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10 for today: Friday, June 13

10 for today: Friday, June 13

IRAQ:In this still image posted on a militant Twitter account on Wednesday, June 11, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, militants parade down a main road in Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi officials say al-Qaida-inspired militants who this week seized much of the country's Sunni heartland have pushed into an ethnically mixed province northeast of Baghdad, capturing two towns there. Photo: Associated Press

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

1. BERGDAHL BACK IN U.S. AFTER TALIBAN SWAP

A Pentagon spokesman says that the rescued Army sergeant will “continue the next phase of his reintegration process” at a Texas base.

2. IRAQ IN PARALYSIS AFTER SUNNI MILITANTS’ BLITZ

The Shiite-led government of Prime Minister al-Maliki has been unable to form a coherent response to the insurgency.

3. RAMPANT TRAFFICKING IN THAILAND MAY CARRY PRICE

With tens of thousands of migrants being forced into labor, the country risks being lowered on a U.S. State Department watch list without major improvements.

4. WHAT MAY SURPRISE YOU ABOUT CELLPHONE TOWERS

They could be hidden in a cross, disguised as a cactus, a silo or a palm tree. The goal is the same: concealing what most Americans view as an eyesore.

5. WHAT A SPANISH TOWN SEEMS TO VALUE MORE

An AP review finds that at the height of Spain’s austerity, the local government paid the Villareal soccer club $27 million to promote an airport that was never used.

6. CALIFORNIA LAWMAKER ON TRACK FOR CANTOR’S JOB

Kevin McCarthy gathers support to become House majority leader, though some Republicans would prefer a stronger conservative.

7. FEDS WORK TO KEEP SURVEILLANCE METHODS UNDER WRAPS

The AP learns that the Obama administration has been pushing local police to keep quiet about the technology they use to sweep up cellphone data.

8. WHOSE BEHAVIOR IS GETTING BETTER

American teens are smoking, drinking and fighting less — though they’re still texting behind the wheel, a survey shows.

9. MANY WORKERS STILL WAITING FOR RAISES

Five years after the Great Recession, pay increases remain sharply uneven across industries in the U.S. and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.

10. WHO’S ON THE VERGE OF ELIMINATION

Miami’s dream of a threepeat as NBA champions takes a major hit when the San Antonio Spurs rout the Heat 107-86 to take a 3-1 lead in the finals.

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