Wall St. ends higher but energy stocks fall and Greece hopes waver 5:53pm EDT

- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday but were down from earlier highs as energy stocks declined and Greece's debt crisis showed no clear signs of resolution. | Video

Chief of Mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana Jeffrey DeLaurentis (L) shakes hands with Cuba's interim Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina in Havana July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

U.S., Cuba tear down that wall

HAVANA/WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba formally agreed to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years.  Full Article | Video 

Soldiers march during a ceremony to fire a cannon at 4:25 p.m., the time the death of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez was announced, at the 4F military fort in Caracas, June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy

WASHINGTON - The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior administration official.  Full Article 

Barbadian singer, actress and fashion designer Rihanna arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2015 celebrating the opening of "China: Through the Looking Glass," in Manhattan, New York May 4, 2015.    REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Rihanna first to top 100 million digital singles

LOS ANGELES - Grammy-winning R&B singer Rihanna is the first artist to surpass more than 100 million cumulative digital singles, the Recording Industry Association of America said.  Full Article 

Police are seen as demonstrators gather near Camden Yards to protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore April 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Sait Serkan Gurbuz

Baltimore to put cameras in police vans

BALTIMORE - Video cameras will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. The city will also review riot gear used by police during the unrest.  Full Article 

Islamic State weaves web of support

Police cordon off the Imam Sadiq Mosque after a bomb explosion following Friday prayers, in the Al Sawaber area of Kuwait City June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jassim Mohammed

KUWAIT/DUBAI - An attack on a Kuwait mosque that killed 27 people last week highlights Islamic State's increasingly complex network of support.  Full Article 

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Oregonians cheer pot legalization

Hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts light up celebratory joints in the street as recreational use is officially made legal in Oregon. Vanessa Johnston reports.