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CHARLESTON-CHURCH — For Charleston’s Emanuel A.


M.E. Church, shooting is another painful chapter in rich history. 1,430 words, by Sarah Kaplan (Post). With video.

CHARLESTON-1ST — Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire Wednesday at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Officials said nine people were killed and others injured. 400 words, by Lindsey Bever and Robert Costa (Post).

POPE _VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis lays out the argument for a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change – a position bringing him immediately into conflict with skeptics, whom he chides for their “denial.” Developing, by Anthony Faiola, Michelle Boorstein and Chris Mooney (Post).

YEMEN-1STLD – Al-Qaida’s leader in Yemen was killed in “signature strike,” U.S. officials said Tuesday. 600 words, by Greg Miller (Post).

MIGRANTS – LONDON – The number of people uprooted from their homes by war and persecution in 2014 was larger than in any year since detailed record-keeping began. 1,000 words, by Griff Witte (Post). One graphic.

DOMINICAN — MEXICO CITY – The Dominican Republic was preparing Wednesday to enforce a registration deadline that has raised fears of mass deportations of undocumented workers and others of Haitian descent. 1,000 words, by Joshua Partlow (Post).

BRITAIN-ISLAMICSTATE — LONDON _One of three British sisters feared to have traveled to Islamic State-controlled territory has made contact with her family back home, police said Wednesday. 450 words, by Karla Adam (Post).

DOLLAR — WASHINGTON — A woman will be featured on the $10 bill, the first time in well over a century that a female will grace America’s paper money. 900 words, by Ylan Q. Mui and Abigail Ohlheiser (Post).

BRAT – WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia works in obscurity as a freshman lawmaker, who replaced Eric Cantor. 1,900 words, by David Schwartzman (Post). Three photos.

OBAMA-DEMS_ WASHINGTON — President Obama, after rebuke from Democrats on trade, heads west to raise money for them. 1,100 words, by David Nakamura and Juliet Eilperin (Post).

GOP-LATINOS — LAS VEGAS — Out of the GOP’s 16 declared or likely presidential candidates, only one – retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson – bothered to show up at a major Latino political gather. 1,100 words, by Philip Rucker (Post).

NBC-WILLIAMS — NBC executives who are deciding the fate of Brian Williams have reviewed an internal video of his exaggerated and embellished stories, a clip reel that could be decisive in determining Williams’ status. 830 words, by Paul Farhi (Post).

HINCKLEY — WASHINGTON – Prosecutors, attorneys for John Hinckley and experts at the hospital where he has mostly has been confined since 1981 agreed Wednesday on many conditions for the potential release. 650 words, by Spencer S. Hsu (Post).

DC-METRO _Washington subway’s safety management system has significant flaws, the FTA reports. 1,200 words, by Lori Aratani (Post).

DRIVERS-SENIORS – All those predictions of dangers from older drivers as boomers aged didn’t come true. 1,300 words, by Katherine Shaver (Post). One graphic. With DRIVERS-SENIORS-TIPS.

VIRGINIA-DRUGS — RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia should improve medical and police training, increase education and expand drug courts to help combat heroin and prescription drug abuse, a task force said. 800 words, by Jenna Portnoy (Post).

VIRGINIA-ABC — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was doing nothing wrong the night he ended up bloodied and in a jail cell after an encounter with ABC officers, a prosecutor said. 900 words, by T. Rees Shapiro (Post).

OCULUS — LOS ANGELES – Virtual reality and its viability as a consumer technology is a theme at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a convention for the video game industry. Oculus is leading the charge with the Rift. 800 words, by Hayley Tsukayama (Post).

LENDERS — Two of the nation’s biggest housing lenders, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, face new restrictions on their mortgage businesses for failing to clean up their foreclosure practices. 700 words, by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel (Post).

PENSIONS — Federal officials on Wednesday appointed compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg to review applications from troubled multi-employer pension plans seeking to slash retirees’ benefits to avoid insolvency. 550, by Michael A. Fletcher (Post).

