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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

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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

Donald Trump at a meeting with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board in Chicago on June 29, 2015 in Chicago.

Macy's Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

Macy’s said on Wednesday it was phasing out its Donald Trump line of menswear as a result of the Republican presidential candidate’s derogatory comments last week about Mexican immigrants

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Nearly 10M Americans Still Use Tanning Beds

The number of U.S. adults who use indoor tanning beds—which are strongly linked to skin cancer—declined to 4.2% in 2013 from 5.5% in 2010, according to new research, but there are still about 7.8 million women and 1.9 million men using them

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This July 4 Holiday Could Be the Deadliest in Years

With highway fatalities already rising after years of steady decline, the upcoming July Fourth holiday could be a particularly deadly one. Experts estimates as many as 409 Americans will be killed on the road during the weekend

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Markets Rise as Greece Makes Concessions

Greece made new concessions in talks with its creditors, though some European officials said they were not good enough and that a deal was impossible before a Greek referendum on Sunday

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Alabama Ordered to Comply With Gay Marriage Ruling

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled that probate judges were not permitted to begrudge same-sex couples their marriage licenses now that the Supreme Court has deemed prohibitions on gay marriage unconstitutional

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50 Dead in Attack on Egyptian Army Checkpoints

Islamist militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said. An ISIS affiliate claimed credit

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How Text Messages Are Prompting Swedes to Give Blood

Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden sends texts to blood donors acknowledging their contribution, and then again to say thanks when the blood has been dispensed to someone in need. As a result, the system has seen a resurgence in donations

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Neve Campbell Joins House of Cards

Neve Campbell is heading to Washington. The former Party of Five and Scream star has been added as a series regular to Netflix’s flagship show. She is currently filming for season 4, though her exact role is unknown