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Top Stories: Iraqi Government Criticized; Benefits For Gay Couples

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- Iraq Needs A New Government, Leading Shiite Cleric Says.

-- Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits.

And here are more early headlines:

Rain Forecast For Parts Of Flooded Midwest. ()

World Refugee Population Highest Since World War II. ( UNHCR)

Former Premier Berlusconi Appeals Italian Sex Crime Conviction. ( Reuters)

Flash Flooding Leaves 10 Dead In Bulgaria. ( Deutsche Welle)

Stockholm Lockdown Ends As Man Surrenders To Swedish Police. ( Wall Street Journal)

Alleged Tampering At Houston Crime Lab Jeopardizes Convictions. ( Houston Chronicle)

Pope Francis Opposes Marijuana Legalization Efforts. ( AP)

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Korva Coleman is a newscaster for NPR.