FCC — WASHINGTON — The FCC slaps AT&T with a $100 million fine, accusing the country’s second largest cellular carrier of improperly slowing down Internet speeds for customers who had signed up for “unlimited” plans. 1,000 words, by Brian Fung and Andrea Peterson (Post) One graphic.

HACK-COMMENT — Cyberburglary of the OPM is an even greater intelligence catastrophe than the Edward Snowden affair. And our negligent leaders, bureaucracies and their contractors need to be held responsible. 800 words, by Ryan Evans (Post special).

TRADE-COMMENT — The United States’ entire position in Asia is at risk, thanks largely to the machinations of organized labor, which once plausibly spoke for Middle America but increasingly speaks, and acts, only for itself. 800 words, by Charles Lane (Post).


MIDEAST — JERUSALEM — Israel risks being drawn deeper into the Syria conflict as Islamist militants pose a growing threat to the Druze community on its northern frontier. 620 words, by Calev Ben-David (Bloomberg).

FRANCE — PARIS — Tents and mattresses, open-air kitchens, cries for help, shows of exasperation: in the heart of Paris, makeshift migrant camps are mushrooming in one of more visible consequences of the conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. 620 words, by Angeline Benoit and Gregory Viscusi (Bloomberg).

CAMPAIGN-TECH — What tech strategy reveals about the top tier of Republican presidential hopefuls. 1,305 words, by Sasha Issenberg (Bloomberg).

BUSH-RUBIO — Asked if his emphasis on his eight years as governor is meant to put Sen. Marco Rubio on the wrong end of an invidious comparison, Jeb Bush demurs. But Bush’s backers are less coy. 1,210 words, by Sahil Kapur (Bloomberg).

SHAKESPEARE-COMMENT — Educators need a coherent theory of why we bother to teach any writers at all. 1,315 words, by Megan McArdle (Bloomberg).

TRADE-CHINA-COMMENT — The trade deal matters because it’s part of the broader American geostrategic goal of containing China. 910 words, by Noah Feldman (Bloomberg).

TAXES-WALMART — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. owns more than $76 billion of assets through a web of units in offshore tax havens around the world, though you wouldn’t know it from reading the giant retailer’s annual report. 960 words, by Jesse Drucker and Renee Dudley (Bloomberg).

CYBER-INVEST — NEW YORK — About the only thing rising as fast as online mischief is the stock of firms trying to thwart it. 785 words, by Joseph Ciolli (Bloomberg).

GREECE-CAPITAL — ATHENS — Greece and its creditors head for a showdown that’s raising the specter of the country’s exit from the euro or the imposition of capital controls; crisis-hardened company executives say the drawn-out turbulence has prepared them for the worst. 900 words, by Maria Petrakis (Bloomberg).

DECLASSIFIED — How the U.S. targeted al-Qaida’s Yemen chief. 815 words, by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin (Bloomberg).

PESEK — China’s status as an independent asset class confirms the financial clout Beijing covets, but might encourage policymakers to lose sight of the country’s economic fundamentals. 735 words, by William Pesek (Bloomberg).

EGYPT-COMMENT — A life-or-death decision for Egypt’s new “Pharaoh.” 970 words, by Noah Feldman (Bloomberg).

BITCOIN-COMMENT — Is bitcoin ever going to become money? The answer to the question depends on the answer to a much deeper question: What is money, anyway? 970 words, by Noah Smith (Bloomberg).

The Japan News/ Yomiuri Shimbun

JAPAN-SKOREA — TOKYO — Ministerial talks between Japan and South Korea set for Sunday are expected to cover the controversy over World War II comfort women and other issues. Developing (Japan News).

JAPAN-DOGS — TOKYO — New tech-based services cater to dog owners in Japan. 675 words, by Taisuke Takeda (Japan News). One photo.

JAPAN-OLYMPICS — TOKYO — The design plan for the new National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, is still under review, but the unconventional and nonstandard design makes it impossible to keep the construction cost within a predictable budget. 760 words, by Masahiro Sakita and Shuichi Muto (Japan News).

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