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Posted on June 29, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 29 at 5:00 AM

The world at 6:20 p.m. Times EDT.

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NEW & DEVELOPING

— HERNANDEZ-POLICE — Conn. man arraigned on gun charge in homicide case involving ex-Patriots player Hernandez; third suspect arrested in Florida. AP photos, video.

— CHRISTIE-OBAMA — NJ Gov. Christie says he didn't vote for Obama, that president 'can't figure out how to lead.'

— NYPD OVERSIGHT-BLOOMBERG — NYC mayor says police stop minorities 'too little' vs. suspect descriptions; critics lash out.

— PAULA DEEN — Sears, Penney, Walgreen sever ties with Paula Deen; upcoming cookbook dropped by publisher.

TOP STORIES

EGYPT

CAIRO — Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rally in Cairo, and both sides fight each other in the second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people are killed — including an American — and scores injured, officials say. The competing camps are trying to show their strength before even bigger nationwide protests planned by the opposition Sunday — the first anniversary of Morsi's inauguration — aimed at forcing his removal. Cairo's airport is flooded with departing passengers. By Tony G. Gabriel.

AP photos.

— EGYPT-NEW GRASSROOTS — No matter what happens in this weekend's planned protests, organizers of an anti-Morsi petition campaign say they have created a grassroots network of new activists.

— US-EGYPT — US warns Americans on travel to Egypt. moves to draw down embassy presence amid unrest.

OBAMA-MANDELA

JOHANNESBURG — Inspired by Nelson Mandela's struggles in South Africa, a young Barack Obama joined campus protests in the U.S. against the racist rule that kept Mandela locked away in prison for nearly three decades. Now a historic, barrier-breaking figure himself, President Obama arrives in South Africa Friday to find a country drastically transformed by Mandela's influence — and grappling with the beloved 94-year-old's mortality. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace.

AP photo, video, audio.

— MANDELA-END OF LIFE — Mandela magnifies difficulties of end-of-life decisions; death 'is not a straight line down.'

— SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA — Mandela's ex-wife: Former S. African president improving though still critically ill

— SENEGAL-GAY RIGHTS — AP Interview: Senegalese president defends position on gay rights after clash with Obama.

GAY MARRIAGE-STATE BATTLEGROUNDS

Across the country, this week's landmark Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage have energized activists and politicians on both sides of the debate. Efforts to impose bans, and to repeal them, are taking on new intensity, as are a spate of lawsuits by gays demanding the right to marry. By National Writer David Crary.

—GAY MARRIAGE-STATES-GLANCE — The rulings' impact in all 50 states.

IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — Key lawmakers in the two political parties lay down markers as the focus on immigration turns to the House one day after the Senate approved its bill. Republicans seek to tighten the southern border and crack down on immigrants living in the United States unlawfully — a group Democrats say should be eligible for eventual citizenship. By Special Correspondent David Espo.

AP photos, video, audio.

LUNG TRANSPLANT-PENNSYLVANIA

PHILADELPHIA — A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant amid a national debate over the organ allocation process underwent a second transplant after the first failed and is now taking some breaths on her own, her parents say. The failure of first transplants is not uncommon, but the speed with which the girl got the replacement organ raises questions anew about whether courts should have stepped into the matter. By Kathy Matheson and JoAnn Loviglio.

AP photos.

RUSSIA-BIG BROTHER HOTEL

SHEREMETYEVO AIRPORT — "An interesting route, Mr. Phillips," says the airport transit desk employee. "This activity makes for suspicion." It was the start of an Orwellian adventure in which I deliberately got myself sequestered in the hopes of finding Edward Snowden at Moscow's main airport. The experience leaves me feeling that if the NSA leaker is indeed in the transit zone of the airport, as President Vladimir Putin claims, he may already have a taste of what it's like to be in prison. By Ian Phillips.

AP photos.

— NSA SURVEILLANCE — NSA leaker's father says son would return to face charges, US renews calls for his return.

— NSA SURVEILLANCE-CONGRESS — Senators call on US intelligence chief to make information about NSA spy programs public.

WEST HEAT WAVE

PHOENIX — A blazing heat wave so fierce that airlines worry they might have to ground planes settles over the Southwest on Friday, with the mercury expected to hit close to 120 in Phoenix and Las Vegas over the weekend. Some worry that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement. By Brian Skoloff.

AP photos, graphic.

— HEAT WAVE-HOW HOT — How hot is it in the western US? Real hot. AP photos.

NATIONAL

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

SANFORD, Fla. — Two neighbors and a police officer give accounts in George Zimmerman's murder trial that seem to bolster the neighborhood watch volunteer's contention that he was on his back and being straddled by Trayvon Martin during a confrontation with the teen. Zimmerman claims that he fatally shot the 17-year-old last year in self-defense. By Mike Schneider and Kyle Hightower.

AP photos.

GAY MARRIAGE-IMMIGRATION

LOS ANGELES — After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card — if she were a man. The Supreme Court ruling that married gay couples have equal footing with all other married Americans means Dowling's partner and thousands of other people from overseas who are in same-sex marriages with U.S. citizens now can obtain green cards and other immigration benefits. By Amy Taxin.

AP photos.

GETTYSBURG-MAPPING THE BATTLEFIELD

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Why did Gen. Robert E. Lee order the ill-fated attack on Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg? Historians have long wrestled with that question, and now geographers have come up with an answer, using sophisticated mapping software to recreate the battlefield exactly as Lee saw it. The explanation: Lee simply couldn't see many of the Union soldiers amid the hills and valleys. As a result, he underestimated his enemy's troop strength. By Michael Rubinkam. AP photos, video.

— GETTYSBURG — Events marking 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg kick off with re-enactment of Lee's approach.

