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Three big questions about what happens next in Greece’s debt crisis

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Greek people have voted no to their bailout, no to austerity, and, quite possibly, no to the euro itself. That last part, though, depends on what the European Central Bank does in the coming days. Now, in the end, the “nos” won a landslide 61 percent in Greece’s referendum over whether to accept Europe’s bailout. But given the stakes, there was a little bit of farce about it. Greece …

Morning after: Greeks united, proud of their defiance

Monday, July 6, 2015

Nicky Zachary closed her family’s shoe store just a few hours after opening it Monday after the few customers who had strolled in hadn’t bought a thing. But she was not discouraged – she thinks a landmark “no” vote in a nationwide referendum has bonded Greeks together. “We can live with very little …

Seventh-Day Adventists consider gender roles

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists are meeting this week to face an issue as divisive as any in the Protestant group’s 152-year history: Does the Bible allow women to be ordained as clergy? The question has special complexity for Adventists, who to this day revere one of their founders who saw visions …

Massachusetts paid sick time requirement set to take effect

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When a paid sick time requirement takes effect in Massachusetts on Wednesday, state officials say the focus will be on educating employers about the new law, not punishing any for noncompliance. Voters backed a ballot question in November allowing workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid …

2 years after spying flap, U.S., Brazil seek to turn the page

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward …

Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled off the daring escape, …

Greece hits new low as bailout to expire, default looms

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss on Tuesday as the bailout program it has relied on for five years was set to expire and eurozone finance chiefs decided not to extend it a new financial lifeline. Denied …

Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department draft report that found across-the-board flaws in …

Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5-4 along ideological …

Republican Gov. LePage vetoes $6.7 billion Maine budget

Monday, June 29, 2015

Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the $6.7 billion state budget on Monday, scolding lawmakers for rejecting his efforts to overhaul the state’s tax code and welfare programs and accusing them of passing a status-quo spending plan just so they can return home for the summer. In a …

U.S. stocks notch worst day of year as Greek crisis escalates

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fears that Greece’s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year. Investors fled from stocks in Europe and the U.S. and retreated to the safety …

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death penalty …

Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked

Monday, June 29, 2015

Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has …