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Greece's parliament voted early Sunday in favor of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' motion to hold a July 5 referendum on creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for loans.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Confusion Reigns in Greece

Greek voters facing a momentous vote Sunday that may determine the country's future in Europe can be forgiven for scratching their heads when they read the ballot question that has to be marked with a "yes" or a "no"

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations April 27, 2015, in New York City.

Key Leader Says Iran 'Never Closer' to a Deal

In a YouTube video posted in English, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed optimism that a deal could be reached in talks between Iran and six world powers over the country's nuclear program.

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Officials Ramp Up Security for Fourth of July

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put his state's emergency operations center on higher alert because of warnings by the federal government about a greater threat of terrorist attacks over the July Fourth holiday

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands After Record-Breaking Journey

A plane powered by the sun's rays has landed in Hawaii after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. Solar Impulse 2 is flying without fuel, using 17,000 solar cells charge batteries that run on stored energy at night

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One Last Ride for the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included

Convicted Murderers Escape From New York State Prison

Prison Escapee Sent Letter to Daughter Before Breakout

Richard Matt, the prison escapee who was shot and killed by police, reportedly sent his daughter a letter shortly before breaking out of Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, saying, "I always promised you I would see you on the outside"

Trump Organization Inc. CEO Donald Trump Announces Whether He Will Run For President

Hispanic Leaders Say Republicans Must Condemn Trump

Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists

Meghan Trainor Performs At Le Trianon

Meghan Trainor Postpones Tour Dates

Ticketholders to Meghan Trainor's concerts in New Jersey and Connecticut this Fourth of July weekend will have to find new plans. She has postponed the two tour dates after a vocal cord hemorrhage caused her doctors to put her on complete vocal rest

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills Senior ISIS Leader

A coalition airstrike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State leader, who has been responsible for moving fighters and weapons from Libya to Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday. Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi, a Tunisian, was killed along with another fighter


Mastercard Tests Selfies to Verify Online Purchases

MasterCard customers may soon be able to make their online purchases more secure by verifying their identity with a selfie. The company will soon start testing a new technology that will allow shoppers to use facial scans to prevent fraudulent purchases


Alligator Kills Texas Man on Late-Night Swim

A 28-year-old Texas man was fatally attacked by an alligator. Tommie Woodward had gone for a late-night swim in a private marina near the Louisiana border when the alligator struck, severely injuring one of his limbs