Aretha Franklin sings praises of Illinois after highway helpCHICAGO (AP) ? Aretha Franklin's spokesman says the Queen of Soul is grateful to the state of Illinois for its help when her tour bus broke down on the way to Chicago.
South Carolina lawmakers begin debate over Confederate flag
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ? South Carolina lawmakers on Monday began debating whether to bring the Confederate flag down outside the Capitol, starting with a pair of senators ? one white, one black ? whose families arrived in the state before the Civil War.
Fraying family ties cut to heart of theater gunman's defense
Federer, Murray in Wimbledon last eight, 'tanking' Kyrgios in trouble
Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday while controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios was under fire for 'tanking' in his last-16 exit. Seven-time champion Federer reached his 13th All England Club quarter-final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. The 33-year-old needed just 96 minutes to clinch victory and goes on to face French 12th seed Gilles Simon for a place in the semi-finals.
Germany, France press Greece to make credible proposals
By Julien Ponthus and Lefteris Papadimas PARIS/ATHENS (Reuters) - France and Germany told Greece to come up with serious proposals in order to restart financial aid talks, raising pressure on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to compromise a day after his country voted overwhelmingly against more austerity. After a meeting in Paris, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said Athens must move quickly if it wants to secure a cash-for-reform deal with international creditors and avoid crashing out of the euro. Raising the stakes on the Greek leader ahead of a euro-zone summit on Tuesday, the European Central Bank decided to keep a tight grip on funding to Greek banks, which have been closed for more than a week to avoid a massive outflow of money that could lead to their collapse.
ECB maintains liquidity aid but tightens conditions for Greek banks
The European Central Bank on Monday decided to maintain the emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) lifeline to Greek banks, but made it harder for them to access the funds. The ECB's governing council held a telephone conference call Monday evening on Greece's cash crisis after Greek voters rejected further austerity measures in a bailout referendum Sunday. "The Governing Council of the European Central Bank decided today to maintain the provision of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to Greek banks at the level decided on 26 June 2015 after discussing a proposal from the Bank of Greece," the Frankfurt-based bank said in a statement.
Spain's Rajoy says Greek talks must conclude quicklyMADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday said it was important that talks between Greece and its international creditors took place and were concluded quickly. "We must accelerate things, clearly set how negotiations must take place because we can't go on this way. We have negotiated, we will keep negotiating but we must now conclude the negotiations quickly," Rajoy said in a televised interview. ...
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Upscale Idaho town threatened by fire urged to flee homesBAYVIEW, Idaho (AP) ? Idaho fire managers are urging hundreds of residents to leave their homes in an upscale lakeside community threatened by wildfire.
US stocks fall after Greek 'no' vote; European markets sink
NEW YORK (AP) ? Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly in afternoon trading Monday following sharper drops in Europe and Asia as Greeks voted to reject the spending cuts and tax increases demanded by its creditors for additional loans.