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Eurozone ministers set to weigh Greece's latest proposal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Eurozone finance ministers were set to weigh Greece's latest proposal for aid Wednesday, hours after the country's international bailout expired without a deal, cutting it off from vital financing and deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone. With its failure to repay the roughly 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the International Monetary Fund, Greece became the first developed country to fall into arrears on payments to the fund. The last country to do so was Zimbabwe in 2001.


Fire crews make gains against damaging Washington wildfire
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Surveying the smoldering ruins of his upscale home in this central Washington city, Vern Smith pointed to what had been his garage. "You can't tell from here, but that's a brand new truck," Smith said, looking at the burned vehicle.


Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerks who refuse licenses
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday 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 told a lesbian couple who walked in asking for a license to try another county.


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Bush tax returns: Big income, big taxes since 1981
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor's mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday. In an effort designed to show a commitment to transparency, Bush posted the tax returns on a website that outlines his work history since 1981, including most of the time that has passed since the two-term Florida governor left office in 2007. In those recent years, Bush has served on numerous corporate boards and has seen his income rise sharply.


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 it off, 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.


AP source: US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of embassies following the historic December announcement that they would move to restore ties after a half-century of animosity. The U.S. embassy in Havana is expected to open in July.


Top Obama aides knew about Clinton's private email in 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel requested Clinton's email address on Sept. 5, 2009, according to one of some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department on Tuesday evening. His request came three months after top Obama strategist David Axelrod asked the same question of one of Clinton's top aides.


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.


Police: 141 bodies recovered from Indonesia plane crash
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) - The death toll from the crash of an air force transport plane in the Indonesian city of Medan jumped to more than 140 on Wednesday, indicating a growing list of victims from the neighborhood where the plane went down. North Sumatra police major A. Tarigan told TVOne that 141 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a residential area where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday.


Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs
NEW YORK (AP) - Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns. Meanwhile, the backlash threatened to extend beyond Trump's media interests.

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