Ukraine discussed in Normandy...French thanks on D-Day anniversary...Drone strike justification

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Updated: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:15:18 EST

OUISTREHAM, France (AP) — Today's D-Day commemorations in France have provided an opportunity for the U.S., Russian and incoming Ukrainian presidents to speak face-to-face about ending Ukraine's violence. The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Ukrainian president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, both called for a quick end to the bloodshed in southeastern Ukraine. The White House says President Barack Obama and Putin had a 15-minute conversation on the topic on the sidelines of a lunch.

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Silent salutes, tears and displays of international friendship have marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in a ceremony on the beaches of Normandy. French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') told the handful of surviving veterans in attendance, "Thank you for having been here in the summer of '44." Earlier in the day, he paid tribute to U.S. soldiers buried at the Normandy American Cemetery, saying "long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty."

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government wants to give the public less information about its legal justification for using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas. The Justice Department, Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency are telling a federal appeals court in Manhattan that it must make furthers redactions to the document or risk "exceptionally grave harm to national security." Lawyers for The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union say the delayed release is preventing a fair debate over the issue.

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Pacific University says it was a student building monitor who stopped a gunman on the school's campus yesterday, possibly saving lives. Police say Jon Meis (mees) pepper-sprayed the gunman as he paused to reload. The 22-year-old was then able to subdue the suspect, with the help of others. A roommate tells the Seattle Time that Meis seemed to be in shock afterward. A 19-year-old man was killed in the attack and two others were injured. Police say the suspect was not a student at the school.

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Sadness is the word residents of Moncton, New Brunswick, and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police commander are using to describe their feelings after the capture of a gunman suspected in the killing of three RCMP officers. Police found 24-year-old Justin Bourque in a wooded neighborhood just after midnight. The shootings Wednesday night were the first this year in Moncton. Gun violence is rare in the city of 69,000 people. The RCMP says the city had no homicides last year.

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