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Brazilian President Defends Country's World Cup Readiness

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, saying her country is ready to host the World Cup football tournament opening Thursday, dismissed criticism of the massive costs of staging the event.    Angry protests have erupted in recent months across Brazil over the $11 billion spent to build stadium and transportation projects in the 12 host cities. Demonstrators say the projects have siphoned money away from other services, such as health and education, and have blamed the huge cost...

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