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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.
Shooting overnight in Seattle’s Dunlap neighborhood sends 18-year old with multiple gunshot wounds to Harborview. Officers say the man was shot at the corner of 46th Ave. S. and S. Henderson St just after 1:00AM Friday by an unknown person. SPD’s gang unit is now investigating and is asking for any witnesses to contact them. KOMO