After vote win, Greek leaders face pressure to restart talks ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Despite triumphing in a popular vote against austerity, Greece's leaders Monday faced the urgent need to heal ties with European creditors and reach a financial rescue deal to prevent it from falling out of the euro - possibly within days. "Time is of the essence," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after discussing the Greek crisis with French President Francois Hollande in Paris. "(Greek) proposals have to be on the table this week."
What's next, as Greece stumbles toward euro exit FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Greece is at the last chance saloon, thirsty and out of credit. Next stop could be the badlands of euro exit. Without a deal on more bailout loans, the heavily indebted country faces looming financial hurdles in the coming days.
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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. The white senator, who for decades fought off attempts to remove the flag from Statehouse grounds, has come to the same conclusion that his black colleague arrived at long ago - that the rebel flag no longer represents the valor of Southern soldiers but the racism that led the South to separate from the United States more than 150 years ago.
Iran pushes for end to arms embargo in nuke deal VIENNA (AP) - A day before the new deadline for a nuclear accord, Iran pushed on Monday for an end to the U.N. arms embargo on the country - a parallel deal that the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran's Mideast power and influence. Speaking on the eve of an already-extended target date for a complete agreement, a senior Iranian official and a U.S. official said Iran and the six world powers it is negotiating with are also working on a U.N. resolution that would endorse any future nuclear deal.
Atlantic City betting big on non-gambling attractions ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's efforts to recapture some of the tourism dollars it has lost to casino competition in recent years finally appear to be working. Nine years ago, the city's casinos started realizing they needed to offer more than just gambling if they still wanted visitors. They doubled down on expensive investments like additional hotel towers, restaurants, swimming pools, spas, shopping, nightclubs and concert venues.
Fraying family ties cut to heart of theater gunman's defense CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and don't want him to die. But more than two months into his mass-murder trial, James Holmes has rarely turned around in his seat to acknowledge them.
Day of extremist violence across Nigeria kills more than 60 JOS, Nigeria (AP) - A day of extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria killed more than 60 people, including worshippers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preaching peaceful coexistence of all faiths. Militants from Boko Haram were blamed for the bombings Sunday night at a crowded mosque and a posh Muslim restaurant in the central city of Jos; a suicide bombing earlier at an evangelical Christian church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, and attacks in several northeastern villages where dozens of churches and about 300 homes were torched.
A win, then a hug: Serena Williams tops Venus at Wimbledon LONDON (AP) - Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus - older, taller, stronger - who usually beat Serena. Never a fan of losing to her sibling - who would be? - Serena cheated a tad every so often, lying about whether Venus' shots landed in or out.
Nyong'o, Blunt sparkle at Christian Dior couture garden show PARIS (AP) - Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o and Emily Blunt sparkled in the heat at Christian Dior's vivid couture show set in a timeless conservatory in Paris. It was the highlight of Monday's fall-winter 2015-16 Paris Fashion Week shows, which also included Schiaparelli.