson (center) and Jermaine Jones during a World Cup training session in Salvador, Brazil, Monday. The U.S. says Altidore is fit to play against Belgium in their elimination matchup Tuesday.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 3:31 pm

American forward Jozy Altidore, who missed the U.S. team's last two World Cup games with a strained hamstring, is "ready and available" to play against Belgium tomorrow, U.S. Soccer has announced.

The elimination game will start at 4 p.m. EDT. Tuesday; it'll be on ESPN and Univision.

Altidore is hoping to return from the injury that took him out of America's opening win over Ghana two weeks ago. In his absence, the team tied Portugal and lost to Germany, 1-0.

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1:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Israel Says Bodies Of 3 Students Have Been Recovered

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:38 pm

Israeli officials say they have found the bodies of three teens captured earlier this month.

Yeshiva students Gil-Ad Shaer,16, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were kidnapped late at night on June 12 from a hitchhiking point in Gush Etzion. Fraenkel is a dual Israeli-American citizen.

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1:47 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting Rival At World Cup

Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during last week's World Cup match between Italy and Uruguay in Brazil. FIFA has banned Suarez for nine games and four months over the incident.
Ricardo Mazalan AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:37 pm

Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET

Controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez apologized Monday for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in last week's World Cup soccer game between their two countries.

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12:36 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Details Of GM Recall Compensation Plan Released

GM has released details about its compensation fund for victims of a fatal safety flaw in its ignition switches. The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of several GM models that were recalled over the flaw.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:38 pm

A fund established by GM to pay claims related to defective ignition switches won't limit claim amounts and will include people who have already settled a case with the carmaker. Those and other details about the long-awaited compensation plan were announced by plan administrator Kenneth Feinberg on Monday.

"GM basically has said, whatever it costs to pay all eligible claims under the protocol, they will pay it," Feinberg said.

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11:51 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Book News: Irish Writer Dermot Healy Dies

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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10:32 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:54 pm

The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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10:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Against Union Fees For Some Home Care Workers

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:40 am

Updated at 10:48 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some public employees cannot be required to contribute to unions.

In a 5-4 ruling split along ideological lines, the court recognized a category of "partial public employees" who cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees. The court said the current practice, which permits automatic deductions, violates the First Amendment rights of those nonmembers who disagree with the union's positions.

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9:34 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Emergency Slide Deploys Inside U.S. Jetliner, Forcing A Landing

A United Airlines flight was disrupted last night after an inflatable emergency slide deployed, popping open in the aircraft's cabin. While the jet's emergency's door remained closed, pilots of the Boeing 737 quickly made an emergency landing in Wichita, Kansas.

The flight's passengers included former University of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, who tweeted his view from inside the cabin, along with the message, "Thankful to be safe."

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8:03 am
Mon June 30, 2014

2 American Men Likely To Face Trial In North Korea

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:17 pm

Two Americans who entered North Korea this spring could be headed for trial there, as they're accused of "hostile acts against the country," according to state media. A trial date for the two, who were traveling separately, hasn't been announced.

From Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports:

"Matthew Miller, 24, entered North Korea as a tourist in early April. State media there said he ripped up his tourist visa and demanded asylum.

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7:24 am
Mon June 30, 2014

ISIS Declares Caliphate As Iraq Fights To Retake Tikrit

Displaced Iraqi citizens receive meals to break their Ramadan fast from a Kurdish charity group. Iraq's central government has launched its first major operation against the ISIS insurgent group.
Hussein Malla AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:58 am

Extremist Sunni group ISIS has announced a plan to rule the territory it has carved out of Iraq and Syria in recent months, in a declaration that touches on public services, salaries and compensation for damages from the violence.

The plan was unveiled as Iraq's central Shiite government tries to retake the city of Tikrit, in its first major operation against the insurgents.

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7:31 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Costa Rica Advances To First World Cup Quarterfinal

Yeltsin Tejeda of Costa Rica holds up his country's flag in celebration with his teammates after defeating Greece in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match on Sunday.
Jeff Gross Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 8:25 pm

Costa Rica will advance to its first World Cup quarterfinal after winning a 5-3 shootout against Greece on Sunday.

And they did it with only 10 men for most of the second half.

After Costa Rica took the lead early in the second half, defender Oscar Duarte was sent off with a red card in the 66th minute, leaving Greece with a player advantage.

