In the Know: June 20, 2014

“From the beginning, 10 years ago, I knew that if you can spend one hour being sad and focusing on the negative, you’re not going to create anything. But if you spend that same hour trying to find solutions you can actually change something.” Petra Nemcova, on raising awareness for her Happy Hearts Fund which she started 10 years ago after surviving the Indian Ocean tsunami 

Nation 
President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. will not send troops back into combat in Iraq, but are preparing to take further action if necessary. The president also announced that he will be sending up to 300 military advisers to assist Iraqi security forces. He said the “best and most effective response” to the insurgents threatening Iraqi security will be a partnership with local Iraqi forces.

The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of “two people” instead of only “a man and a woman.”

World
U.S. Special Operations forces captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a suspected leader of the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, in a secret raid that took place over the weekend, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. Khatallah is the first person connected to the attack, which left four Americans dead, to be brought into custody

Russia is resuming its military buildup along the Ukrainian border in an apparent attempt to intimidate its neighbor, NATO’s chief said Thursday as Ukrainian government forces unleashed a major offensive against pro-Moscow insurgents.

Politics
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, coordinated fundraising with conservative groups as part of a nationwide “criminal scheme” to violate election laws, prosecutors said in court documents unsealed Thursday. Charges have not been filed yet. 

Business
GE Capital Retail Bank, excluded tens of thousands of Spanish-speaking credit card customers from a debt-reduction program it ran for two years, a pattern of discrimination that will cost the bank $169 million in fines, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Amazon shares rose 2.7% in trading Wednesday, because of the company’s announcement of the Fire: Amazon’s smartphone and answer to the marketplace competition of Apple and Samsung. 

Health
Approximatley 75 Atlanta-based workers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been unintentionally exposed to anthrax, the agency said Thursday. The FBI is coordinating with the investigation and there is no risk to public health

On Wedneday Dr. Mehmet Oz faced grilling by senators on Capitol Hill about the promotion of weight loss products on his show, The Dr. Oz Show. He is under scrutiny for promoting weight loss products without scientific backing. 

Women’s Affairs
On Thursday 11-year-old Lucy Li arrived at the 10th tee to begin her historic round in the 69th U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. The sixth grader, the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open, turned in a respectable 8-over-par 78 that included birdies on No. 1 and No. 5. Go Lucy! 

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