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Greece looks to reopen bailout talks as euro future in doubtSerena beats Venus in 2 sets in 4th round at Wimbledon (Yahoo Sports)

People line up to use ATM machines of a bank after government's decision for limited daily cash withdrawals to 60 euros ($67), in Athens, on Monday, July 6, 2015. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned Monday, saying he was told shortly after Greece's decisive referendum result that some other eurozone finance ministers and the country's other creditors would appreciate his not attending the ministers' meetings. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The country is under pressure to reach a deal with creditors as soon as possible after Greeks resoundingly rejected the notion of more austerity in exchange for aid.


Serena Williams of the United States and Venus Williams of the United States walk off the court after their singles match, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday July 6, 2015. Serena Williams won 6-4, 6-3. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Serena Williams extended her mastery over big sister Venus, and kept alive her bid for Grand Slam history. In the 26th career meeting between the siblings, Serena dominated with her steady serve and big hitting from the back of the court to win 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court in 1 hour, 8 minutes, extending her Grand Slam winning streak to 25 matches. The win sent the top-ranked Serena into the Wimbledon quarterfinals as she bids for a fourth straight Grand Slam title, a feat last accomplished by the younger Williams in 2003.


World Cup kiss a poignant moment for manyCole posts majors-leading 12th win, Pirates beat Indians (Yahoo Sports)

Wambach kisses her wifeAbby Wambach celebrated the U.S. victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final by racing to the stands to kiss her wife — a poignant moment that wasn't lost on gay rights supporters watching on television.


Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) warms up before the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 5, 2015. The Pirates won 5-3, with Cole getting his league-leading 12th win. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Down 3-0 after the third inning on the heels of two uneven starts, Gerrit Cole didn't get angry or flustered. Instead, the Pittsburgh ace became dominant. Cole overcame a rocky start for his major league-best 12th win and Andrew McCutchen's two-run double capped a five-run fifth inning as the Pirates rallied past the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Sunday.


More than 1 million expected at pope's Mass in South AmericaMcIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer (Yahoo Sports)

A group of young people wave flags representing the colors of Vatican City as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Hours before Francis arrives in Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil, thousands are already waiting in Samanes Park where the pope is expected to celebrate Mass with up to 1 million people. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — Latin America's first pope arrived in this port city on Monday for the first big event of a three-nation tour where he's set compassion for the weak and respect for the environment as central themes.


FILE - A Sunday, June 21, 2015 file photo showing Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, walking off the second green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. World number one Rory McIlroy has ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than before the start of his British Open title defense. The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday, July 6, 2015, on his Instagram account, only saying that he is

Rory McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer, leaving the world's No. 1 player in doubt of defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews. In a shocking start to the week, McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on his left ankle. ''Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day,'' McIlroy said on the post.


4 lessons from Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire tripEarnhardt wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Dillon's crash (Yahoo Sports)


Austin Dillon crashes into the fence on the final lap during a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

A horrific last-lap accident that left drivers fearing for Austin Dillon's safety muted Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in the rain-delayed race at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt crossed the finish line at 2:41 am Monday morning filled with dread after Dillon's car sailed upside down into the fence then shot back onto the track. A stunned Earnhardt seemed speechless as he crossed the finish line.


South Carolina legislature set to begin debate on flag removalCarli Lloyd becomes Captain America for US women (Yahoo Sports)

A Confederate flag stands in front of the South Carolina State House in ColumbiaBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina lawmakers were set to begin debate Monday on legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies on the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia. The debate comes after numerous elected officials, such as Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, called for the flag's removal in light of the June 17 massacre of nine African-American members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston. The shooting took the life of the church's pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state Senator.    Politicians and businesses are trying to banish the flag, widely viewed as a symbol of slavery, across the country in response to the Bible study killings.


United States' Carli Lloyd holds her Golden Ball award which was presented after the United States defeated Japan to win the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Lloyd scored three goals to lead the United States to a 5-2 victory over Japan for the team's record third World Cup title - and first since 1999. When it was over, the captain of the U.S. team collapsed to her knees and pumped her fists. Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon,'' President Barack Obama posted to Twitter.




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Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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