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Thousands took to the streets of Athens Friday night, days ahead of a planned referendum in Greece, with citizens protesting both for and against a crucial vote on how the country will pay back its debts. It will ask Greeks to decide whether or not they support the bailout demands of the country's creditors. In addition, while the referendum...

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They are pouring into Europe by the thousands — Syrians fleeing a war-torn country to seek refugee status. With limited legal routes to safety, many are making their way across the continent via foot, car or truck, country by country, along makeshift routes aided by smugglers and a broken asylum system. Along the way, many migrants and refugees...

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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. The Greek people are in similar dire straits as they prepare to vote on a future in which they face two painful prospects:...

BP and five Gulf states announced a massive settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010. Roughly $18.7 billion in settlement money will be used to resolve the Clean Water Act penalties; resolve natural resources damage claims; settle...

BP has reached a $18.7 billion settlement to end five years of litigation following the devastating 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Here's a timeline of key events leading up to Thursday's major announcement: ...

The man who shot Ronald Reagan in a twisted attempt to win the heart of actress Jodie Foster has apparently found a new love. John Hinckley Jr. met his current girlfriend at a National Association for the Mentally Ill meeting, his brother testified at a hearing Wednesday that will determine if the would-be...

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement authorities share a growing concern of an ISIS-inspired attack in the country through the July 4 weekend, sources told NBC News. The threat "is based on both intelligence and analysis," the intelligence and law enforcement sources said, declining to go into detail. The analysis of the...

Gap plans to close 175 of its namesake stores and 250 jobs at its headquarters as the company tries to strengthen the struggling brand. Gap Inc., which owns Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, said Monday it will close about 140 Gap stores in North America in the fiscal year that ends Jan. 31 — and...

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