Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades
Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates.
Greeks mull consequences of crucial bailout referendum
With the crucial austerity referendum a day away, Greeks contemplated Saturday how their vote will shape their future and the impact a "yes" or "no" will have on the country's youth.
IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra
The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag. IS reportedly carried out more than 200 executions, including of civilians, in and around Palmyra in the period when it captured the city.
Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
Matt Stonie upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.
Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief
World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack
By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners had left the country "in a state of war". Tunisia's emergency laws temporarily give the government more executive flexibility, hand the army and police more authority, and restrict certain rights such as those dealing with public assembly and detention. "Due to the terrorism risk, and the regional context, and spread of terrorism, we have declared a state of emergency," Essebsi said in a televised address.
July Fourth brings worries over security, sharks, wildfires
The public is asked to remain vigilant for possible threats following recent calls for violence by Islamic State leaders.
Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring
LONDON (AP) — On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis.
Clinton warns Iran nuclear deal won’t solve threat
The Democratic presidential candidate tells voters that Tehran is still "the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism."
Oregon marijuana fans look to cash in on new law
More than a thousand marijuana enthusiasts and entrepreneurs met in Oregon on Friday to swap samples, contacts and business tips in hopes of profiting from the state's new law allowing the recreational use of pot. Licensed growers handed out free tastes, gardening experts displayed organic plant food and artists sold marijuana pipes to participants at the "Weed the People" event. “Cannabis is a great opportunity for us," said D.J. King, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers who wants to unionize workers at marijuana grow operations, distributors and retailers.