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Greece finally met a deadline that counted on Thursday and made a series of sweeping proposals that its creditors needed by midnight to set off a mad rush toward a weekend deal to stave off a financial collapse of the nation.The package met longstanding demands by creditors to impose wide-ranging sales-tax hikes and cuts in state spending for pensions that the left-leaning Greek government had long resisted. It raised hopes that Greece can get the rescue deal that will prevent a catastrophic exit from the euro after key creditors said they were open to discussing how to ease the country's debt load, a long-time sticking point in their talks. In the text of proposals sent by Athens late Thursday, the government conceded to demands it had previously refused to accept — mostly on moving various categories of goods and services to higher sales tax rates — in exchange for a new 53.5 billion-euro ($59 billion) bailout package.
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George W. Bush gave the commencement speech at Southern Methodist University and offered encouragement for the non-honors graduates.
A man who was run down by an Arizona police cruiser
while allegedly holding a loaded rifle in February told police he didn't remember what happened, NBC News reported. In an audio recording, Mario Valencia told police he didn't know how he even ended up at the scene. Valencia, 36, was hospitalized for two days and then sent to jail. Police allege he went on a daylong crime spree that included holding up a 7-Eleven convenience store in Tucson, setting fire to a church, stealing a high-powered rifle and ammunition from a Walmart. He is facing several charges.
The earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people has prompted fears of a potential cholera crisis in Nepal -- the same country that exported the devastating disease to Haiti after its quake five years ago, NBC News reported. Cholera is a deadly bacterial infection that causes rapid loss of bodily fluid and is endemic to Nepal, where there have been at least two outbreaks in recent years. Last week's quake compromised water supply, made sanitation difficult and left survivors crowded in tent camps, all conditions where cholera and other water-borne diseases can thrive, health officials say. "It kills you within 10 hours," said David Sack, a professor at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health. "And it's a disease that affects the poorest of the poor."
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The Ohio man at the center of a national gay marriage debate will head to the Supreme Court Tuesday as nine justices are set to decide if states have the right to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Jim Obergefell, 48, is the namesake of the high court's case known as "Obergefell vs. Hodges"-- a consolidation of six separate lawsuits from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. His lawsuit against Ohio state official Richard Hodges was the first filed among the petitioners. "I'm hopeful the ruling will come out in our favor," Obergefell told NBC News on Friday before departing for Washington, D.C. "It's certainly overwhelming to think that our story, our desire to marry and to be recognized will be heard in the Supreme Court." But the story is more than political for Obergefell, whose partner, John Arthur, was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. The couple, whose wed on a Baltimore airport tarmac, hopes to have their marriage formally recognized on on Arthur's death certificate by the state health department. A federal judge ruled in favor of the recognition, but Ohio appealed and won -- shuttling the case to the Supreme Court.
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