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THE LATEST: Greeks march to show support for staying in euro

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 04:16 AM

7:15 p.m. (1715 GMT, 1:15 p.m. EDT)

Thousands of people are gathering outside the Greek parliament in central Athens to show support for the country's future in the eurozone and the European Union.

It's the latest in a series of peaceful protests organized in recent days by demonstrators friendly to the government's anti-austerity agenda as well as supporters of the country's future within the currency and political union.

Attendees have included, respectively, cabinet ministers and opposition lawmakers.


SC governor calls for Confederate flag to come down

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 04:04 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of the state capitol, reversing her position on the divisive symbol amid growing calls for it to be removed.

The Republican's about-face Monday comes after nine black church members were gunned down, allegedly by a young white man who embraced the flag as a symbol of white supremacy.


White House: Obama doesn't regret using racial epithet

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 04:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama doesn't regret using the N-word to make a point about racial progress in an interview.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says the White House isn't surprised that the president uttering a word used as a racial slur would stir controversy.

But Earnest says Obama didn't plan in advance to use the word to be provocative.

He says Obama was speaking in a free-flowing, casual interview for a podcast and trying to make the point that ending racism is about more than manners.


Possible sighting causes shift in manhunt for killers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 02:51 AM

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — State police have moved their manhunt for two convicted murderers to an area west of the New York prison from which they boldly escaped more than two weeks ago, as officers begin investigating the latest sighting.

Investigators and military trucks converged on Mountain View, a hamlet in Franklin County, late Sunday. Just hours before hundreds had searched two towns more than 350 miles away, following an unconfirmed but credible report of another sighting.


Bill Cosby's lawyers ask judge to toss out defamation suit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 02:21 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A federal judge should throw out a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby filed by three women accusing him of decades-old sex crimes because the remarks were personal opinions protected under the U.S. Constitution, his lawyers said Monday.

Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz say in their lawsuit that their reputations were tarnished after the comedian, through his representatives, defended himself as they stepped forward in recent years with accusations against him.


Huge undertaking, dredging of Hudson for PCBs, nears its end

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 02:09 AM

WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Long after the last dredging barge leaves the upper Hudson River, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels.

General Electric Co. expects to finish this year removing some 2.7 million cubic yards of contaminated river sediment under its Superfund agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. After six years of digging, crews will have removed most of the PCBs on the river bottom discharged decades ago from two GE plants upriver.


Apple changes tune on royalties after Swift complains

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 12:05 AM

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Apple says it's bowing to concerns raised by pop superstar Taylor Swift. The giant tech company now plans to pay royalties to artists and record labels during a free, three-month trial of its new streaming music service.

Swift had pulled her latest album from the Apple Music service and criticized the company in an open letter to her fans on Sunday, saying it wasn't fair that artists and labels wouldn't be paid directly for the use of their music during the trial period.


10 Things to Know for Monday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 09:02 PM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

1. EMANUEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH OPENS ITS DOORS

The historic church where a white gunman is accused of killing nine black members welcomes friends and strangers for its first worship service since the shooting.

2. WHAT GOT A GREEN LIGHT

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed on behalf of Muslims with no ties to terrorism, who were rounded up after the Sept. 11 attacks.


1 of 3 officers in Washington farmworker's shooting resigns

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 07:07 PM

PASCO, Washington (AP) — One of the three Pasco police officers who shot and killed an immigrant farmworker in a busy intersection earlier this year has resigned from the department.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://is.gd/tsFjLi ) that nine-year veteran Ryan Flanagan submitted his resignation letter Thursday. Pasco City Manager Dave Zabell said it's effective as of July 2.


Health insurer Cigna rejects Anthem takeover bid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 05:49 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Health insurer Cigna has rejected a $47 billion offer to be acquired by its larger rival, Anthem.

Cigna's board says the proposal is inadequate and not in the interests of its shareholders, according to a letter released Sunday by Cigna, which is based in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The letter outlined several objections to the deal.

Anthem has had talks with Cigna about a deal since last year. After failing to reach agreement on earlier proposals, Indianapolis-based Anthem went public with its latest offer on Saturday.


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