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Greece defaults on IMF payment despite last-minute overtures to creditors

ATHENS - Greece's last-minute overtures to international creditors for financial aid on Tuesday were not enough to save the country from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund. | Video

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U.S. Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk

LIVINGSTON, N.J. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched an uphill run for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with his trademark brashness, offering up his blunt talk and willingness to tackle tough issues as the cure for Washington dysfunction. | Video

U.S., Politics 30 Jun 2015

U.S. Justice Dept. cites missteps by police during Ferguson unrest

- Police responding to race-related protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer made a series of missteps, including antagonizing crowds with attack dogs and military-style tactics, according to a U.S. Justice Department report.

Politics, U.S. 30 Jun 2015

U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

WASHINGTON/HAVANA - The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. | Video

World, Cuba 30 Jun 2015

KKK plans South Carolina rally as Confederate flag debate continues

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at South Carolina's capitol, where a statue of a former state governor who championed white supremacy was vandalized on Tuesday amid scrutiny of symbols associated with slavery.

30 Jun 2015

After 'gratifying' week, Obama sees long to-do list in time left

WASHINGTON - It did not match the week of his wedding or the weeks his daughters were born, but President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that last week was a particularly momentous one for him. | Video

30 Jun 2015

In some U.S. churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

JACKSON, Mich. - The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock.

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Crew of crashed Taiwan TransAsia plane shut off working engine: source

TAIPEI - The crew of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people on board, had shut off the working engine after the other lost power, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.