Greece finally made use of it with a late-game goal from Sokratis Papastathopoulos during injury time, sending the game into extra time at 1-1.

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4:29 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Obama To Nominate Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Head VA

Former Procter & Gamble chief executive Robert A. McDonald speaking at the company's annual shareholders meeting, in Cincinnati in 2011.
Al Behrman AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 4:54 pm

President Obama on Monday will nominate Robert McDonald, the former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a White House official.

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3:08 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Sunni Extremist Group ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate

The official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claims this picture shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 4:20 pm

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group that's been leading an insurgency in Iraq, made a bold statement today: The organization's Shura Council has declared a new caliphate, and the organization's extremist leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new caliph.

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1:32 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Poll Garners More Than 780,000 Votes

People queue at a polling center to vote in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Vincent Yu AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:16 pm

An unofficial referendum demanding democratic reforms in Hong Kong has garnered more than 780,000 votes over the course of 10 days.

As Reuters reports, the referendum was "branded illegal by local and mainland Chinese authorities." The wire service explains:

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10:30 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Obama Administration Seeks Change In Law To Speed Deportations

Children detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:33 pm

President Obama will ask Congress for about $2 billion in emergency funds and for a change in the law in an effort to stem the tide of Central American immigrants flooding the Southern border, according to a White House official.

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8:22 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Iraqi Military Launches Offensive Against Insurgents In Tikrit

The Iraqi prime minister's security spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassem Atta, holds a press conference on Saturday in Baghdad. The government is launching an offensive against insurgents in the northern city of Tikrit.
Ahmad al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:27 pm

The Iraqi government launched a heavy offensive on Tikrit, the hometown of the late dictator Saddam Hussein and one of the early wins by the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The Associated Press reports the Iraqi government moved in on Saturday with ground troops, tanks and helicopters. The wire service adds:

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4:43 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Facebook Scientists Alter News Feeds, Find Emotions Are Affected By It

A man poses for photographs in front of the Facebook sign on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 1:39 pm

For one week back in 2012, Facebook scientists altered what appeared on the News Feed of more than 600,000 users. One group got mostly positive items; the other got mostly negative items.

Scientists then monitored the posts of those people and found that they were more negative if they received the negative News Feed and more positive if they received positive items.

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3:08 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

On Penalties, Brazil Pulls Off A Hard-Fought Win Against Chile

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout after extra time in the Round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:30 pm

After more than 120 minutes of play, Brazil's World Cup run came down to penalty kicks on Saturday.

Remember, we've moved on to the knock-out round, so a win means a team moves on; a loss means they go home.

Like the game that preceded, the penalty shootout was heart-stopping and thrilling, with Brazilian goal keeper Julio Cesar stopping Chile's first two kicks, only to have Chile come back and tie the penalty kicks at 2-2.

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1:53 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Dallas County Agrees To Take In About 1,000 Immigrant Children

A child deported from the United State poses for photo in front of a map of Guatemala City at an immigration shelter in Guatemala City on June 19.
Luis Soto AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 5:34 pm

Calling the situation a "humanitarian crisis," County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas County is prepared to house more than 1,000 immigrant children.

"I believe that every child is precious, and that regardless of your stance on immigration or the causes for this human tragedy, we cannot turn our back on the children that are already here," Jenkins said while speaking at the Texas Democratic Convention on Saturday.

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11:47 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Following High Court Decision, Aereo Suspends Operations

Aereo, a Web service that provides television shows online, lost a Supreme Court case Wednesday, as the justices ruled it violates copyright law.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, has decided to suspend its operation.

The decision comes a few days after the Supreme Court handed the company a major loss by ruling that, like cable companies, it was performing the work of television networks publicly.

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10:29 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Suspect In Benghazi Attacks Now On U.S. Soil, Pleads Not Guilty

This undated image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 4:19 pm

(This post was last updated at 3:55 p.m. ET.)

Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan man the United States says played a key role on the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, is now on American soil.

In a short appearance at the federal court house in Washington, D.C., Khattala pleaded not guilty to a single count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists.

NPR's Carrie Johnson is at the court house and reports:

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9:11 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Report Blames 'Corrosive Culture' For Problems In VA System

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 11:29 am

A White House investigation into the problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country found that "there are significant and chronic systematic failures" that need to be addressed.

NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit that the report was delivered to President Obama on Friday. Scott filed this report:

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