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Chris Christie
Matt Rourke—AP

Born to Run?

As Christie launches his White House bid on Tuesday, his approach echoes the craggy vocals of his musical hero, a beloved figure in the Garden State with whom the politically ambitious Christie has had a tortured relationship — Bruce Springsteen

Vatican Pope Pallium

Pope's Schedule for Upcoming U.S. Trip Announced

The Vatican has released the full schedule for Pope Francis' September Apostolic Journey to the U.S., which includes meeting with President Obama, an address at the U.N. General Assembly and a "multi-religious service" at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Europe Greece Bailout Yanis Varoufakis

Greece Will Not Pay IMF Debt Due Tuesday

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed that the country will not make its payment due Tuesday to the International Monetary Fund. German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered a bit of hope, saying, "The door is open for talks"


Millions More Americans Will Qualify for Overtime

Millions more American workers will be eligible for overtime under new eligibility rules to be released Tuesday by the Obama Administration that will more than double the maximum salary exemption to $50,440

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answers questions from employees of Nephron Pharmaceutical Company June 29, 2015 in West Columbia, South Carolina.

Jeb Bush to Release 33 Years Of Tax Returns

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will set a record for transparency when he releases 33 years of tax returns Tuesday, topping the 30 years released by Bob Dole in 1996

APTOPIX Washington Wildfire

Washington State Wildfire Victims Return to Burnt Homes

Tom Bryant watched the central Washington state wildfire advance up a hillside toward his home, then turned to tell his wife it was time to evacuate. That's when the front door burst open and a firefighter rushed in. "He ran in the door and said to get out," Bryant recalls

kabul Afghanistan explosion

Suicide Car Bomb Explosion Shakes Afghan Capital

A suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed vehicle targeted a NATO military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding up to 22, police, military and government officials said

British British Home Secretary Theresa May Arrives In Tunisia Following The Terrorist Attack

Tunisian Beach Massacre: Arrests Made

An unspecified number of individuals suspected of having links to last Friday's Tunisian beach massacre have been arrested by Tunisian authorities. "We will find all those involved, whether it was just logistical support or not," said Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli

Puerto Rico Struggles With Impending Debt Crisis

Puerto Rico’s Debt Is Worse Than Detroit’s Debt Was

Puerto Rico is in 3½ times as much debt as Detroit was in when it filed Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013. The island's $72 billion debt is larger per capita than any state, but the island's government can't file bankruptcy like Detroit did


A U.S. Flag Filter Is Being Used to Protest Gay Marriage

Some Americans are using a web service by to add an American flag filter to their Facebook profile photos as part of the backlash against the legalization of gay marriage. The move is a response to Facebook's "Celebrate Pride" rainbow filter stock photos Health Syringe Needle

California Lawmakers Pass Strict School Vaccine Bill

The California senate has passed a bill that requires most children in public schools to get vaccinations and ends exemptions from vaccinations for personal beliefs. Governor Jerry Brown has not said whether he will sign the bill