June 17, 2015 06:40 AM
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1. 6 CALIFORNIA BALCONY COLLAPSE VICTIMS HAD LIVES AHEAD OF THEM

A group of Irish and Irish-American young men and women were enjoying their last blast summer in the U.S. before cracking down with college and careers.


2. NORTH KOREA SAYS SUFFERING FROM WORST DROUGHT IN 100 YEARS

Its production of rice and potatoes could decline by as much as 20 percent compared to average years if the shortage of rainfall extends to early July.


3. ACTIVISTS FRET ABOUT RACHEL DOLEZAL IMPACT

Civil rights leaders in Spokane are worried that the ruse perpetrated by the former NAACP leader will hurt efforts to move the region beyond a troubled racial past.


4. WHO EYED SUPER BOWL ATTACK

Authorities outline the evidence against a Phoenix man who they say helped orchestrate a shootout on an anti-Islam event in Texas and had aspirations to target the game.


5. WHICH STEREOTYPE KAMIKAZE SURVIVORS DEBUNK

Japan is re-examining the legacy of its "divine wind" pilots who went on suicide missions, in an effort to portray them more realistically.


6. WHERE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM BILL MOVE

Flood-weary Texans are bracing for heavy rain and possible flooding as the storm is creeping further inland.


7. ECONOMISTS SAY JEB BUSH HAS UNREALISTIC GROWTH GOAL

Although the candidate claims there is "not a reason in the world" why the U.S. economy can't grow at 4 percent annually, many experts disagree.


8. CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR

Six months after Castro and Obama declared the end to their nations' hostilities, the embassies in their countries aren't reopened, showing how slowly change comes to Cuba.


9. US BIRTHS UP AFTER YEARS OF DECLINE

About 53,000 more babies were born in 2014 than the year before — a 1 percent increase.


10. WARRIORS WIN NBA TITLE

"This is special. To be able to hold this trophy and all the hard work we've put into it this season, this is special," says Stephen Curry.