The Brief

A supporter of the No vote waves a Greek flag in front of the parliament after the results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

What's Next for Europe?

Europe's leaders are faced with a tough choice after Greek voters rejected austerity conditions attached to a new bailout: fundamentally alter their policies for dragging Europe back to prosperity, or lose a member of a currency union that was meant to represent the political and economic strength of the continent

Pope Francis waves next to Ecuador President Rafael Correa upon his arrival to Quito, Ecuador, on July 5, 2015.

Pope Francis Returns to South America

Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America on Sunday for the first time, beginning a nine-day tour that will take him to three of the continent's poorest countries.

Confederate flags are seen prior to practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

NASCAR Fans Defend Confederate Flag

The NASCAR racing series and its tracks recently asked fans to stop waving the Confederate flag, but some fans chose to wave the banner anyway, saying they object.

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Trump Concedes Surprise at Intensity of Backlash

Business mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wasn't expecting such harsh corporate backlash to his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants. He conceded he "didn't know it was going to be quite this severe"

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Prison Escapee David Sweat Is Back in Jail

New York prison escapee David Sweat, who was shot and captured last week after a weeks-long manhunt, has been discharged from the hospital and moved to a new maximum security prison, officials said

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Coney Island Crowns a New King of Hot Dog Eating

Matt Stonie ate 62 hot dogs and buns to upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory

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Private Island Owners Fret About Climate Change

Famed illusionist David Copperfield is among the few handfuls who own private islands around the world. But he's also part of an even more exclusive club: Island owners who say they are concerned about climate change and are making efforts to address its impacts.

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Leaders Seek Next Steps for Civil Rights Momentum

As the 2016 election draws near, leaders of civil rights organizations are thinking about how to move the conversation generated through the black lives matter movement into more intense civic engagement. "We have to get out the vote,” one advocate said

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Man Dies in Fourth of July Fireworks Accident

A 22-year-old man died in Maine as a result of a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, officials said. Devon Staples, 22, was killed instantly after he put a fireworks mortar on his head. He had apparently been drinking