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3:03 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

LISTEN: What São Paulo Sounds Like When The Seleção Scores

Members of Brazil's national team celebrate after scoring their third goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Much of the stories over the past few days about the World Cup have been about how what is arguably the world's football mecca has given the every-four-year spectacle a less than enthusiastic welcome.

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1:31 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Gun Control Activists March Across The Brooklyn Bridge Demanding Action

Demonstrators raise posters as they march across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control laws on Saturday in New York.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 1:56 pm

Hundreds of activists marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, demanding reforms to the country's gun policies.

The march was organized by two groups — Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety — after a series of news-making mass shootings.

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11:55 am
Sat June 14, 2014

One Of Kenya's Legendary 'Tuskers' Is Killed By Poachers

Satao was a rare elephant with tusks so big they almost touched the ground.
Tsavo Trust

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 3:54 pm

Kenya is mourning the death of one of its legendary elephants.

Satao was known as a tusker, one of the few remaining elephants whose tusks are so big they almost touch the ground. Unfortunately, Satao faced an end many others have faced before: He was killed by poachers, who mutilated his head to remove his ivory.

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9:44 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Thousands In Iraq Offer To Fight Against Militant Offensive

Iraqi Army soldiers and volunteers chant slogans against the al-Qaida inspired group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), inside of the main army recruiting center in Baghdad on Saturday.
Karim Kadim AP

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 1:14 pm

In what some are calling a sign of potential civil war, thousands of young Iraqis heeded the call of a top Shiite cleric to help fight an offensive by a militant Sunni group.

As we've been reporting, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or the Levant, an al-Qaida offshoot also known as ISIS, has been making stunning progress in Iraq. Last week, it claimed a large part of Mosul.

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8:01 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Ukraine Promises 'Adequate Response' After Rebels Shoot Down Plane

A pro-Russian fighter guards the site of remnants of a downed Ukrainian army aircraft near Luhansk, Ukraine on Saturday.
Evgeniy Maloletka AP

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:53 pm

Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine shot down a military transport plane as it made an approach to Lugansk Airport on Saturday. All 49 people on board were killed.

The Kyiv Post reports this marks the deadliest day in the conflict between the central government in Kiev and pro-Russian rebels.

The Post adds:

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5:48 am
Sat June 14, 2014

A San Francisco 'Painted Lady' Sells For $900K Under Asking Price

Michael Shannon, 66, bought the green Queen Anne Victorian on the corner in 1975 for $65,000.
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Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:38 am

The largest and oldest house of San Francisco's seven "Painted Ladies," which anchors the corner of "Postcard Row," has finally been sold for $3.1 million, $900k below its original asking price.

The house was originally put on the market in 2010, and was removed after several price reductions. In March, it was put on the market again.

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5:24 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Afghans Head To Polls Despite Violence

An Afghan woman inks her finger during the presidential election at a polling station in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.
Rahmat Gul AP

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 1:19 pm

Afghans chose between two former government ministers in a presidential election that will be the first transfer of power by ballot in Afghanistan's history.

The winner of Saturday's balloting, as Arab News puts it, "will inherit an unfinished war and an economy in the doldrums."

Abdullah Abdullah, an ophthalmologist and former foreign minister, is the presumptive frontrunner, earning 45 percent of the vote in April's first round of voting.

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6:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

At World Cup, Patriotism Is More Than Jersey Deep

Tourists pose with a U.S. and Brazilian flag ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
Eddie Keogh Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:40 pm

On the streets of Copacabana, fans from all nations are sporting their jerseys: Lots of Colombians in bright yellow, Chileans in red, sky blue stripes for Argentina, Mexican green, the German tricolor, a trickling of Aussie yellow, and, of course, the ever-present gold and green of Brazil.

You get the feeling that many of these folks brought along just one shirt in their suitcase, to be worn from now until their team is eliminated.

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6:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Tea Party Firebrand To Challenge McCarthy For Majority Leader

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, is making a long-shot bid to replace Rep. Eric Cantor as House majority leader.
John Miller AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:18 pm

Two-term Idaho Republican Raul Labrador announced Friday that he is throwing his hat into the ring for the chance to replace outgoing Rep. Eric Cantor as House majority leader.

Labrador's candidacy ensures that Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California will not go unchallenged for the chamber's No. 2 leadership spot, which opened up on Tuesday after Cantor's stunning primary loss to Tea Party challenger David Brat.

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4:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Cliffhanger: Authorities Set Fire To House Teetering On The Brink

A house is deliberately set on fire Friday, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas.
Brandon Wade Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:02 pm

Robb and Jenyce Webb are definitely regretting the day they bought waterfront property on Lake Whitney.

They paid about $700,000 for an idyllic cliff-side home south of Fort Worth, Texas, two years ago, where they hoped to live out their retirement years. But sometime last year, their dreams began to (literally) crumble.

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4:23 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime'

Authorities say the drug operation allowed customers to pay at one location, pick up the heroin at another and be back on the expressway within minutes.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:56 pm

Authorities say they've broken up a major heroin and crack cocaine distribution ring in Chicago.

A joint federal and local task force that includes the DEA, FBI, Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies arrested and charged more than two dozen gang members who allegedly supplied a significant amount of heroin to customers coming from the city and suburbs.

