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June 3, 2014

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OBAMA-GLOBAL WARMING

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama introduces a politically charged plan to order big and lasting cuts in the pollution discharged by America’s power plants. But the plan, though ambitious in scope, wouldn’t be fully realized until long after Obama’s successor took office and would generate only modest progress worldwide. By Dina Cappiello and Adam Beam. AP Photos.

With: OBAMA-GLOBAL WARMING-WINNERS AND LOSERS.

OBAMA-EUROPE

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is highlighting democratic achievements of the past as an example for Ukraine’s future and a warning to Russia against getting in the way as he begins a four-day European visit. Obama plans to bookend the three-country swing with two speeches marking historic anniversaries — 25 years since Poland emerged from communism and 70 years since the D-Day invasion of Europe. He’ll also get his first chance to meet Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko and will encounter Russian President Vladimir Putin at Normandy, although the White House says no formal meeting is planned between the two as they remain embroiled in dispute over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. AP Photos.

CAPTURED SOLDIER

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend. By Ken Dilanian and Deb Riechmann. AP Photos.

CAPTURED SOLDIER-QATAR

Right up until the moment Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed, U.S. officials weren’t sure the Taliban would really release the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan in exchange for high-level militants detained at Guantanamo Bay. It was touch and go. But then came the call at 5:12 p.m. Saturday on a secure phone line at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar. U.S. negotiators learned that Bergdahl, a 28-year-old from Hailey, Idaho, held by the Taliban for nearly five years, was aboard a Delta Force helicopter bound for a U.S. base north of Kabul. By Deb Riechmann. AP Photos.

CUBA-ESPIONAGE

HAVANA — The exchange of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo for a U.S. Army soldier held captive in Afghanistan could set a precedent for a similar swap with Cuba, a Cuban intelligence agent who spent years imprisoned in the United States says. By Andrea Rodriguez. AP Photos.

US-CHINA CYBERSPYING

In the two weeks since the Obama administration, with fanfare, accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets, they have yet to be placed on Interpol’s public listing of international fugitives, and there is no evidence that China would even entertain a formal request by the U.S. to extradite them. By Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker.

PRIMARY ROUNDUP

JACKSON, Mississippi — Six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran campaigns with leading figures of Mississippi’s Republican establishment and casts himself as a reliable opponent of President Barack Obama on the eve of a primary showdown with a conservative rival.

UNITED STATES-MIDEAST-PALESTINIANS

WASHINGTON — The West is prepared to work with a new Palestinian government, U.S. and European Union officials said Monday, despite Israeli concerns it gives power and influence to the radical Hamas movement. By Matthew Lee and Lara Jakes. AP Photos.

SUPREME COURT-CIA LEAK

WASHINGTON — A newspaper reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid Monday to get the Supreme Court to clarify whether journalists have a right to protect their confidential sources. By Mark Sherman. AP Photo.

EUROPEAN HACKERS

WASHINGTON — A band of hackers implanted viruses on computers around the world, seized customer bank information and stole more than $100 million from businesses and consumers, the U.S. Justice Department says in announcing charges against the Russian man accused of masterminding the effort. By Joe Mandak and Eric Tucker.

IMMIGRATION-MIGRANT CHILDREN

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama describes a surge in unaccompanied immigrant children caught trying to cross the Mexican border as an “urgent humanitarian situation,” as the White House asks Congress for an extra $1.4 billion in federal money to cope. Obama says the U.S. will temporarily house the children at two military bases. By Alicia A. Caldwell and Christopher Sherman.

TERROR PLOT-ARREST

ROCHESTER, New York — A New York business owner from Yemen plotted vengeance attacks against members of the U.S. military for American actions overseas and Shiite Muslims over the civil war in Syria, according to federal authorities. AP Photo.

PERU-DRUGS

LIMA, Peru — Peru’s president is indefinitely postponing plans to forcibly eradicate coca fields in the world’s top cocaine-producing valley. By Franklin Briceno. AP Photo.

URUGUAY-MARIJUANA

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — The biggest threat to Uruguay’s new legal marijuana market has lost his party’s presidential nomination as party primary elections choose only candidates who back keeping a regulated marketplace for pot. By Leonardo Haberkorn. AP Photo.

MILWAUKEE ARCHDIOCESE-BANKRUPTCY

CHICAGO — Federal appeals court judges question the bankrupt Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s claim that it needs all the money in a $55 million trust fund to maintain its cemeteries and asks whether some could be used to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse without violating the Catholic faith. By M.L. Johnson. AP Photo.

With: MILWAUKEE ARCHDIOCESE-BANKRUPTCY-5 THINGS TO KNOW.

