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Obama, Biden plan debt talks with Senate Democrats (AP)

AP - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to meet with Senate Democratic leaders Wednesday, the latest step in debt negotiations with Congress.

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President Barack Obama is seen in silhouette as he walks back to the Oval Office of the White House  in Washington, Tuesday, June, 28, 2011, upon his his arrival on Marine One helicopter. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)AP - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to meet with Senate Democratic leaders Wednesday, the latest step in debt negotiations with Congress.


New clashes as Greek lawmakers vote on austerity (AFP)

AFP - Protestors clashed with police, who fired tear gas early Wednesday, several hours before the Greek parliament was to vote on an austerity package.

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Protestors clashed with police, who fired tear gas early Wednesday, several hours before the Greek parliament was to vote on an austerity package.(AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis)AFP - Protestors clashed with police, who fired tear gas early Wednesday, several hours before the Greek parliament was to vote on an austerity package.


Chances rise Greek austerity plan to pass in vote (Reuters)

Reuters - Greece's parliament holds a crucial vote on Wednesday on whether to submit the country to unpopular austerity measures demanded as the price for funds to prevent the euro zone's first sovereign default.

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A protester wearing a gas mask walks beside a burning van during violent protests against austerity measures in Athens, June 28, 2011. REUTERS/Yannis BehrakisReuters - Greece's parliament holds a crucial vote on Wednesday on whether to submit the country to unpopular austerity measures demanded as the price for funds to prevent the euro zone's first sovereign default.


Calif. lawmakers close deficit on rosy projections (AP)

AP - Exercising their new majority-vote authority, California Democrats on Tuesday closed the remainder of what had been a gaping budget deficit by relying on a combination of deep spending cuts, optimistic revenue projections and new fees that are sure to be challenged in court.

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State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, second right, confers with Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, second left, Repulican Senate Caucus Chief of Staff Kevin Bassett, left, and Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Lawmakers are expected to vote on a compromise state budget plan reached between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)AP - Exercising their new majority-vote authority, California Democrats on Tuesday closed the remainder of what had been a gaping budget deficit by relying on a combination of deep spending cuts, optimistic revenue projections and new fees that are sure to be challenged in court.


SEC to propose conduct rules for swap dealers (Reuters)

Reuters - Securities regulators are poised on Wednesday to propose rules for how swap dealers interact with their customers, in a move designed to manage risk and protect clients from abusive practices.

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Reuters - Securities regulators are poised on Wednesday to propose rules for how swap dealers interact with their customers, in a move designed to manage risk and protect clients from abusive practices.

Red Sox shut out by Lee in 5-0 loss to Phillies (AP)

AP - Perhaps Big Papi can help the suddenly slumping Boston Red Sox.

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Boston Red Sox's Josh Beckett pitches in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AP - Perhaps Big Papi can help the suddenly slumping Boston Red Sox.


Images show Chavez on his feet after Cuba surgery (AP)

AP - New videos and photos of President Hugo Chavez appeared on state television Tuesday night, showing him on his feet and talking with Fidel Castro more than two weeks after undergoing urgent surgery in Cuba.

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In this photo released by the state media Cubadebate web site, Cuba's Fidel Castro, left, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez look at Granma state newspaper at an unknown location in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday June 28, 2011.  Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba two weeks ago and has been unusually quiet since then.  Allies of Chavez have insisted the leader is firmly in control of the country and improving from his operation for a pelvic abscess.  Chavez arrived to Havana on June 8 and had surgery on June 10. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Estudios Revolucion)AP - New videos and photos of President Hugo Chavez appeared on state television Tuesday night, showing him on his feet and talking with Fidel Castro more than two weeks after undergoing urgent surgery in Cuba.


Ten killed as Taliban attack Kabul hotel (AFP)

AFP - Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a top Kabul hotel, sparking a five-hour battle with Afghan commandos backed by a NATO helicopter in an assault that left at least 10 people dead Wednesday.

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Smoke and flames light up the night from a blaze at the Intercontinental hotel after an attack on the hotel by Taliban fighters in Kabul on June 29, 2011. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the top Kabul hotel, sparking a five-hour battle with Afghan commandos backed by a NATO helicopter in an assault that left at least 10 people dead Wednesday.(AFP/Massoud Hossaini)AFP - Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a top Kabul hotel, sparking a five-hour battle with Afghan commandos backed by a NATO helicopter in an assault that left at least 10 people dead Wednesday.


