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June 30, 2014

10 things to know for today

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

1. OBAMA PICKS VA CHIEF

If confirmed by the Senate, Robert McDonald, a former Proctor & Gamble executive, would succeed Eric Shinseki, who quit last month as head of the struggling agency.

2. ISLAMIC STATE DECLARED

The vast territory straddling Syria and Iraq that has been seized by an al-Qaida splinter group will be established as a state, the group announces.

3. REPORT SAYS PISTORIUS WAS NOT MENTALLY ILL WHEN HE SHOT GIRLFRIEND

The murder trial of the former Olympic athlete resumes in Pretoria after he underwent psychiatric examinations for a month.

4. PAKISTAN LAUNCHES GROUND OFFENSIVE AGAINST TALIBAN

After evacuating half a million civilians, the army began its long-awaited operation in North Waziristan, the sanctuary for terrorist groups.

5. OPERATOR OF SUNKEN KOREAN FERRY HAS QUESTIONABLE SAFETY RECORD

The company was responsible for five earlier crashes which should have been enough for regulators to suspend its license.

6. BELGIUM BRINGS TOUGH DEFENSE TO CLASH WITH U.S. ON TUESDAY

So far, the Belgians haven't conceded one goal in open play at this World Cup.

7. WHO RARELY GETS FIRED

House and Senate lawmakers may be wildly unpopular, but more than halfway through the party primaries, the score is incumbents 291, challengers 2.

8. WHY VROOM! MIGHT BECOME SOUND OF THE PAST

More manufacturers — even Harley-Davidson — are making or planning to make electric motorcycles.

9. WHOSE BOOK WON'T BE SOLD IN CHINA

A Chinese book importer is scrapping plans to distribute Hillary Clinton's State Department memoir, "Hard Choices," because it found some of its content sensitive.

10. UKRAINE WITHDRAWS FROM BIDDING FOR 2022 WINTER GAMES

Three cities--Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan--are now vying to host the games that no one seems to want.

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  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of tactics

    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

    July 31, 2014

  • Rodden, Danny.jpg Indiana sheriff accused of lying about relationship with prostitute

    The sheriff of Clark County, Ind., faces an eight-count federal indictment that accuses him of lying about paying a prostitute for a sex act and giving her a badge so that she could claim a discount rate at a hotel.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140727-AMX-GUNS271.jpg Beretta, other gun makers heading to friendlier states

    In moving south and taking 160 jobs with it, Beretta joins several other prominent gunmakers abandoning liberal states that passed tough gun laws after the Newtown shooting.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fast food comes to standstill in China

    The shortage of meat is the result of China's latest food scandal, in which a Shanghai supplier allegedly tackled the problem of expired meat by putting it in new packaging and shipping it to fast-food restaurants around the country

    July 29, 2014

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

     

    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

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