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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Thursday - 6/12/2014, 3:35am  ET

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A federal police officer walks with a sniffer dog as they search for explosives during a security check one day before the opening World Cup soccer match in Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. If Brazil wins the opening game, the fact that Itaquerao stadium isn't even fully finished yet will quickly be forgotten. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. TIKRIT, SADDAM'S HOMETOWN, FALLS TO ISLAMIC FIGHTERS

The militants, who have seized wide swaths of territory, aim to create an Islamic emirate spanning the Iraq-Syria border.

2. CANTOR QUITTING AS HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER

The lawmaker's decision follows his stunning defeat to an underfunded tea party candidate in the Virginia primaries.

3. WHAT'S RATTLING WORLD CUP ORGANIZERS

Because of problems during construction, the all-new arena in Sao Paulo, site of the tournament's opening game, was never tested at close to full capacity.

4. FBI PROBING ALLEGED VA MISCONDUCT

The criminal investigation into possibly falsified records and improper scheduling represents an escalation of scrutiny of VA employees.

5. 'TRIAL OF THE CENTURY' WAS ONE-OF-A-KIND MEDIA SPECTACLE

Twenty years ago, the O.J. Simpson murder case erupted into the first big TV trial.

6. HOW OREGON SCHOOL GUNMAN WAS ARMED

Police say the 15-year-old hid an assault rifle, handgun and ammunition in a guitar case and duffel bag before he killed a fellow student and wounded a teacher.

7. HAGEL DEFENDS NOT TELLING CONGRESS ABOUT BERGDAHL

He argues before a House panel that time was critical, and the administration couldn't wait to confer with lawmakers before going ahead with the swap.

8. POLICE FOCUS ON DRIVER'S COMMUTE IN TRACY MORGAN CRASH

The trucker charged in the accident lived in Georgia but his job was based in Delaware -- and he hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the crash.

9. CASEY KASEM'S DAUGHTER GETS PERMISSION TO WITHHOLD NOURISHMENT

A judge reviews medical records and concludes that the stricken former radio host would endure more pain if he were given food or fluids, the daughter's attorney says.

10. WHY HEAT AREN'T SWEATING -- YET

Miami, after Tuesday's loss, trails San Antonio 2-1 in the NBA Finals. But the Heat also have won 13 straight postseason games following a defeat.


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