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Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 8:21 am

1. POLICE NAME SUSPECT IN SANTA MONICA SHOOTINGS

Authorities named 23-year-old John Zawahri as the suspect in the Santa Monica shooting spree that left four people dead on Friday. According to reports, he killed his father, Samir "Sam" Zawahri, and brother, Chris Zawahri, in a Santa Monica house before carjacking a woman and firing at a public bus. John Zawahri, who was killed by police at Santa Monica College, allegedly had suffered mental health issues. [CNN]

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2. NORTH AND SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS ARRANGE TALKS

Delegations from North and South Korea met on their border on Sunday to arrange their first minister-level talks in six years following months of tensions marked by a North Korean nuclear test, international sanctions and threats of war. The meeting at the "truce village" of Panmunjom was the most concrete sign that the two Koreas were easing tensions and moving toward a thaw. [New York Times]

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3. UDALL DOUBTS NECESSITY OF NSA SPYING

Sen. Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday's edition of State of the Union that he was skeptical about whether a vast phone record-tracking program was needed to thwart potential terrorist attacks. The Guardian reported this week that under a government order, Verizon has turned over millions of phone records to the National Security Agency — part of a program that intelligence leaders on Capitol Hill said helped foil at least one terrorist plot. [Politico]

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4. OBAMA AND CHINESE PRESIDENT AGREE TO LOWER GREENHOUSE GASES

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement to wind down the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a class of chemicals commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. The measure could mark a key step toward eliminating potent greenhouse gases. The U.S. and China will work together for the first time to persuade other countries to join the effort to slash or eliminate the use of the chemicals. [Washington Post]

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5. BOOKER ANNOUNCES SENATE CANDIDACY

Newark Mayor Cory Booker officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at a news conference in New Jersey on Saturday. Booker will run to fill the seat left open after the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. [NBC News]

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6. SOUTH AFRICA PRAYS AS MANDELA REMAINS IN HOSPITAL

Former South African President Nelson Mandela spent a second night in the hospital for treatment for a lung infection. His condition on Saturday was described as serious but stable. It is the third time he has been admitted to the hospital this year. [BBC]

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7. JURY SELECTION FOR GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL BEGINS MONDAY

Jury selection begins on Monday in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin last year. Lawyers estimate that the trial will last four to eight weeks. Much of that time is expected to be spent picking a six-person jury that can be open-minded. A Florida judge listened Saturday to a third day of testimony to decide if voice-recognition experts, who were hired to analyze 911 calls made in which screams can be heard, should be allowed at the trial. The screams are crucial pieces of evidence since they could determine who the aggressor was in the confrontation. [Reuters, ABC News]

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8. WEAKENED ANDREA BREAKS RAINFALL RECORDS

Tropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, smashed rainfall totals across the Northeast and pushed some streams and creeks over their banks but sped up the Eastern Seaboard without causing major damage. The storm was expected to reach Canadian waters by Sunday. [ABC News]

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9. NBA'S COLLINS MARCHES IN GAY PRIDE PARADE

NBA center Jason Collins, the first active athlete in one of the four U.S. major professional sports leagues to come out as being gay, marched Saturday in Boston's gay pride parade with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, his roommate at Stanford University. The parade also featured former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, the first sitting member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. [TIME]

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10. SERENA WILLIAMS WINS FRENCH OPEN

Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship in more than a decade. Williams beat Maria Sharapova on Saturday. At 31, Williams is the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova took honors at Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33. Rafael Nadal will take on David Ferrer in the men's finals today. [NPR]

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