The Brief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a debate on the Greek financial crisis, at the German parliament , the Bundestag , in Berlin on July 1, 2015.
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Germany Calls Greece's Bluff

A national referendum on the terms of the financial bailout Greece needs to stay solvent was supposed to have been Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's trump card in negotiations with Germany and other creditors — but he may have overestimated his supporters' resolve

San Francisco Celebrates Gay Pride With Annual Parade

Episcopalians Vote to Allow Gay Marriage in Churches

Episcopalians have voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The vote came Wednesday in Salt Lake City at the denomination's national assembly

Azusa Iwashimizu,Saori Ariyoshi, Steph Houghton

English Loss Sets Up Japan-U.S.A. World Cup Soccer Final

Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right and crossed for Yuki Ogimi

Albuquerque Motel Shootings

Ex-CNN Reporters Survive a Motel Shootout

Two former CNN reporters, Chuck de Caro and his wife Lynne Russell, got more than they bargained for when they stopped at an Albuquerque Motel 6 on June 30 in the middle of a cross-country road trip. A gun-wielding intruder allegedly forced his way into their room

Sharon Tate [Misc.];Charles Manson [Misc.];Susan D. Atkins

Lifetime Greenlights Flick About Charles Manson’s Girls

Charles Manson’s circle of women are getting their own Lifetime movie. The cable network has given a thumbs up to Manson’s Lost Girls, a flick about the circle of teenage girls who fell for Charles Manson, that will star Jeff Ward as the mass murderer

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Dukes of Hazzard Star Rips TV Land for Dropping Show

John Schneider is blasting TV Land for its decision to erase from its schedule — due its depiction of the Confederate flag — reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard, the wholesome show that made the actor a teen idol in the 1980s.

Key Speakers At The Year Ahead: 2014 Conference

This Muslim Is Giving $32 Billion to Charity

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia says he will give his entire personal fortune to charity as "an intrinsic part" of his Islamic faith. The sum of $32 billion, will be made over to his own foundation, Alwaleed Philanthropies, to which he has already given $3.5 billion

Earns Whole Foods

Whole Foods Admits to Overcharging Customers

Following an investigation that revealed the grocery store chain Whole Foods was overcharging customers in New York City for some products, the company released a video Wednesday vowing to fix the problem


Danes Complete Karmic Circle by Recycling Urine Into Beer

Urine gathered from festival-goers at Roskilde — the largest music festival in Northern Europe — is being turned into fertilizer for barley used to make beer, as part of a special project being conducted by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council

Tunisia Attack

12 People Detained in Tunisia Hotel Attack Probe

A Tunisian official says that about 12 people have been detained in the investigation into a massacre at a beach resort that killed 38 people, mostly British tourists. The gunman was killed by security personnel