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3:47 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

ISIS: An Islamist Group Too Extreme Even For Al-Qaida

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces in Mosul, Iraq, on Thursday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:26 pm

The Sunni militant group ISIS, known for its brutal tactics and harsh interpretation of Shariah law, is pushing farther into Iraq. The organization is considered so extreme that even al-Qaida leaders want nothing to do with it.

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3:06 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Man Exonerated By DNA Faces New Murder Charge

An undated photo of Andre Davis provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections before his release in July 2012 on exculpatory DNA evidence. Davis is now facing a new murder charge.
Uncredited AP

A man who spent 32 years behind bars for rape and murder before DNA evidence exonerated him in 2012 is facing a new murder charge in Chicago for allegedly cutting a man's throat.

Andre Davis is being held without bond after being charged with murder and kidnapping in the death of Jamal Harmon, 19.

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2:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ukrainian Forces Reportedly Regain Control Of Mariupol

Local residents examine destroyed vehicles at the site of fighting after Ukrainian forces recaptured the city from pro-Russian separatists on Friday.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:07 pm

Ukraine government forces appear to have wrested the eastern city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists who captured key buildings in the Sea of Azov port last month.

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12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Obama Rules Out Troops In Iraq But Says U.S. Is Weighing Other Options

President Obama ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq, saying any U.S. action must be accompanied by Iraqi political action.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 2:28 pm

Updated at 12:46 p.m. ET

President Obama has ruled out the use of ground troops in Iraq, saying any action will be "targeted and precise" but must be accompanied by political action by Iraqis to end sectarian divisions.

"We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq's security forces," Obama said from the south lawn of the White House.

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12:29 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist?

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Sepp Blatter talk prior to Thursday's World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Friedemann Vogel FIFA via Getty Images

The talk on the streets of Brazil is the host country's resounding victory over Croatia on the World Cup pitch. But online, debate is raging over whether or not chants directed against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at the stadium where she was attending yesterday's match were sexist.

After the opening ceremony, fans briefly started jeering "Hey, Dilma, go f*** yourself in the a**! Hey, FIFA, go f*** yourself in the a**!"

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9:44 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Crazy Bad Luck: It's Friday The 13th With A Full Moon

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Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:59 pm

  • Korva teaches us how to say paraskevidekatriaphobia

Today is a bad day for those with paraskevidekatriaphobia. It's also a bad day for those with selenophobia. For those with both, don't look at the calendar or the sky.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia, for those of you who haven't had a chance to Google the term (like your blogger did), is the fear of Friday the 13th. Selenophobia is the fear of the moon. Today is not only Friday the 13th, but there was also a full moon in the Eastern time zone early this morning (12:11 a.m., to be precise).

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8:22 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Dancing On A Lark: Gov. Christie Struts His Stuff On 'Tonight Show'

They're rockin' to Springsteen.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:10 pm

Some stories tell themselves — like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appearing on The Tonight Show and doing the Evolution of Dad Dancing with Jimmy Fallon.

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7:55 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Bergdahl Back In The U.S. To Continue Recovery

Bowe Bergdahl, seen on a Taliban-affiliated website sometime after his capture by Taliban militants in 2009.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:52 pm

This post was updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the U.S.

As we told you early this morning, Bergdahl, who was freed May 31 by his Taliban captors in exchange for five of the group's members in Guantanamo Bay, arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a flight from Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He will continue his treatment at the center.

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7:48 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Book News: A Q&A With IMPAC Award Winner Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a Colombian author whose works include The Sound of Things Falling and The Informers.
Hermance Triay Courtesy Riverhead

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:56 am

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

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7:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Shiite Leaders Urge Iraqis To Rise Up Against Sunni Extremists

A banner bearing a black flag used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria hangs from an overpass in Mosul, Iraq. The picture was posted Thursday on a militant Twitter account, and was authenticated by The Associated Press. Iraqi officials say ISIS militants also captured two towns in the ethnically mixed Diyalah province.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:39 am

Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

Al-Qaida-linked Sunni militants continued their march across the country, and a representative of the country's most revered Shiite cleric urged Iraqis to defend their nation, increasing the possibility of sectarian strife in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters filled the vacuum created by fleeing Iraqi forces, and pressure built on President Obama to take action in Iraq.

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9:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Texas Rep. Sessions Withdraws From Bid For Majority Leader Post

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, in a hearing of the House Rules Committee last month. Sessions withdrew his name from consideration to replace outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:52 pm

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, who had been see as a possible replacement for outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, issued a statement late Thursday saying he was pulling his name from consideration.

"After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my colleagues, I have made the decision to not continue my run for House Majority Leader," Sessions said in a statement quoted by Politico.

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7:57 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Supreme Court: Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Bankruptcy

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 8:19 pm

The Supreme Court has ruled that individual retirement accounts (IRAs) that Americans inherit are not protected in bankruptcy proceedings.

When Heidi Heffron-Clark declared bankruptcy in October 2010, she and her husband claimed the IRA she inherited from her mother — then worth $300,000 — qualified as "retirement funds," meaning the couple could not be required to use it to pay debts they owed creditors.

But an inherited IRA differs in big ways from the type of IRA someone builds over the course of a working lifetime.

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6:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

More Brutal Killings Of Women In Northern India

Police investigate the crime scene, after a teenage girl was murdered and found hanging from a tree on Thursday in Moradabad, India.
Barcroft Media /Landov

Last month, we reported on the horrific story of two teenage sisters who were allegedly gang-raped and then murdered in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree.

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