Egypt: Security forces clash with Cairo protesters (AP)

AP - Egyptian security forces firing tear gas clashed with more than 5,000 rock-throwing protesters in central Cairo late Tuesday, leaving dozens injured in the latest unrest to rattle the country, witnesses and medical officials said.

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Demonstrators throw a tear gas grenade during clashes with the Egyptian security in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, early Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Egyptian security forces firing tear gas clashed with protesters in central Cairo late Tuesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)AP - Egyptian security forces firing tear gas clashed with more than 5,000 rock-throwing protesters in central Cairo late Tuesday, leaving dozens injured in the latest unrest to rattle the country, witnesses and medical officials said.


France’s Lagarde becomes first woman IMF chief (AFP)

AFP - France's Christine Lagarde has been named the first-ever female chief of the IMF, faced with an immediate crisis as violent Greek protests rocked the stability of the eurozone.

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Newly-elected IMF president Christine Lagarde is seen in Paris on June 28, 2011. Lagarde has been named the first-ever female chief of the global financial body and now faces an immediate crisis as violent Greek protests rocked the stability of the eurozone.(AFP/Miguel Medina)AFP - France's Christine Lagarde has been named the first-ever female chief of the IMF, faced with an immediate crisis as violent Greek protests rocked the stability of the eurozone.


Co-founder Biz Stone leaving Twitter (AP)

AP - Isaac "Biz" Stone is moving on from Twitter, just five years after co-founding the microblogging site that has become integral to the social media scene around the globe.

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In this March 29, 2011, file photo, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is interviewed on 'At Martha's Table,' with Martha Stewart, at the SiriusXM Satellite Radio studios in New York, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Isaac 'Biz' Stone is moving on from Twitter, just five years after co-founding the microblogging site that has become integral to the social media scene around the globe. The move comes as Twitter has been trying to build upon its popularity to make more money by selling more ads. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)AP - Isaac "Biz" Stone is moving on from Twitter, just five years after co-founding the microblogging site that has become integral to the social media scene around the globe.


At least 10 killed in attack on landmark hotel in Kabul (Reuters)

Reuters - At least 10 Afghan civilians were killed when suicide bombers and heavily armed Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel frequented by Westerners in the Afghan capital late on Tuesday, Afghan officials said.

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The roof of the Intercontinental hotel is lit up by an explosion during a battle between NATO-led forces and suicide bombers and Taliban insurgents in Kabul June 29, 2011. REUTERS/Omar SobhaniReuters - At least 10 Afghan civilians were killed when suicide bombers and heavily armed Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel frequented by Westerners in the Afghan capital late on Tuesday, Afghan officials said.


46 hurt in clashes on eve of key Greek vote (AP)

AP - Hours of rioting outside Greece's parliament left 46 people injured Tuesday, on the eve of a vote by lawmakers to adopt more painful austerity measures — a condition for bailout funds needed to prevent a potentially disastrous default.

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Riot police arrest a protester during a demonstration in Athens, Tuesday June 28, 2011. Greece's beleaguered government is bracing for a 48-hour general strike as lawmakers debate a new round of austerity reforms designed to win the country additional rescue loans needed avoid bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)AP - Hours of rioting outside Greece's parliament left 46 people injured Tuesday, on the eve of a vote by lawmakers to adopt more painful austerity measures — a condition for bailout funds needed to prevent a potentially disastrous default.


Tax standoff blocks progress in debt talks (Reuters)

Reuters - U.S. Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday showed no sign of resolving an impasse over taxes that has stalled budget negotiations and could threaten the country's top-notch credit rating.

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President Barack Obama departs for a round of golf from the White House, June 25, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstReuters - U.S. Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday showed no sign of resolving an impasse over taxes that has stalled budget negotiations and could threaten the country's top-notch credit rating.


Senator calls for probe of nuke evacuation plans (AP)

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In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 picture, a sign along Route 9 in Ossining, N.Y. marks the spot for an emergency bus stop that is part of the Indian Point nuclear plant evacuation plan. Populations around nuclear plants have swelled since 1980, making effective evacuations unlikely in many once-rural emergency planning zones, according to an Associated Press investigation. Yet government and industry disaster planners have paid little attention to this dramatic growth, records show. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - A U.S. senator from Pennsylvania is asking for a congressional investigation of whether evacuation planning has kept pace with population growth and increased power levels around nuclear power plants.