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July 2, 2013

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NSA-SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, believed to be in legal limbo in the Moscow airport, is expanding his requests for asylum to another 19 countries, including China, according to WikiLeaks. By Tom Raum.

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CHURCH ABUSE-MILWAUKEE

MILWAUKEE — Newly released documents show the cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York, in his former job, repeatedly warned the Vatican office responsible for handling clergy sex abuse of the potential for scandal in Milwaukee and urged it to defrock abusive priests.

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MANNING-WIKILEAKS

FORT MEADE, Maryland — Prosecutors say they are close to the end of their case in the court-martial of an Army private who leaked mountains of classified information to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. They called what they said was their last witness on Monday. The court-martial will resume Tuesday. By David Disnheau.

FORT HOOD SHOOTING

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will finally enter a plea. Maj. Nidal Hasan is expected to plead not guilty Tuesday, a week before jury selection begins in his court-martial. Hasan faces execution or life without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the massacre on the Texas Army post.

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FIREFIGHTERS KILLED

PRESCOTT, Arizona — A team of elite firefighters trapped by a raging wildfire unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves on the ground. It was a last, desperate line of defense that couldn’t save the “Hotshot” crew from the flames that swept over them. All 19 men died, marking the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years. By Felicia Fonseca and Hannah Dreier.

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RUSSIA-GAYS

As the hub of the Soviet Union, Russia was reviled for rights abuses by many U.S. conservatives during the Cold War. Now, some are voicing support and admiration as Russian authorities crack down on gay-rights activism. By David Crary.

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GUANTANAMO-HUNGER STRIKE

MIAMI — Prisoners at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are asking a federal court to halt the force-feeding that is intended to prevent prisoners from starving to death during a hunger strike that has dragged on for more than four months. By Ben Fox.

CHILE-BARRICK MINE

SANTIAGO, Chile — A Chilean judge visits Barrick Gold Corp’s Pascua Lama mine to review the suspended project before he rules on whether construction can resume at the world’s highest-altitude gold mine. By Luis Andres Henao.

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BRAZIL-PROTESTS

SAO PAULO — Cristiano Gulias took a deep drag from his mini cigar and did the unthinkable: he started a political discussion in a coffee shop the morning after Brazil’s national soccer team won a major championship. The rapid politicization of Brazilians following a wave of protests over the past two weeks has posed a challenge to President Dilma Rousseff. After a delay, analysts say the president has started responding to the protesters’ demands, at least temporarily taking the fire out of the movement. By Bradley Brooks.

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BUSINESS:

KPMG-INSIDER TRADING

LOS ANGELES — A former partner at the giant accounting firm KPMG LLC pleads guilty to a securities fraud charge that authorities said involved providing insider information to a friend who plied him with cash, a Rolex watch and other luxury items. By Linda Deutsch.

SPORTS:

CUBA-MLB ON TV

HAVANA — Cubans got to watch something on their television screens this week that this baseball-crazed island hasn’t seen in more than half a century: a Major League Baseball game broadcast in its entirety on the open airwaves. By Anne-Marie Garcia.

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