CANCER-IMMUNOTHERAPY

CHICAGO — Doctors are reporting their first success using immune therapy against cervical cancer, a disease caused by the virus HPV. In a pilot study at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, the tumors of two out of nine women completely disappeared and those women remain cancer-free more than a year later, doctors reported at a conference in Chicago on Monday. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. AP Photos.

BUSINESS:

WALL STREET

NEW YORK — Stocks closed mostly higher on a quiet Monday following two reports that showed the manufacturing industries of the world’s two largest economies expanded last month. By Markets Writer Ken Sweet. AP Photos.

APPLE-CONFERENCE

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people’s increasingly digital lives. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. AP Photos.

IRS-FOREIGN BANKS

WASHINGTON — It will soon get a lot harder to use overseas accounts to hide income and assets from the U.S. tax collectors. More than 77,000 foreign banks, investment funds and other financial institutions have agreed to share information about U.S. account holders with the Internal Revenue Service as part of a crackdown on offshore tax evasion, the Treasury Department announces. By Stephen Ohlemacher.

ECONOMY-MANUFACTURING

WASHINGTON — The Institute for Supply Management twice corrected its May manufacturing index on Monday to show that factories grew at a strong pace during the month. The original report said that manufacturers had expanded at a weaker pace. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.

With: CONSTRUCTION SPENDING.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

MUSIC-MIRANDA LAMBERT

Miranda Lambert’s wild ride over the last two years is all over her sprawling new album, “Platinum.” The 30-year-old bares her life in a lot of ways on songs that examine the darker aspects of celebrity, and she shows that the tabloids have been getting everything wrong. By Music Writer Chris Talbott. AP Photos.

MUSIC-LUCY HALE

BURBANK, California — Lucy Hale’s fans may be clamoring to know whom she’s singing about in her upbeat “Kiss Me” or her breakup anthem “Goodbye Gone,” but the 24-year-old actress isn’t spilling all her secrets in her debut album. By Nicole Evatt. AP Photos. AP Video.

CUBA-WOMEN DRUMMERS

HAVANA — It wasn’t that long ago that Cuba’s rich percussion scene was essentially a boys’ club, dominated by men due to macho attitudes and religious tradition. But the island is seeing a boom in female percussionists, including the first all-women group, Obini Bata, who were the first to break the taboo. By Andrea Rodriguez. AP Photos.

JOHN GREEN

NEW YORK — When “The Fault in Our Stars” landed on bookshelves more than two years ago, John Green’s enthusiasm was nonexistent for a screen version of his life, love, death story featuring teens with cancer. “I just felt like it was going to be impossible for Hollywood to make a movie that didn’t romanticize the story, that didn’t present it in a gauzy sentimentalized way,” he said. Well, hello 2014 and Monday’s highly anticipated premiere of TFIOS, the movie. It’s the first of Green’s popular books to go Hollywood after he was won over by the script’s dedication to his characters. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos.

BRAD PITT-ACCOSTED

LOS ANGELES — The former Ukrainian television reporter who was arrested after jostling with Brad Pitt at a film premiere last week said Monday he was merely trying to give the actor a hug and didn’t mean him any harm. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. AP Photos.

FASHION-CFDA AWARDS

NEW YORK — Fashion rules are made to be broken, Rihanna tells a glittering crowd of fashion industry leaders, and her outfit dramatically conveyed that message: a sheer fishnet gown, sparkling with thousands of embedded crystals, that left little underneath to the imagination. The singer cemented her role as a fashion luminary by receiving the 2014 Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Her trophy was presented by Anna Wintour, the powerful Vogue editor, who said that with Rihanna, “the point is to be audacious — even jaw-dropping or button-pushing.” By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photos.

FIRST LADY FASHION-WHO PAYS?

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama’s fashionable clothing has become something of a given in her five-plus years as first lady. Yet her wardrobe still is the subject of endless public fascination and one long-simmering question: Who pays for those incredible outfits? It’s no small matter. Her high-low fashion choices mix everyday, off-the-rack fare with custom creations from top designers whose gowns can run into five figures. By Nancy Benac. AP Photos.

With: FIRST LADY FASHION-SEVEN STRATEGIES.

SPORTS:

BALLMER-BASKETBALL

LOS ANGELES — For decades, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was the technology giant’s biggest cheerleader. His booming voice and energetic high-fives are famous around Seattle. Now that he’s agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, Ballmer is expected to bring that boosterism to the hardwood down south. By Ryan Nakashima. AP Photos.

NEW

WORLD CUP-TATTOOED FANS-PHOTO GALLERY

RIO DE JANEIRO — The fanatic passion some Brazilian soccer fans feel for their favorite teams really gets under their skin — in the case of Delneri Viana, 83 times and counting. The 69-year-old retiree has that many tattoos extolling his love for Botafogo. With photo gallery by Felipe Dana.

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