Morning Edition for Monday, June 16, 2014

The offensive is in North Waziristan, a tribal area in the mountains bordering Afghanistan, and a haven for the Taliban and other militants. Tens of thousands of residents are pouring out of the area.
The takeover of much of Iraq — one of the hubs of the Middle East — by extremist militants has shaken the region. How do Iraq's neighbors see the conflict rippling throughout the area?
A few weeks ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers spotted an unfamiliar moth in a shipment of organic soybeans. It was a small victory in the effort to prevent the spread of exotic pests.
The beloved elephant was killed by ivory poachers despite monitoring efforts. Renee Montagne talks to Richard Moller, the founder of Tsavo Trust, which works for the survival of Africa's elephants.

Bachelor Party Attendees Make Rare Discovery

A bachelor party was "cruising by" the lake shore at Elephant Butte State Park in New Mexico when they spotted the skull of a mastodon, with its teeth and tusks intact.
After months of analysis about America's chances in Brazil, it's time for the U.S. men's soccer team to play. Monday's game against Ghana begins a U.S. campaign through the so-called group of death.
Insulin monitors and pumps are getting better, but a person with diabetes will tell you they're far from ideal. Potential solutions include one that delivers two hormones to control blood sugar.
Starbucks will pay for the online college education of thousands of its U.S. employees, according to The New York Times. The program is part of a partnership with Arizona State University.
About 80 countries will be represented over the next two days at a State Department conference. They will discuss overfishing and pollution with government officials, scientists and business leaders.
After years of concern about prices and wages going up too much, central banks are worried about too little inflation. Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.

Large Blue Diamond Unearthed In South Africa

The Petra mining company says it's found a blue diamond that's more than 122 carats. The largest rough diamond ever found was discovered in the same mine back in 1905.
A Sunni militant group has captured swaths of Iraq including Mosul and the province surrounding it. Late Sunday, there were reports that the group had also seized Tal Afar.
Linda Wertheimer talks to Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief Ned Parker about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's time in office, and how his policies have contributed to deteriorating security conditions.
When the drugs first appeared, U.S. law enforcement officials had a tough time figuring out what they contained and where they came from. One source was a lab in Shanghai.

Legendary Radio Host Casey Kasem Dies At 82

Kasem hosted American Top 40 for four decades. Kasem also made a career as a voice actor. He was the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby Doo cartoon series for nearly 40 years.

Rescuer Goes Out On A Limb To Save Cat

In Erie, Pa., firefighters rescued a cat and the woman who tired to get it out of a tree. Stuck in the top branches was Tara Dennis, according to the Erie Times-News.
Afghans went to the polls on Saturday to vote for a successor to Hamid Karzai who's ruled since 2001. Former foreign minister Adbullah Abdullah faced off against former finance minister Ashraf Ghani.
A federal judge in Chicago will decide on Monday whether to end the federal monitoring of hiring, firing and promotions in city government to ensure politics is not a part of the process.

Power To The Health Data Geeks

There's a gold rush on in health information technology. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are betting on companies that aim to help consumers, insurers and providers save money.
In 2009 Peter Silberman turned a breakup into a breakthrough, the critically acclaimed concept album Hospice. His band's latest release, Familiars, is a journey inward.
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