Good morning and happy Tuesday. Here are some of the stories we’re following.
1. Kerry meets with Kurdish leaders in Iraq
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraq for a second day in his bid to help the country forge political cooperation and beat back the Sunni insurgency that has taken over most of the north. On Monday, he met with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, and warned that the next week could determine the future of the country. Iraqi leaders will try to form a new government by July 1. Read more in NEWS.
2. Iraq: What the insurgents hold
The insurgents have gotten attention for capturing cities, including the second-biggest in the country, Mosul, but pay attention to the border crossings. That’s where the real danger may be. The militants hold key points along the Iraqi borders with Syria and with Jordan, a close American ally. “Now it’s a fire, and everybody in the region has got to grab their fire hoses and work together,” one analyst says. Read more in NEWS.
3. Hunt for missing Malaysian plane could take 'decades'
Hugh Dunleavy, the commercial director for Malaysia Airlines, tells a British newspaper that he thinks Flight 370, missing more than three months, is in pieces spread all over the South Indian Ocean. “There are mountains and canyons in that ocean,” he said. “I think it could take a really long time to find. We’re talking decades." Read more in NEWS.
4. Mormon woman booted from church for advocating for women
A Mormon woman who advocated for a bigger role for women in the church has been kicked out. The church told the woman, Kate Kelly, that the ban will be lifted only if she repents and gives up the cause. “I guess I’m a delusional optimist because to the end I thought they would do the right thing,” she told NBC News shortly after she got the email from her former bishop. Read more in NEWS.
5. Kid amputees play ball with wounded warriors
One week each summer, 20 child amputees get the chance to feel like stars. At the Wounded Warrior softball camp, they’re coached by men and women who have learned to cope after losing limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s cool because you don’t feel alone,” says Adrian Grajeda, 10, who lost a leg in a car accident. “And they can teach you stuff you don’t know.” Read more from NIGHTLY NEWS.
6. Now boarding for …
This spelling mistake made a difference of 4,000 miles. A Maryland dentist planned a trip to Portugal and decided to swing by Granada, Spain. British Airways sent him to Grenada — with an E, as in the island off South America. After a stopover in London, he asked the flight attendant: “Why are we headed west to go to Spain?” She said: “Spain? We’re going to the West Indies.” He’s suing. Read more in NEWS.
… What’s trending today?
Brazil is into the knockout round at its home World Cup. Neymar scored in the 17th and 34th minutes on Monday to help the Seleçao beat Cameroon and advance. Italy can advance with a win or draw Tuesday against Uruguay, while Uruguay has to win to keep playing. Japan needs a win against Colombia to keep its hopes alive. Read more in SPORTS.