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  • *Greece misses 1.6 billion euro IMF loan repayment. *Eurogroup head urges Greece to change stance with creditors. *Fitch ratings agency cuts Greece to CC.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Eurozone finance ministers were set to weigh Greece's latest proposal for aid Wednesday, hours after the country's international bailout expired without a deal, cutting it off from vital financing and deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone. With its failure to repay the roughly 1.6 billion euros to the...

  • *Greece misses 1.6 billion euro IMF loan repayment. *Eurogroup head urges Greece to change stance with creditors. *Fitch ratings agency cuts Greece to CC.

  • LONDON- Bank of England publishes financial stability report, followed by Governor Mark Carney's news conference- 0930 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank Governing Council meeting. BERLIN- European Central Bank Governing Council member Jens Weidmann and Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch to participate in cabinet meeting of the federal...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- U.S. exporters large and small scrambled on Tuesday to urge foreign customers not to abandon deals supported by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which will be forced to halt new business at midnight as its charter expires. Companies affected range from giants including aircraft maker Boeing Co and General Electric Co to small exporters of...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday urged Ukraine and its creditors to reach an agreement over debt restructuring after meeting with both sides in Washington. Agreeing on a debt restructuring is one of the conditions Kiev must meet under the IMF's $17.5 billion bailout program. "The Fund encourages Ukraine and its creditors to...

  • In a May 2014 report, Griffin cited problems at the Phoenix hospital over long patient wait times and falsification of records to cover up the delays. A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix hospital said a report by Griffin's office last August on patient deaths was a "whitewash" that minimized life-threatening conduct by senior...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. President Barack Obama, in Washington, and Secretary of State John Kerry, in Vienna for Iran nuclear talks, will both address the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. The official said President Barack Obama, in Washington, and Secretary of State John Kerry, in Vienna for Iran nuclear talks,...

  • WASHINGTON— One day after President Barack Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation, his administration took issue with language meant to discourage boycotts of Israel. A bipartisan amendment— which drew comparatively little attention in Congress' long, multi-faceted trade debate— instructs U.S. negotiators to resist other countries' actions that...

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON— From research dollars to free lunches and junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to government data posted Tuesday. Of the total payments, $3.2 billion represented research funding, about $2.6 billion was for miscellaneous items and about $700 million represented...

  • Nassau, Bahamas/ Beijing June 30- China's push to extend its influence in the Western Hemisphere has hit an embarrassing setback at an unfinished, $3.5 billion resort and casino project in the Bahamas. And on Monday, Baha Mar Ltd, developer of the 2,323 room resort located along Cable Beach near downtown Nassau, filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection in a...

  • S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15- foot waterfall to try to save his 13- year-old brother, Christian, on July 1, 2014. Smith was the only one of those honored Tuesday by the Pittsburgh- based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission who died during a rescue attempt. The other 16 winners are from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio,...

  • WASHINGTON— A high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option, first lady Michelle Obama told a group of students gathered at the White House on Tuesday. Obama spoke at a White House event celebrating educators, students and innovators in career and technical education programs.

  • WASHINGTON— The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company's harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug. As a result, the company has withdrawn its application that was slated to be reviewed before a Food and Drug Administration committee next week. FDA meetings are typically planned months in...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the financial crisis in Greece should not create a major shock for the U.S. economy, but warned that its fallout could dampen global growth and encouraged both sides to reach a deal. If a deal is not reached between Greece and its creditors in the coming hours, Athens would default on a loan to the...

  • WASHINGTON— Conservatives cheered the demise of the federal Export-Import Bank Tuesday and vowed to beat back efforts to revive it, even as business leaders and the White House issued dire warnings that letting the agency expire at midnight would hurt U.S. competitiveness globally. "Congress is taking a step backward," President Barack Obama argued in an...

  • *Consumer confidence increases solidly in June. NEW YORK, June 30- U.S. consumer confidence increased solidly in June, with households upbeat about the labor market, supporting views the economy was back on firmer footing after wobbling at the start of the year. "Consumer spirits are soaring right now showing the economy is on track for further gains this year," said...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON June 30- The U.S. dollar's share of foreign exchange reserves rose for a fourth straight quarter, while the euro's hit a 13- year low, International Monetary Fund data showed on Tuesday. "This only goes to show that the dollar is still the world's reserve currency and will be for many, many years to come," said John Doyle, director of markets at Tempus...