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BRAZIL BEAT: Good luck, Landon! Oops, never mind

Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during a training session of Portugal in Campinas, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. Portugal plays in group G of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte) Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during a training session of Portugal...
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Bartoli: No regrets for post-Wimbledon retirement

2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli of France attends a press conference at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday June 22, 2014. The Championships start Monday June 23. (AP Photo/AELTC, Scott Heavey) 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli of...
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BRAZIL BEAT: Van Gaal enjoying World Cup offenses

Coach Louis van Gaal, center, of the Netherlands briefs his team during a training session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. The Netherlands play in group B of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Coach Louis van Gaal, center, of the Netherlands...
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AP IMPACT: VA falls short on female medical issues

In this June 18, 2014 photo, Army Sgt. LaQuisha Gallmon holds her 2-month-old Abbagayle Gallmon while at her home in Greenville, S.C. Gallmon said that her local VA office had authorized her to see a private physician during her pregnancy, so she went to an emergency room after...
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5 Things to Know about women’s medical care at VA

In this June 18, 2014 photo, Army Sgt. LaQuisha Gallmon, right, reads a letter from the Veterans Affairs Depart, as she holds her 2-month-old Abbagayle in Greenville, S.C. Gallmon said that her local VA office had authorized her to see a private physician during her pregnancy, so...
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Top NY prosecutor confronts criticism from India

FILE – In this May 19, 2014 file photo, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks at a news conference in New York. In America, Bharara has been on the cover of Time magazine and has earned praise for his tough language toward corruption on...
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Germany to lick its wounds and focus on US

Germany’s head coach Joachim Loew reacts during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Germany’s head coach Joachim Loew reacts during the group G...
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Shooting involving rapper likely not random

FILE – In this March 14, 2014 file photo, Schoolboy Q performs during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The rapper was in a vehicle that was fired on after a concert at the popular Red Rocks outdoor amphitheatre in Colorado, but he was not injured, investigators...
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Openly gay governor candidate leads pride parade

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine. Gay rights activists around the country are eyeing the Maine’s governor’s race as a chance to make history....
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Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

FILE – In this Tuesday June 17, 2014 file photo President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall in New York. President Barack Obama, who established his bona...