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

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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

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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

A Baltimore Police transfer van pulls into the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center on May 7, 2015.

Baltimore Will Put Working Cameras in Police Vans

The Baltimore Police Department is installing video cameras capable of recording in its vans following protests over the April death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered severe injuries in the back of a police van


Robot Kills Man at Volkswagen Plant

A robot crushed a worker at a Volkswagen production plant in Germany, the company said Wednesday. The 22-year-old man was helping to put together the stationary robot that grabs and configures auto parts when the machine grabbed him

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The president announced that US and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries' historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama Says U.S. and Cuban Embassies Will Open

President Obama called the reopening of U.S. and Cuban embassies after a half-century a "historic step forward," but pushed Congress to go further and end the trade embargo with the island nation. "We begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas," he said


Shark Strikes Yet Again in North Carolina

A man was attacked by a seven-foot shark in Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, the seventh attack in two months in the state. The victim was able to swim to safety, but is currently suffering from injuries to his rib cage, hip, hands and lower leg