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June 23, 2014

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CHICAGO — Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. KERRY IN BAGHDAD AS ISLAMIC MILITANT SURGE IN IRAQ RATTLES REGION

Neighboring countries like Jordan and Lebanon spring to action, fearing al-Qaida breakaway groups may set their sights on them next.

2. EGYPT SENTENCES JOURNALISTS TO 7 YEARS IN PRISON

The three reporters who work for Al-Jazeera's English channel are convicted of terrorism-related charges in a case that drew criticism of the state of media freedom in the Arab Spring country.

3. WHO NEEDS MORE ATTENTION AT BELEAGUERED VA

The rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan do not always receive adequate care at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, an AP review finds.

4. AFTER DECADES OF SIPHONING JOBS FROM U.S., CHINA BRINGS SOME HERE

Henan's Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group opens a plant that will employ more than 300 in Pine Hill, Alabama. And what's happening in Pine Hill is starting to happen across America.

5. MARYLAND GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR WHITE HOUSE

Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is weighing a presidential bid in 2016, could benefit from a win for his Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown who is running to succeed him in the heavily-Democratic state.

6. HOW THE U.S. CAN ADVANCE TO WORLD CUP'S SECOND ROUND

After a suspenseful 2-2 game with Portugal, the American team would qualify with a win or draw with Germany on Thursday. If they lose, they could still make it on goal differentials vs. Ghana and the Portuguese.

7. MASS. MAYOR SAYS NO TO HUDDLED MASSES

Joining counterparts in New Hampshire and Maine, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno asks the State Department to stop refugee resettlement in his city because its resources are already strained. But hard examples and evidence for the mayor's stance are scant.

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  • Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

    Medicare's finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year's estimate.

    July 28, 2014

  • After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

    July 28, 2014

  • Brother sues W.Va. senator over business loan

    U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III faces a $1.7 million civil suit filed by a brother over a lifeline to save a family carpet business.

    July 25, 2014

  • Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

    A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at the suburban medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

    July 25, 2014

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    July 25, 2014

  • Illinois woman, 47, dies rescuing boy in Wisc. lake ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Friends and family are mourning the death of an Illinois woman who drowned while rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake.The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports 47-year-old Karen Wessel of Arlington Heights d

    July 25, 2014

  • Taiwan plane crash photo Air travel a leap of faith for passengers WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel.Even after a week of multiple tragedies in worldwide aviation, “There

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  • Arizona's prolonged lethal injection is fourth in U.S. this year

    Arizona's execution of double-murderer Joseph Wood marked the fourth time this year that a state failed to dispatch a convict efficiently, according to the Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal group.3

    July 24, 2014

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    July 24, 2014

  • U.S. economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier WASHINGTON (AP) — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the fi

    July 24, 2014

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