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Posted on June 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The world at 6 p.m. Times are EDT.

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DEVELOPING

— NBA DRAFT — Begins at 7 p.m.

TOP STORIES

OBAMA-SYRIA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ratchets up U.S. efforts to strengthen opposition forces battling not only Syrian President Bashar Assad but also a Sunni extremist group that has seized swaths of Iraq, asking Congress to greatly expand its previously covert efforts to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels. U.S. officials increasingly see the instability in Syria and Iraq as a single challenge, with the border between the two countries increasingly blurred. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 790 words, photo.

IRAQ

BAGHDAD — Prominent Shiite leaders push for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepares to start work Tuesday on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against a Sunni insurgent onslaught. In a sign of Iraq's unraveling along sectarian lines, a bombing kills 12 people in a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood and police find eight more bullet-riddled bodies south of the capital. By Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, videos.

TOP PHOTO: — XHM118 — An Iraqi woman who fled her village holds her daughter near a Kurdish checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil.

AIRPORTS-TALL BUILDINGS

WASHINGTON — The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports — a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values. The Federal Aviation Administration proposal, supported by airports and airlines, is driven by encroaching development that limits safe flight paths for planes that might lose power in an engine during takeoff. Planes can fly with only one engine, but they have less power to climb quickly over obstacles. By Joan Lowy. SENT: 980 words, photo. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 6:30 p.m. to update with examples and further details, photo.

OBIT-HOWARD BAKER

WASHINGTON — Howard Baker's question sliced to the core of Watergate: "What did the president know and when did he know it?" Repeated over and again in the senator's mild Tennessee drawl, those words guided Americans through the tangle of Watergate characters and charges playing daily on TV to focus squarely on Richard Nixon and his role in the cover-up. Baker, who later became Senate majority leader, chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan and one of the GOP's elder statesmen, is dead at 88. SENT: 900 words, photos video. An abridged version of 520 words has also been sent.

— HOWARD BAKER-5 THINGS — Five things to know about Baker's career, which spanned several decades and earned him the respect of Republicans and Democrats alike. SENT: 300 words.

— OBIT-HOWARD BAKER-QUOTES — Politicians and others react to Baker's death. SENT: 400 words.

SUPREME COURT-ABORTION BUFFER ZONE

WASHINGTON — Protesters can't be ordered to stay 35 feet or more away from abortion clinics, the Supreme Court says unanimously, ruling that Massachusetts' limits violate demonstrators' free-speech rights. The court says there are better ways to protect patients and clinic workers. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

—SUPREME COURT-RECESS APPOINTMENT — Turning back Obama argument, Supreme Court ruling limits president's recess appointments. SENT: 920 words, photo.

GAY MARRIAGE-EVENTFUL YEAR

Exactly a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of landmark rulings, one striking down a law that denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages, the other clearing the way for gay couples to wed legally in California. In the 12 months since then, ripple effects from those rulings have transformed the national debate over gay marriage, convincing many on both sides that its spread nationwide is inevitable. The Associated Press looks back at some of the notable moments. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

— GAY MARRIAGE — Appellate ruling that gays have right to wed moves same-sex marriage closer to Supreme Court. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

PASSWORD FATIGUE

CHICAGO — Trying to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes she's had to create to access her various online accounts "just gets too confusing," complains a 72-year-old. But this is far from just a senior moment. Frustration over passwords is universal. And as one computer science professor says. "We're due for a revolution." One could argue it's already underway, with services that generate and store your passwords for you so you don't have to remember them, and biometric technology to get into our devices. Even if you cling to the password, there's help to make them secure — and memorable. By National Writer Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

WORLD CUP

WCUP-US

RECIFE, Brazil — They heard about people back home watching during their lunch breaks, streaming on office computers or playing hooky with fellow fans. And then, as the bus pulled away from the hotel, the U.S. World Cup team was struck with an unusual sight. Hundreds, maybe thousands of fans in red, white and blue, walking for miles around stalled cars through nearly hip-high water along streets and highways, making their way to the stadium to cheer them on. And despite a 1-0 loss to Germany, the United States was good enough to advance to the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time and good enough to hold onto the national attention that soccer has finally grabbed in America. By Sports Writer Ronald Blum. SENTA: 910 words, photos, videos.

