ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than 20,000 slogan-chanting, pro-communist protesters have taken to the streets of Athens to protest against the left-led government's pension and tax reform bill, which is being debated in Parliament.
Federal officials ordered Washington's troubled subway on Saturday to tighten safety standards because of a rail fire, a directive that followed announcement of an extensive repair program to boost reliability. The response by Metro subway employees to the explosion of a third-rail insulator and fire on Thursday showed major lapses by the system's control center, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) said in a directive, a copy of which was made available to Reuters. The control center also declined to shut off power when inspectors arrived and trains continued to roll across the section, FTA said.
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said in a commencement speech on Saturday that U.S. race relations have improved over the last three decades, but that significant work still needs to be done. "I tell you this not to lull you into complacency, but to spur you into action because there's still so much work to do," Obama told about 2,300 Howard University graduates in Washington, acknowledging that racism and inequality still persist. The United States has faced a number of racial controversies in recent years, including the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, that sparked sometimes violent protests.
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised. The image has spurred questions about whether the gesture violates military restrictions on political activity.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama politics are at a low point even by Alabama standards: In a state that trails the nation in many areas, three top elected officials are embroiled in scandal or facing removal from office while a former governor serves time in federal prison on a corruption conviction.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — A fire chief accused of intentionally setting a grass and marsh blaze that was fought by more than 100 firefighters and led to evacuations was arrested Saturday on an arson charge.
NEW YORK (AP) — The stately dining room at this once-bustling old-age home has been emptied, its floors ripped up. The tiny general store's shelves are barren, and the exercise room has gone silent. No one is leafing through the books of the library or digging into a treat in the ice cream parlor or painting at an easel in the art room.