Greece hits new low as bailout to expire, default looms ATHENS, Greece (AP) - 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 a last-minute bailout extension, the country was also due to become the first developed nation to miss a payment to the International Monetary Fund.
Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerks who refuse licenses MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday morning to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job." Moments later, she turned away a lesbian couple who walked in and asked for a license, telling them to try another county.
Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) - A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe. The Republican governor, a one-time GOP favorite who faded and now tries to climb back, lashed out at "bickering leaders" from both political parties in a kickoff rally in the gymnasium of his old high school. And in his trademark blunt style, he told voters - and warned Republican rivals - that he's ready to be aggressive in the 2016 contest.
Since 1981, Bush paid an average tax rate of 36 percent DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush paid an average federal income tax rate of 36 percent over the past three decades. That's according to tax returns Bush posted online Tuesday. The records detail the Republican presidential candidate's earnings and tax payments since 1981.
Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs NEW YORK (AP) - Fallout from Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with the outspoken mogul, and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which Trump partly owns. Ora TV became the latest company to cut ties with Trump over remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech, declaring that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists.
Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - 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, a state official said Tuesday. The 12-member group is in addition to the guard and the prison tailor shop instructor who have been arrested on charges they helped the escapees.
California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. Brown, a Democrat, issued a signing statement just one day after lawmakers sent him the bill to strike California's personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The bill takes effect next year.
Harvard athlete among 1st openly transgender NCAA swimmers CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women's swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men's team instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA. "It's half terrifying and half exciting," said Bailar, a 19-year-old from McLean, Virginia. "I'm just kind of embracing it with open arms."