10 stories you need to know going into Monday

June 29, 2014 

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

1. ISLAMIC STATE DECLARED The vast territory straddling Syria and Iraq that has been seized by an al-Qaida splinter group will be established as a state, the group announces.

2. OBAMA PICKS VA CHIEF If confirmed by the Senate, Robert McDonald, a former Proctor & Gamble executive, would succeed Eric Shinseki, who quit last month as head of the struggling agency.

3. PISTORIUS RETURNING TO COURT As the murder trial resumes after a one-month break, the judge is expected to get the results of the defendant’s mental health evaluation.

4. WHERE GUNFIRE WOUNDED 9 Always-crowded Bourbon Street in New Orleans is the scene of a shootout between two men. Others are caught in the crossfire.

5. ON US-MEXICO BORDER, STAFFING MISMATCHES Many agents wind up stationed in places where crossing activity is slowest because the Border Patrol can’t keep up with constantly shifting migration patterns.

6. WHO RARELY GETS FIRED House and Senate lawmakers may be wildly unpopular, but more than halfway through the party primaries, the score is incumbents 291, challengers 2.

7. SHOWBOAT SHUTTING DOWN The Atlantic City casino is closing this summer and at least two others may follow as experts say there may be a glut of gambling halls.

8. WHY VROOM! MIGHT BECOME SOUND OF THE PAST More manufacturers — even Harley-Davidson — are making or planning to make electric motorcycles.

9. `DESIGNING WOMEN’ STAR DIES OF CANCER AT 67 Meshach Taylor played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the TV sitcom.

10. MEXICO’S FURY OVER WORLD CUP CALL A late penalty sends the Netherlands to the quarterfinals in a 2-1 win Sunday. France, Nigeria, Germany and Algeria are all up on Monday.

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