— TOP VIDEO: brazil_wc_us_fans_travel_vox — Fans of the U.S. World Cup team begin arriving in Recife for the Americans' final group stage match against Germany: http://apne.ws/1vaJY32

WCUP-SUAREZ BANNED

RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA has banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

WASHINGTON

HEALTH OVERHAUL-CAFETERIA WORKERS

WASHINGTON — A giant food service company that bumped thousands of workers from its health plan earlier this year, citing President Barack Obama's new law, is now backtracking, promising changes to restore eligibility to many of those affected. The company's experience could serve as a cautionary tale for other employers looking to blame "Obamacare" for benefit reductions. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 820 words, photos.

HILLARY CLINTON-WEALTH

DENVER — Hillary Rodham Clinton is a hard-working champion of women, children and the poor. Or she's a wealthy elitist more comfortable in Davos, Switzerland, than Davenport, Iowa. Which is it? If Clinton decides to again run for president, how voters answer that question could play a role in whether she's able to win the White House. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 900 words, photo.

—HILLARY CLINTON-WEALTH-GLANCE — A look at how the Clintons have discussed their family's wealth in recent interviews. SENT: 560 words.

INTERNATIONAL

UKRAINE

IZVARYNEIZVARNE, Ukraine — Thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings line up at the eastern border to cross into Russia, with some complaining they were betrayed by their government and vowing never to return. A commander at the rebel-controlled border post said 5,000 people had left by evening, part of a steady flow that he said had not been slowed by a shaky cease-fire set to expire Friday. Russia says tens of thousands of Ukrainians have come in search of safety since Ukraine's government began fighting with separatists in the east two months ago. By Balint Szlanko. SENT: 680 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE

SYDNEY — Investigators believe the missing Malaysia Airlines plane flew on autopilot for hours before crashing into a remote part of the Indian Ocean, Australian officials say as they announce another shift in the search area for the jet. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 970 words, photo, video.

PHILIPPINES-US-WAR ON TERROR

MANILA, Philippines — After more than a decade of helping fight Islamic militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials say. But special forces from the U.S. Pacific Command, possibly in smaller numbers, will remain to ensure al-Qaida offshoots such as Abu Sayyaf and the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah do not regain lost ground, the U.S. and Philippine officials say. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 760 words, photos.

EUROPE ISOLATED BRITAIN

BRUSSELS — Many political battles are ugly — but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union's next chief executive may have downright hideous consequences. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has set himself up for a stinging defeat as his vocal campaign to block the front-runner for the top EU job, former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, fails to gain traction. Many fear that an increasingly isolated Britain could even choose to leave the bloc that governs over 500 million people — something that has never happened in the EU's history. By Juergen Baetz. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

JORDAN-RADICAL PREACHER

AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian military court acquits al-Qaida-linked preacher Abu Qatada of involvement in a foiled 1999 plot to attack an American school in Amman but postpones a ruling on other terrorism charges. Abu Qatada's case goes back more than a decade, but the current trial has cast a spotlight on his recent statements of support for Islamic extremists in Syria. By Omar Akour. SENT: 870 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-LEFTIST DISCONTENT

CARACAS, Venezuela — Already grappling with street protests by the right, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing a new level of discontent from an unlikely place: old-school leftists who accuse him of betraying the socialist legacy that carried him to power. By Hannah Dreier. SENT: 860 words, photos.

NATIONAL

HOME CARE-15 YEARS LATER

Brent Kaderli has a wheelchair-accessible van, a hospital bed and an electric lift waiting at his father's home. But the 30-year-old quadriplegic remains at a nursing home and says Medicaid hasn't approved enough hours of in-home care for him to make the move. Fifteen years after a landmark Supreme Court decision on discrimination against in-home care, its legacies are dueling. Progress has been made in every state to keep more aged and disabled people in their homes and communities, but only half of federal Medicaid spending goes to such care, with the services routinely denied by a system that tends to favor institutions even though they're typically more expensive to taxpayers. By Matt Sedensky. SENT: 970 words, photos.

— HOME CARE-15- YEARS LATER-5 THINGS TO KNOW — Things to know on the 15th anniversary of the Olmstead decision on care for aging, disabled. SENT: 500 words.

