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June 16, 2014

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UNITED STATES-IRAQ

WASHINGTON — Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad is bolstered and some staff members are being moved out of Iraq’s capital city as it was threatened by the advance of by an al-Qaida inspired insurgency, a State Department spokeswoman says. By Kimberly Hefling. AP Photos.

OBAMA ON VACATION

RANCHO MIRAGE, California — It’s perhaps appropriate that President Barack Obama is vacationing this weekend in California, where the state flag features a roaming grizzly. The restless president, who has compared himself to a caged animal on recent wanderings by declaring the “bear is loose,” took a long Father’s Day weekend away with his wife and older daughter. By Nedra Pickler. AP Photos.

BIDEN-LATIN AMERICA

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden will highlight the plight of unaccompanied minors trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in a visit to Guatemala. Senior administration officials announce that Biden is adding that stop to a previously announced trip to Brazil, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

COLOMBIA-ELECTION

BOGOTA, Colombia — President Juan Manuel Santos bills his re-election as a ringing endorsement of peace talks he is pursuing to end Colombia’s long-running conflict. But many voters had a different priority: Keep Alvaro Uribe from returning to power. By Frank Bajak. AP Photos.

GAY MARRIAGE FOES

For foes of same-sex marriage in the U.S., their losing streak keeps growing. Some sense a lost cause, others vow to fight on. On Election Day in 2012, they went 0-for-4 on state ballot measures. A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages. And over the past seven months, more than a dozen federal and state judges have struck down part or all of state-level bans on gay marriage, with no rulings going the other way. By David Crary. AP Photos.

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attack say the FBI has questioned more people who work as support staff on their legal teams than previously disclosed, a development that may prompt a new detour in an already snarled case when the war crimes tribunal reconvenes Monday. By Ben Fox. AP Photo.

REPUBLICAN TURMOIL

WASHINGTON — Republicans, including the vanquished House majority leader himself, consider Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary loss last week to a little-known tea party challenger and what it means for the party heading forward. The monumental rejection of House Republicans’ No. 2 lawmaker in a primary election in his Virginia district leaves many in Washington stunned and searching for a way to prevent another upset. By Philip Elliott. AP Photos.

DEEP THROAT GARAGE

ARLINGTON, Virginia — A Virginia county votes to demolish a building and parking garage that houses one of the most historic journalism sites of the past 50 years. The Washington Post reports the Arlington County Board voted unanimously to allow for demolition of the parking garage where FBI official Mark Felt met secretly with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate investigation. Felt was known for decades only as “Deep Throat.”

SUPREME COURT-WHAT’S LEFT?

WASHINGTON — It’s crunch time at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks. The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people under arrest are among the significant issues that are so far unresolved. By Mark Sherman. AP Photos.

OBAMA-HOW WARS END

WASHINGTON — From the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama outlined a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said confidently, “This is how wars end in the 21st century.” But less than three weeks after his May 27 announcement, there is a sudden burst of uncertainty surrounding the way Obama has moved to bring the two conflicts he inherited to a close. By Julie Pace. AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

OBIT-CASEY KASEM

LOS ANGELES — Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio host with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, has died at 82. By Anthony Mccartney. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

WCUP-BRAZIL-PROTESTS

RIO DE JANEIRO — A police officer can be seen on an Associated Press video firing what appears to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters Sunday near Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana soccer stadium. By Bradley Brooks and Raul Gallego Abellan. AP Photos. AP Video.

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