(CBS News) – As ISIS, an al Qaeda splinter group [which follows Sunni Islam] vowed to march on to Baghdad after capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq, a Pentagon official told CBS News correspondent David Martin that no decision has been made to provide additional assistance or what it would look like.
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(CBS News) – More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department said in a wide-ranging audit released Monday. An additional 64,000 who enrolled for VA health care over the past decade have never been seen by a doctor, according to the audit.
(by Kirk Semple, NYTimes) – The Obama administration said on Friday that it was launching a program to help recruit lawyers for children facing deportation as it scrambles to deal with the soaring number of unaccompanied Central American minors illegally crossing the border from Mexico.
(by Jill Burke, Anchorage Daily News) – For the last decade, high school sophomores have sat for the three-day exit exam, which measured reading, writing and mathematical competency. If students didn’t pass, they continued to take it as juniors and seniors. If they still didn’t pass but had met all other high school requirements, they received certificates of graduation instead of diplomas.
(by Jimmy Lovaas, Reuters) SEATTLE – The Seattle city council voted unanimously on Monday, June 2, to approve a sharp increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years, marking the first time a major U.S. city has committed to such a high base level of pay.
(by Steven Morris, The Guardian) – British and American veterans of one of the greatest and most terrible of military operations gathered on Monday at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Almost 100-strong, they were invited aboard the last three D-day craft that are still operational and took part in a ceremony to honor the memory of Bill Millin, who played the bagpipes on Sword Beach to lift the spirits of allied troops as they waded ashore.
The Energy Department predicted in May that retail power prices will rise 4 percent on average this year, the biggest increase since 2008. By 2020, prices are expected to climb an additional 13 percent, a forecast that does not include the costs of the new carbon emissions cuts announced by the Obama administration on Monday.
(CBS News) – It is widely believed that Bowe Bergdahl walked off the base where he was stationed in Afghanistan in 2009. CBS News’ David Martin reports that one Pentagon official described him as “at worst, a deserter. At best, a stupid kid who caused us to expend great energy and resources to bring him home.”
BEIJING – His name is still unknown, but to many Westerners, the single pedestrian who stopped a line of tanks near Tiananmen Square remains the iconic image of the protest that shook the world 25 years ago. In China, “Tank Man” is a nobody from a non-event.
(by Daniel González, The Republic, AZCentral) - Scores of undocumented immigrants from Central America have been released at Greyhound Lines Inc. bus stations in Tucson and Phoenix over the past several days after they were flown to Arizona from south Texas, officials acknowledged.