June 23, 2015 06:37 AM
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1. CONFEDERATE FLAG AT THE CROSSROADS

Following the massacre of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina bipartisan momentum sees lawmakers and a growing tide of Republicans now argue this battle symbol belongs in a museum.


2. IRAQIS RETURN TO SHATTERED TIKRIT AFTER MILITANTS ROUTED

But while police now patrol the streets of Saddam Hussein's hometown, its Sunni civilians are fearful the Islamic State group could come back.


3. KEY SENATORS ASKED TO CAST PRO-TRADE VOTE ONCE MORE

Opponents meanwhile are mounting an equally emotional push to keep Obama from obtaining "fast track" negotiating authority.


4. CLINTON TO MEET WITH CHURCH OFFICIALS NEAR FERGUSON UNREST

She's putting America's struggle with race relations at the forefront of her presidential campaign.


5. LITTLE CERTAINTY FOR 22,000 INJURED BY QUAKES IN NEPAL

They are struggling to recover from broken bones and lost limbs, uncertain if they will ever be able to return to the lives they once knew.


6. WHY THERE'S HOPE MONEY WOES WILL EASE IN GREECE

Amid bailout talks, Athens finally offers economic reforms that creditors consider closer to being acceptable. Meanwhile, the ECB again increases the amount of emergency liquidity that Greek lenders can draw on.


7. MANHUNT FOR ESCAPED KILLERS CONTINUES

Items recovered from a remote hunting cabin are sent to labs for DNA testing to determine if they are linked to a pair of convicted murderers as searchers converge on northern New York.


8. WHO WILL STAY AWAY FROM HOMELAND DURING SOUTH AMERICAN VISIT

Pope Francis plans to skip Argentina during his July tour because he doesn't want to influence October's presidential election in his native country.


9. FASTEST RISING RENTS IN U.S.

The biggest gains in home rental prices are coming not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine.


10. WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Several Norwegian players team with Norway's national TV broadcaster NRK to produce a "mockumentary" addressing sexist stereotypes.