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After a passionate debate that at times drew tears, anger and calls for grace and unity, South Carolina legislators voted to take down the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds at 10 a.m. Friday. Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill Thursday afternoon. The actions come weeks after a white gunman shot to death nine people at a historic black church in Charleston.
In order to secure another bailout and avoid economic calamity, Greece on Thursday submitted belt-tightening blueprints to its eurozone creditors. The proposal includes sales tax hikes and cuts in state outlays for pensions. The debt-racked country’s government is set to vote on the plan late Friday.
The FDA is strengthening warnings on popular pain relievers including ibuprofen, Aleve and Celebrex. Language on the pills currently warns that they can increase the risk of heart-related problems if used long term. However, the Food and Drug Administration’s new warning states that heart attacks and strokes can occur in the first few weeks of taking the drugs.
Three Army posts in Texas will lose almost 5,000 troops under a new cost-saving plan aimed at reducing the Army’s active-duty force by 40,000 troops. Fort Hood would lose 3,300 troops as part of the new plan
There is a virus going around this summer. It’s Echovirus and it can cause unpleasant symptoms and in rare cases it can lead to viral meningitis. It is very contagious and harder on kids than adults.
Starting Monday, three exits on southbound Mopac will be combined into one. The exits for Caesar Chavez, 5th Street and Lake Austin Boulevard will be combined as they begin digging up underpasses for the new toll lane. The change will last about five months.