HEALTH

FECAL TRANSPLANTS-FDA

WASHINGTON — Imagine a low-cost treatment for a life-threatening infection that could cure up to 90 percent of patients with minimal side effects, often in a few days. It may sound like a miracle drug, but this cutting-edge treatment is profoundly simple — take the stool of healthy patients to cure those with hard-to-treat intestinal infections. A small but growing number of physicians have begun using these procedures, called fecal transplants, to treat Clostridium difficile, afflicting a half-million Americans annually and killing about 15,000. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.

ENTERTAINMENT

TV-HBO-112 WEDDINGS

NEW YORK — Filmmaker Doug Block revisits couples for whom he shot wedding videos to ask how marriage has gone in "112 Weddings," which debuts Monday on HBO. The film ultimately celebrates marriage and the passing of time. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 730 words, photos.

TV-SUMMER OF PERIL

NEW YORK — It's a scary world on TV this summer. Watch out for such thrillers as "The Strain," ''The Last Ship," ''Extant" and "The Leftovers" — if you dare. An inventory of TV's virus attacks, cosmic abductions and extraterrestrial pregnancy by Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 730 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

CHINA-HOLLYWOOD-BALANCING ACT

BEIJING — Dazzling special effects, Optimus Prime ... and Beijing. The latest "Transformers" movie has all three, mixing Texas-based action with scenes in China's capital and a heavy dose of Hong Kong in an attempt to straddle the world's two biggest movie-going audiences. The fourth installment of the Michael Bay-directed franchise has gone all-out to woo China's audience with Chinese locations, talent and even a reality TV show. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" illustrates the delicate balancing game of Hollywood studios trying to work out what the Chinese market wants while simultaneously catering to Americans. By Louise Watt. SENT: 940 words, photos.

GETTING ATTENTION

— CONVICTED POLITICIANS — As a convicted felon former mayor announces mayoral campaign in Rhode Island, a look at high-profile convicted politicians who tried for — and sometimes attained — comebacks. SENT: 440 words, photos.

— ARGENTINA-DEBT — New York judge denies Argentina's request for delay in paying $1.65 billion to U.S. hedge funds. SENT: 400 words.

— SUGARY DRINKS — Drink up, NYC: New York's highest court refuses to reinstate ban on big sodas. SENT: 670 words, photos.

— FAMILY FEUD-MURDER CHARGE — Daughter who fled arranged marriage testifies against her father at New York murder conspiracy trial. SENT: 570 words.

— MEDAL OF HONOR — Medal of Honor recipient from New Hampshire: This belongs to comrades in Afghanistan battle. SENT: 660 words, photos, video.

— GOP 2016-PENCE — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence headlines the New York Republican Party's annual dinner, part of the ambitious Republican governor's push to strengthen his national profile ahead of a prospective presidential run. UPCOMING: 600 words by 9 p.m.

— MIDTERM ELECTIONS-TEA PARTY — Despite all the losses for tea party-backed candidates in this year's midterm elections, from Matt Bevin in Kentucky to Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, business for the tea party has never been better. SENT: 900 words, photos.

—OBAMA— The president holds a town hall meeting and talks with a Minneapolis mother, trying to show empathy with the plight of everyday Americans. SENT: 670 words, photos.

— ROCKY TOP — With promises of a water parks, hotels and a giant floating restaurant in mind, this tiny East Tennessee town votes on whether to change its name to Rocky Top to capitalize on the song bearing that name. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.

— STORK RESURGENCE — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visits a federal wildlife refuge on the Georgia coast to announce a "milestone" in efforts to save the wood stork, a species considered endangered for the past 30 years. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— DJ'S CONCERTGOERS HOSPITALIZED — Three dozen people sent to hospitals with "medical issues" at Swedish DJ's Boston dance music show. SENT: 300 words, photo.

—OIL DRILLING-EARTHQUAKES — Oklahoma residents shaken by earthquakes seek answers from lawmakers, regulators. SENT: 640 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: will updates from 8 p.m. meeting.

—HUMAN REMAINS-SUITCASES — Ex-cop charged with hiding corpse after remains of two women found stuffed in suitcases. SENT: 580 words, photos.

—MISSING BOY-DETROIT — Police: Detroit boy found in own basement after missing for 12 days released from hospital. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: will be updated.

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