Greece votes on high-stakes bailout referendum
Greeks started casting ballots early Sunday in the closely watched bailout referendum, with opinion polls showing people evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:09:03 -0400
On his native turf, Pope Francis touches on cherished issues
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:14:31 -0400
Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring
LONDON (AP) On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis.
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:10:56 -0400
America celebrates July 4 with hot dogs and barbecues amid tightened security
Americans marched in star-spangled parades, ran relay races, gathered for fireworks shows and crowned a new world hot dog eating champion as they celebrated Independence Day in traditional style on Saturday. Possible security threats, wildfires in the West and rainy weather on the East Coast apparently did little to dampen the spirits of celebrants decked out in red, white and blue from their headbands to their shoelaces. Crowds at Boston's Old State House erupted in applause and cannons shot out tri-color confetti after the annual July Fourth reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:03:58 -0400
At least 14 hospitalized after deck collapses in North Carolina
A deck on a house on the North Carolina coast collapsed on Saturday as a family gathered for a photo, and at least 14 people were rushed to the hospital including several in critical condition, officials said. The wooden deck at the house overlooking the ocean in Emerald Isle was one-storey high, officials said. The injured were transported to hospitals from the scene, which is about 60 miles (96 km) northeast of Wilmington, police said.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:57:17 -0400
A family divided: Emotions run high as Greeks vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) Dimitris is voting "yes" because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting "no" because she is tired of richer European nations bossing Greece around.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:09:01 -0400
Obama speechwriter reveals secret same-sex marriage at White House
During a special presentation of the popular live storytelling podcast The Moth at this years Aspen Ideas festival, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett shared a story about how, years before gay marriage would become legal nationwide, he secretly performed a same-sex marriage at the White House.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:51:12 -0400
Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack
President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by jihadists that he said had left Tunisia facing a "special type of war". In a televised address to the nation, Essebsi said the state of emergency, effective from Saturday for a 30-day period, was decided on after consultations with the parliament speaker and prime minister. A state of emergency, granting special powers to the police and army, was in force for three years up until March 2014, following longtime secular president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's ouster in a 2011 revolution.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:18:37 -0400
Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades
Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:37:29 -0400
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