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Greek vote campaign begins amid crisis

The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro.

Egypt’s warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai

Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area’s bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack.

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks

Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.

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New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls

Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers.

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Sonia Manzano retiring from ‘Sesame Street’

"Sesame Street” is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring.

Kansas gun dealer to pay $132K to woman for selling to felon

Owners of a southeast Kansas gun shop sued for selling a weapon that a man used to kill himself and his 8-year-old son have reached a $132,000 settlement with the child's mother, according to lawyers in the case.

Overcoming hostilities, US and Cuba to open embassies

After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.

Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture

The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions to its creditors, but was rebuffed — Eurozone finance ministers refused to negotiate any more aid until the referendum clears up what the country wants.

Maine crews use drone to rescue 2 boys from raging river

Officials in Maine used a drone to help deliver a life jacket to a boy stranded on a rock in the middle of a raging river before bringing him and another boy to safety.

Arkansas soldiers receive Purple Hearts after 2009 attack

After more than six years of letters, appeals and finally a change in federal law, an Arkansas soldier who was killed and another who was wounded in a 2009 shooting outside of a Little Rock Army-Navy recruiting center were awarded Purple Hearts on Wednesday.

Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh attack in the state’s coastal waters in less than three weeks.

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As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags.

Confidential UN report positive on Iran nuclear commitments

Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.

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Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 64 troops

Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 64 soldiers, officials said.

US stocks gain as Greece appears willing to negotiate

U.S. stocks closed higher as investors hoped a deal can be struck on Greece’s debt issues.

US probing airline collusion on high fares

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press.

30th anniversary of 'Future' celebrated

Thousands went back in time as one of the largest movie audiences ever in one place gathered to watch “Back to the Future” at the Hollywood Bowl in a celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary.

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Remains of schooner raised from Lake Champlain back to Navy

The remains of a Revolutionary War battleship that burned and sank as the Americans and British struggled for control of Lake Champlain will be in the hands of the U.S. Navy in time for the Fourth of July.

Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement’s response.

Teens storm Georgia Walmart in wild rampage of destruction

Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Walmart in Macon, smashing merchandise and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.