The US Women’s National Team ended a 16 year slump last night in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final. The US defeated Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup, their first since 1999. The win gave the US women three World Cup wins, the most of any nation.
The people of Greece took to the polls today to vote on a bailout deal that would have enacted strict austerity measures on the country. Greeks soundly rejected the proposed deal, with early exit polls showing 60% voting no. Greek leaders hope to meet with creditors and hammer out a new deal, but Greece may be forced out of the eurozone.
America’s birthday has come one again. There are numerous events across the Gulf Coast, including fireworks displays at the battleship and Hank Aaron Stadium following the Baybears game. Be safe, whether you are attending one of these many events or just enjoying fireworks and BBQ with family and friends.
Over 5 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP has settled claims with Gulf Coast states. The company has agreed to pay over $18.7 billion, the largest settlement with a single entity in US history. This agreement is separate from the class action settlement BP formed with businesses. The money will be used to help affected businesses as well as the environment.
The first day of NBA free agency has been a frenzy. A number of deals have been agreed to, but the biggest prize of the year, LaMarcus Aldridge, is still available. Thus far, most of the big names on the market have opted to stay in place and take the larger contracts their teams can offer. However, there have been a few big moves that could shake up the league next year.
Greece missed the deadline to repay its loan to the IMF on Tuesday, marking the first time a developed nation has failed to do so. The country has been crippled by debt and recession in recent years, needing bailouts from its European neighbors just to get by. In return for bailouts, European powers have forced tough austerity measures on Greece which have recently been rejected.
A terrifying incident occurred this weekend when a woman was shot in the face while sitting at a red light in Mobile. The shooting occurred around 1:30 AM Sunday morning near Dauphin and Monterey Street. The victim, who has not been identified, was miraculously able to drive herself to the emergency room after the attack.
The Supreme Court handed down a historic verdict this morning that legalizes same sex marriage across the nation. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Jim Obergefell, in Obergefell v. Hodges. The case bundled together numerous complaints from same sex couples across states that banned gay marriage.
The Supreme Court has once again ruled in favor of Obamacare. In a 6-3 decision, the court rejected the argument that health care subsidies should only go to states with their own health care exchanges. As a majority of states do not have their own exchanges, this would have cut subsidies to millions of consumers.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has ordered the removal of the Confederate flag from the Alabama capitol. Bentley is the latest governor to take action against the flag following the tragic shooting at a historic African American church in South Carolina. The shooting reignited the debate over southern stages flying the flag in their capitols, with several making moves to remove them.