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Jun 30, 2015
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A Greek deadline extension?

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Tick-tock, Clare-Greece.

Good news, Tsipras!

As luck would have it would have it, Greece will have more time to pay off its debt to the International Monetary Fund: one second. The Paris Observatory plans to add one second to the atomic clocks on Tuesday night, in order to keep earth time in line with planet rotation. And this extra second just so happens to line up with the IMF debt deadline! Sure, months of negotiations didn’t work out — but maybe an extra second could make the difference?

Keep up that wishful thinking — and read on for more news you may have missed:

Jun 30, 2015
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A Greek deadline extension?

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Tick-tock, Clare-Greece.

Good news, Tsipras!

As luck would have it would have it, Greece will have more time to pay off its debt to the International Monetary Fund: one second. The Paris Observatory plans to add one second to the atomic clocks on Tuesday night, in order to keep earth time in line with planet rotation. And this extra second just so happens to line up with the IMF debt deadline! Sure, months of negotiations didn’t work out — but maybe an extra second could make the difference?

Keep up that wishful thinking — and read on for more news you may have missed:

Jun 29, 2015
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No-drama Obama?

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

This lame duck is feeling more like a free bird.

As he enters his last year-and-a-half as president, insiders and even outside analysts say Barack Obama is feistier, looser and more confident. This Reuters deep-dive looks at what we can expect from Obama’s last months in the White House.

Jun 29, 2015
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No-drama Obama?

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

This lame duck is feeling more like a free bird.

As he enters his last year-and-a-half as president, insiders and even outside analysts say Barack Obama is feistier, looser and more confident. This Reuters deep-dive looks at what we can expect from Obama’s last months in the White House.

Jun 26, 2015
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Pigs make their peace with woodwinds

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That’ll do, pig.

This little piggy went to the symphony.

As it turns out, your future ham sandwich may have more sophisticated taste in music than you do. Polish researchers found that subjecting swine to Mozart on a daily basis made them happier than a pig in… clover. But playing heavy metal music didn’t have a good impact. They ended up blowing their entire allowance at Hot Topic.

Read on for more news you may have missed:

 

E-cigs: friend or foe?

Questions over the alleged risks of electronic cigarettes remain.

 

Video: Everything is awesome

Children embark on a challenge to build the tallest Lego tower.

 

Mike drop

The sequel to the popular “Magic Mike” movie hits theaters soon.

 

Bird ruffles feathers

British police warn a Central England town that an exotic, six-foot-tall bird on the loose poses a “very real threat to the public.”

Jun 26, 2015
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Pigs make their peace with woodwinds

Photo

That’ll do, pig.

This little piggy went to the symphony.

As it turns out, your future ham sandwich may have more sophisticated taste in music than you do. Polish researchers found that subjecting swine to Mozart on a daily basis made them happier than a pig in… clover. But playing heavy metal music didn’t have a good impact. They ended up blowing their entire allowance at Hot Topic.

Read on for more news you may have missed:

 

E-cigs: friend or foe?

Questions over the alleged risks of electronic cigarettes remain.

 

Video: Everything is awesome

Children embark on a challenge to build the tallest Lego tower.

 

Mike drop

The sequel to the popular “Magic Mike” movie hits theaters soon.

 

Bird ruffles feathers

British police warn a Central England town that an exotic, six-foot-tall bird on the loose poses a “very real threat to the public.”

Jun 25, 2015
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Slow and steady and very, very old

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An artist’s reconstruction shows the stem-turtle Pappochelys in this image released to Reuters on June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rainer Schoch/Stuttgart Natural History Museum/Handout

Meet the grandaddy of all turtles.

This newly discovered, bizarre-looking fella is the oldest-known example of the turtle, scientists say. The creature’s 240 million-year-old fossils show he did not, in fact, have a shell but rather a skeletal precursor to what we now think of a modern turtle shell.

Jun 25, 2015
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Slow and steady and very, very old

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An artist’s reconstruction shows the stem-turtle Pappochelys in this image released to Reuters on June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rainer Schoch/Stuttgart Natural History Museum/Handout

Meet the grandaddy of all turtles.

This newly discovered, bizarre-looking fella is the oldest-known example of the turtle, scientists say. The creature’s 240 million-year-old fossils show he did not, in fact, have a shell but rather a skeletal precursor to what we now think of a modern turtle shell.

Jun 24, 2015
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My kingdom for a repairman

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Senior members of Britain’s royal family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the annual Trooping of the Color ceremony in central London, Britain June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Sometimes, palaces aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

And speaking of cracks, the Buckingham Palace is apparently crumbling and requires such extensive repairs that the Queen of England may have to move out for a while. “A royal source” told Reuters that the 775-room building needs around a quarter of a billion dollars worth of repairs. The palace’s plumbing, electrical wiring and roof all need maintenance or upgrades.

Jun 24, 2015
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My kingdom for a repairman

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Senior members of Britain’s royal family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the annual Trooping of the Color ceremony in central London, Britain June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Sometimes, palaces aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

And speaking of cracks, the Buckingham Palace is apparently crumbling and requires such extensive repairs that the Queen of England may have to move out for a while. “A royal source” told Reuters that the 775-room building needs around a quarter of a billion dollars worth of repairs. The palace’s plumbing, electrical wiring and roof all need maintenance or upgrades.