Brazil strikes a threat to a smooth World Cup

A commuter takes a photo of a sign that reads in Portuguese "Station closed" at the Arthur Alvim metro station in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 5, 2014. This city that will host the World Cup opening match in a week was thrown into transit chaos Thursday as subway and overland commuter train operators went on strike, putting at risk the only means that most soccer fans will have to reach the stadium. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

SAO PAULO (AP) — World Cup organizers have fretted for a year over the possibility that a resurgence of mass anti-government protests could mar soccer’s premiere event.

Justice for Hamas, Fatah victims costly, elusive

In this June 3, 2014 photo, Rawda Zanoun, 48, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in front of a portrait of her son, Alaa Eldin, who was killed in a 2007 fight between Hamas and Fatah days before the Hamas take over in Gaza City. Foes Hamas and Fatah managed to set aside some of their differences to form a Palestinian unity government, but the hardest part of reconciliation may still lie ahead. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Foes Hamas and Fatah managed to set aside some of their differences to form a Palestinian unity government, but the hardest part of reconciliation may still lie ahead — settling demands of justice for hundreds killed and wounded in fighting that culminated in the 2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip.

Interior chief: Jamestown at risk from rising seas

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell walks through the woods during a tour of Jamestown Island in Jamestown, Va., Thursday, June 5, 2014. Jewell toured Jamestown to highlight climate change's threat to the first permanent European settlement in America. The island settled in 1607 is among the coastal Va. lands being lost to rising seas. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell got a firsthand look Thursday at the effect of climate change on ever-receding Jamestown island, concluding that one of America’s first permanent European settlements is clearly vulnerable to rising seas.

Reagan set the tone for D-Day observances

FILE - This June 6, 1984 file photo shows President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan walking past the graves at Normandy American Cemetary in Normandy. The American president and first lady are attending the 40th anniversary of the allied invasion of 1944. President Barack Obama is the fourth sitting president to attend a D-Day anniversary observance in Normandy and the only president to visit the site of the allied invasion twice during his presidency for an anniversary commemoration. It wasn’t always a presidential tradition. Ronald Reagan was the first, delivering an evocative and emotional remembrance on the 40th anniversary in 1984. Joining him were surviving members of an Army Rangers team that had scaled cliffs at Pointe du Hoc to silence German guns protecting the Normandy beaches. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is the fourth sitting president to attend a D-Day anniversary observance in Normandy and the only president to visit the site of the allied invasion twice during his presidency for an anniversary commemoration. It wasn’t always a presidential tradition.

VA head says 18 vets left off wait list have died

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson speaks, Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Phoenix. It was Acting Secretary Gibson's first visit to Phoenix since taking over the agency amid an investigation that found 1,700 veterans were kept off the official waiting list for care at the troubled Arizona hospital. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (AP) — In a new revelation in the growing VA scandal, the organization’s acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died.

Vandy has momentum hosting Stanford with

Vanderbilt pitcher Ben Bowden, right, celebrates with Ro Coleman after Coleman knocked in the winning run with a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Vanderbilt a 3-2 win over Oregon of an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt approached the NCAA tournament like it was a new season after a rare early exit from the Southeastern Conference tournament. Now the Commodores need just two more wins for only Vanderbilt’s second trip to the College World Series and first since 2011.

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