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Tourists look at a map as they stand at Syntagma square in front of the parliament in central Athens, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Whether Greeks decide in Sunday's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)Greeks started casting ballots early Sunday in the closely watched bailout referendum, with opinion polls showing people evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal.


2015-07-04 22:09:03 -0600

The White House is illuminated in rainbow colors after today's historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in WashingtonDuring a special presentation of the popular live storytelling podcast The Moth at this year’s Aspen Ideas festival, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett shared a story about how, years before gay marriage would become legal nationwide, he secretly performed a same-sex marriage at the White House.


2015-07-04 11:51:12 -0600

Dimitra Danikoglou, 48, gestures as she talks next to her son Nikolas, 23, at their apartment in Athens, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Meet the Danikoglous, a typically intense, articulate Greek family divided over how best to cope with Greece’s careening financial crisis, which may lead to a break with the eurozone and the European Union if voters Sunday say “no” to a proposed bailout plan that would impose still more years of austerity on an already crushed Greek economy. They are united in their belief that only as a strong family can they weather the coming storm. And they share a sense that Greece, so rich with history and culture, has fallen tragically short of its potential. (AP Photo/Spyros Tsakiris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dimitris is voting "yes" because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting "no" because she is tired of richer European nations bossing Greece around.


2015-07-05 00:09:01 -0600