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Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse
BRUSSELS (AP) - Frustrated and angry eurozone leaders fearing for the future of their common currency gave the Greek prime minister a last-minute chance Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin. Overcoming their surprise when Alexis Tsipras failed to present them with a detailed reform blueprint, the leaders reluctantly agreed to a final summit on Sunday, saying the days leading up to it could give both sides an opportunity to stave off collapse of the struggling but defiant member nation.


Pope wraps Ecuador leg of SAmerica trip, next stop Bolivia
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage Wednesday after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the Earth are shared by everyone, not just exploited by the rich. Francis will visit the elderly and give a pep talk to local priests before flying to Bolivia, where the environment, ministering to the poor and the government's tense relations with the Catholic Church are high on the agenda.


Cosby accusers claim vindication, friends reserve judgment
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - While many of Bill Cosby's accusers feel vindicated by his decade-old admission that he gave at least one woman quaaludes before sex, some of his Hollywood friends are reserving judgment, saying the testimony doesn't prove he committed a crime. The testimony, unsealed Monday by a federal judge, reignited the furor that erupted last year, when dozens of women came forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assault over the past four decades. Many said Cosby drugged and raped them.


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Bill Cosby's public moralizing was his undoing
NEW YORK (AP) - For decades, Bill Cosby cast himself as America's dad and then as America's granddad, a moralist with tough talk for young people about acting responsibly. It was that image that proved to be his undoing. The judge who unsealed documents on Monday revealing Cosby's 2005 admission that he obtained quaaludes to give to young women before sex cited the comedian's public moralizing in deciding to release the testimony.


NTSB: 2 killed when F-16, small plane crash; jet pilot safe
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - An F-16 fighter jet smashed into a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining down plane parts and debris over a wide swath of marshes and rice fields. The two people aboard the smaller Cessna were killed, and the plane was completely destroyed, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said. The pilot of the F-16 ejected and "is apparently uninjured," he said.


SC Senate OKs Confederate flag removal; House vote ahead
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate gave its final approval Tuesday to removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, but across the hall in the House, Republicans quietly sought a way to make a last stand to preserve some kind of symbol honoring their Southern ancestors at the Statehouse. The House was scheduled to begin debate Wednesday on the bill to take down the flag and its pole and send the banner to the state's Confederate Relic Room. Gov. Nikki Haley and business leaders support the proposal.


Subway suspends ties with spokesman Fogle after raid at home
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle's foundation was arrested on child pornography charges. FBI agent Wendy Osborne said the agency was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, an affluent Indianapolis suburb, but wouldn't say whether it involved Fogle or describe the nature of the investigation.


New York holding parade for champion US women's soccer team
NEW YORK (AP) - The confetti will be flying when the city holds a parade for the U.S. women's soccer team to celebrate its World Cup victory. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Tuesday that the parade has been scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. in lower Manhattan, along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall, known as the Canyon of Heroes. The celebration will include a program at City Hall.


70 years later, WWII bombardier receives presidential honor
WASHINGTON (AP) - At 22, 2nd Lt. John Pedevillano was the youngest bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps' 306th Bomb Group when he was shot down by Nazi fighter pilots in Germany in 1944. Pedevillano and his crew were missing for a month before being taken as prisoners of war. The men were liberated by U.S. Army forces under Gen. George S. Patton in 1945.


Church-state tensions in Bolivia cloud Pope Francis' visit
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - President Evo Morales is a huge fan of Pope Francis, and says he couldn't be happier they are of the same mind that capitalism promotes social inequalities that leave the poor by the wayside. But until Francis' election to the papacy in 2013 - and even today to a lesser degree - his government has had rocky relations with the Catholic Church.