Greece hits new low as bailout to expire, default looms ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss on Tuesday, when the bailout program it has relied on for five years was set to expire and the country was due to become the first developed nation to miss a payment to the International Monetary Fund. After Greece made a last-ditch proposal to extend its bailout, the creditors decided in a teleconference that there was no way they could reach a deal.
Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Gamal Takaway has turned up the hustle, to no avail. The popular waiter who goes by the nickname Jimmy often steps out into the pedestrian street in front of the Taverna Plaka restaurant to cajole strollers into taking a table. But even his epic charm has failed since the Greek government shut the nation's banks and imposed strict capital controls over the weekend. "We are empty this afternoon," he said Tuesday, looking at rows of tables with no diners. "It happened in one night, not slowly. This time it's heavy. It's dropped off by 50 percent."
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 were suspended earlier and face criminal charges they helped the escapees.
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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.
GOP's Jeb Bush to release 33 years of personal tax returns DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush is releasing a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates. The returns Bush planned to release late Tuesday were to include the eight years since he left office as Florida governor, a period during which he served on numerous corporate boards and saw his income rise sharply.
Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation VIENNA (AP) - Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition - significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons. Iran's failure to comply would have severely undermined the negotiations, which are aimed at curbing the Iranians' nuclear program for a decade in exchange for tens of billions of dollars in relief from international economic sanctions
Egypt's president vows 'swift justice' after assassination CAIRO (AP) - President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed Tuesday to accelerate a crackdown on extremists and bring "swift justice" after the assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor, raising the prospect of carrying out executions of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures, including the former president. Pounding his fist as he spoke at the funeral of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, who oversaw the cases against thousands of Islamists, el-Sissi's comments seemed to signal an even tougher campaign on the Brotherhood and other government opponents.
Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds when she arrived at work Tuesday, blocking the view of several dozen rainbow-clad protesters outside her office who chanted "do your job" and carried signs that read "You Don't Own Marriage." Then, at about 8:30 a.m., the newly elected clerk in Morehead, Kentucky, turned away a local lesbian couple who walked in and asked for a marriage license.
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."
Little hope of survivors in Indonesian military plane crash MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) - Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. The C-130 Hercules, carrying military personnel and their families, went down in Indonesia's third-largest city of Medan, striking a building. Witness accounts suggested the plane suffered an engine fire before crashing.