CONCEALED CARRY-CHICAGO

CHICAGO — This city, where violent street gangs shoot it out dozens of times a week despite some of the nation's toughest restrictions on guns, now faces a new challenge: Well-meaning citizens with the legal right to hit the streets with loaded firearms at the ready, whenever they want. As the Illinois governor mulls whether to sign off on eliminating the country's last ban on public possession of guns, the question in Chicago is whether it will matter in the crime-weary city. Will a place that long banned any citizen from having a gun anywhere be more at risk? Or will it be safer with a law that can only add to the number of guns already on the street? By Don Babwin.

AP photos.

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — With the crowd in the Texas Senate gallery chanting at deafening levels, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst stood at the podium as his fellow Republicans pleaded for order. The protesters refused as Dewhurst made a last-minute effort to force a vote on anti-abortion legislation. He failed. Now that the governor has called a special session, Dewhurst will get a chance to resurrect the bill — but maybe not his political career. By Jim Vertuno.

AP photos.

INTERNATIONAL

VATICAN-BANK

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican official and two other people are arrested for allegedly trying to bring 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into Italy illegally. It's the latest financial scandal to hit the Holy See and a new branch of a long-running investigation by Italian prosecutors into the Vatican bank, which has been seen as an unregulated tax haven. By Nicole Winfield.

AP photos.

EU-BALKANS

BRUSSEELS — Their proclivity to divide, fight and break up was such that it actually became a verb — to balkanize. Now, the European Union wants to unite Balkan nations in the fold of a united continent, smothering any remaining enmity in cooperation and the promise of prosperity. It's a sign of EU leaders slowly shedding their reticence and moving into one of the continent's most perilous areas. By Raf Casert and Angela Charlton.

AP photos.

KERRY-MIDEAST

JERUSALEM — First, tuna with Israel's prime minister; next, a Mediterranean lunch with the Palestinian president. Then, back again to the Israelis for hummus and nuts. Secretary of State John Kerry's palate is getting a workout during his latest round of Mideast diplomacy. His progress on the issues so far is less substantial. By Deb Riechmann.

AP photos.

WASHINGTON & POLITICS

WASHINGTON WAKES UP

WASHINGTON — For all the talk of Washington gridlock, the three branches of government asserted their powers this week, sometimes in surprising ways. From the Supreme Court to the White House to Congress, the first week of summer proved that all facets of the federal government still pack a punch. By Charles Babington.

BIRTH CONTROL-RELIGIOUS GROUPS

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is making its final offer on a compromise for faith-based nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans. The final regulation issued Friday sets up a system for insurers to provide the coverage separately, but that seems unlikely to resolve lawsuits over the issue, some of which may go to the Supreme Court. By Religion Writer Rachel Zoll.

— HOBBY LOBBY-BIRTH CONTROL — Judge: Hobby Lobby won't have to pay fines for refusing certain birth-control for workers.

BUSINESS

ALLEGIANT AIR

LAS VEGAS — While other U.S. airlines have struggled with the ups and downs of the economy and oil prices, tiny Allegiant Air has been profitable for 10 straight years. Its planes are old and the seats don't recline. It grounds nearly its entire fleet on Tuesdays, the least busy travel day. And there is a fee for almost every service and amenity imaginable, including using the Internet — or a credit card — to book a flight. But the company succeeds by offering nonstop flights from small towns to sunny vacation spots and then aggressively marketing deals on hotels, rental cars, show tickets and other entertainment to passengers. Last year, U.S. airlines earned an average of 37 cents per passenger; Allegiant made a whopping $11.22. By Scott Mayerowitz.

AP photos.

— ALLEGIANT AIR-FEES — A look at all of the airline's fees.

— ALLEGIANT AIR-ROUTES — The cities that Allegiant flies to.

WALL STREET WEEK AHEAD

NEW YORK — The stock market just had its best first half of the year since 1998. Now what? History suggests stock investors will make more money the second half of the year. Since World War II, a big increase in the first half of a year has almost always been followed by more gains in the second half. By Steve Rothwell.

SPORTS

TOUR DE FRANCE-ARMSTRONG

PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica — The dirty past of the Tour de France came back on Friday to haunt the 100th edition of cycling's showcase race, with Lance Armstrong telling a newspaper he couldn't have won without doping. By Sports Writer John Leicester.

AP photos.

— BLACKHAWKS PARADE — Showered with confetti and cheered by screaming fans, the Blackhawks wind their way through downtown Chicago on open-topped buses to celebrate the team's stunning Stanley Cup victory. AP photos, video.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

— IRS-POLITICAL GROUPS — House panel pressing IRS figure who refused to testify to return for more questions.

— 'INTO THE WILD' RESCUE — 3 hikers rescued after trying to reach 'Into the Wild' bus in Alaska wilderness.

— WHITEY BULGER — Ex-FBI agent faces tough questions in Bulger racketeering trial in Massachusetts. AP photos.

— SEPT 11 MUSEUM — Sept. 11 memorial delayed by funding problems and damaged by Superstorm Sandy takes shape. AP photos, video.

— HORSE SLAUGHTER — Federal officials grant a southeastern New Mexico company's request to open a horse slaughterhouse, which will make it the first in the nation to process horses into meat. AP photos.

— RICIN LETTERS-TEXAS — Federal grand jury indicts Texas woman accused of sending ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg.

— CONSUMER SENTIMENT — Rising home values, stock price gains keeps US consumer sentiment near 6-year high in May. AP photo.

— EARNS-RESEARCH IN MOTION — Shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion plunge nearly 30 percent after the company posts a loss.

— MET MUSEUM-BUTTONS — NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art doing away with popular metal admission button, cites cost.

— PETTY VS PATRICK — Danica Patrick fires back at Kyle Petty remarks that she's a 'marketing machine' than a driver.

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