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The New New York Public Library

BY: DEBORAH FALLOWS, THE ATLANTIC

“This is our moment!” said Tony Marx, the President and CEO of the New York Public Library (NYPL), as he was winding his comments about the present and future of libraries up to a crescendo: “Libraries are the central institution of civil society with the largest reach for everyone.” He continued with his carpe diem challenge…

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Greek debt crisis: ‘No’ vote ‘will not lead to better agreement’

BY: BBC NEWS

A "No" vote in the Greek referendum on bailout terms would not provide Greece with an easy way out of its economic crisis, the head of the grouping of eurozone finance ministers has said. Jeroen Dijsselbloem's comments came after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Greeks a "No" vote would lead to a "better agreement".…

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U.S. Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs; Unemployment at 5.3%

BY: NELSON D. SCHWARTZ, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Good, but hardly great. The economy added a healthy 223,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department reported Thursday, but other indicators, showing wages growing slowly and jobless Americans remaining on the sidelines, painted a grayer picture. Indeed, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years, that was driven largely by…

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A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

BY: ERIC WESTERVELT, NPR

First rule of Brinton Elementary School run club: Keep those legs moving. Second rule of run club: Have fun. For 13-year-old Kaprice Faraci and her sister, Kassidy, inspiration to keep moving struck one after school afternoon in the third grade. Video games and TV bored the twins. They were outside when they spotted a small…

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Obama Making Millions More Americans Eligible for Overtime

BY: NOAM SCHEIBER, THE NEW YORK TIMES

President Obama announced Monday night a rule change that would make millions more Americans eligible for overtime pay. The rule would raise the salary threshold below which workers automatically qualify for time-and-a-half overtime wages to $50,440 a year from $23,660 according to an op-ed article by the president in The Huffington Post. “Right now, too…

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2 YEARS AFTER SPYING FLAP, US, BRAZIL SEEK TO TURN THE PAGE

BY JOSH LEDERMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing. Rousseff canceled a 2013 visit to Washington in the wake of National…

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In Havana, Cuba The U.S. and Cuba are moving toward restoring diplomatic relations and opening embassies in each other’s capitals

BY: CHRISTI PARSONS AND MICHAEL A. MEMOLI , THE L.A. TIMES

In the most significant move yet toward normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the Obama administration said Tuesday that the two had agreed to open embassies in each other's countries. The diplomatic development is the most authoritative move the Obama administration can make unilaterally without an act of Congress, which still holds the power to…

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Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum

BY: JOSEPH STIGLITZ, THE GUARDIAN

The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about…

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Chris Christie Announces He’s Running for President in 2016

BY: PAIGE LAVENDER, HUFFINGTON POST

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced he's running for president in 2016. Christie told supporters of his plans in a phone call Tuesday morning, according to NBC and the AP. Christie made a public announcement Tuesday afternoon at Livingston High School, his alma mater, in Livingston, New Jersey. "I am now ready to fight…

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Wisdom of the Crowds? Online Effort Seeks to Raise Funds for Greece

BY: KRISHNADEV CALAMUR, NPR

Only 1,599,888,909 euros to go. A crowd-funding effort to raise the 1.6 billion euros (about $1.8 billion) Greece needs to make a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund has so far raised 111,091 euros ($124,569) from 7,275 donors. The organizer of the effort on IndieGogo says the European Union's 503 million people need to…

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Puerto Rico’s Finances: Another fine debt crisis

FROM: THE ECONOMIST

IN 2013 Alejandro García Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, did his best to tell the territory's jittery creditors what they wanted to hear. He called servicing the American-controlled Caribbean island’s $72 billion debt load a “moral obligation”. He reassured holders of its general-obligation (GO) bonds that the government could not default on them even if…

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Tunisia attack: Family members still waiting for news of missing

By Jethro Mullen, Erin McLaughlin and Nick Paton Walsh, CNN

Sousse, Tunisia (CNN)The last time family members heard from John Stocker and his wife, Janet, the couple raved about their beach holiday in Tunisia. "They were having a lovely time," said Stocker's son, Mark, "The weather was great, just relaxing." That was the day before Friday's terrorist attack in which a gunman stormed the resort…

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