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June 16, 2014

NJN/am for Monday, June 16

It's Monday, and off we go to another week...

Weather: Hot and humid. Summertime weather returns this week, with today's high near 90 and tonight's low in the upper 60s, and a 10 percent chance of an isolated shower popping up. Tuesday's forecast will be much the same.

Baghdad in the crosshairs. The capital of Iraq is being targeted by a fast-moving rebel group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has already taken hold of much of Iraq to the north of the city. The Sunni insurgents took control early today of the northern city of Tal Afar, which is largely inhabited by Shiite Muslims, USA Today is reporting. Already the U.S. Embassy there is evacuating some of its staff. Elsewhere, photos of the insurgents conducting mass murders of Iraqi forces are appearing online, with the murders being verified by the Associated Press. The insurgents have already taken over the cities of Fallujah and Mosul, where many American forces died to take control in 2004.

Sports: Runaway victory. Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open in a rout on Sunday, as he finished the Pinehurst No. 2 course a full eight shots ahead of his nearest competition. Kaymer, the first German golfer to ever win the Open, finished with a 9-under par 261. He led the tournament from the opening round, much as he did in last month's Player's Championship. It's the second major for Kaymer, who won the PGA Championship in 2010... Basketball: The San Antonio Spurs have won their fifth NBA Championship, thanks to a 104-87 victory over the Miami Jeat in the fifth game of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. Kawhi Leonard, who was named the playoff MVP, scored 22 points to lead the Spurs. LeBron James paced Miami with 31... Soccer: The United States finally gets into action at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil today, squaring off against Ghana – a country which has knocked the U.S. side out of the last two World Cup tournaments. It's the first game in the so-called “Group of Death,” which also features Germany and Portugal; those two teams face off at 10 a.m. The top two teams move on to the knockout stage. Kickoff for the U.S. match is at 5 p.m. (ESPN).

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