Morning Constitutional – Monday, 20 July 2015

Good morning, everybody. Fantasia got married. Now, your morning constitutional.

The U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, opened Monday for the first time in more than 50 years. However, the official opening ceremony won’t be until later this summer, when Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the island to raise the U.S. flag and install new signage.

A mid-day explosion in Suruc, Turkey, near the Syrian border, killed 28 and injured at least 100 Monday. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Turkish officials suspect Islamic State militants.

In Greece Monday, banks reopened for the first time in three weeks, the country started the process of repaying its international creditors, and an increase of the value added tax agreed to under last week’s agreement the took effect.

Heavy rains in California caused a bridge on Interstate 10 between Los Angeles and Phoenix to collapse. Drivers traveling between the two cities will be forced to go hundreds of miles out of their way.

A year after war broke out in southeastern Ukraine, Russian soldiers have pretty much given up hiding their activities.

Lockheed Martin has agreed to buy Sikorsky Helicopters for $9 billion.

The cost of living in the U.S. rose for the fifth straight month as rents increased the most in almost two years.

Police in the U.S. have shot and killed people on all but 12 days of the year so far.

A hotel staffed by robots opened in Japan.

Finally, men arrested after leaving child pornography in a jammed Rite Aid photo printer.

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