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Katie’s FYIJuly 4, 2015Katie Couric

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The US and Cuba are expected to reopen embassies in each other's capitals… While the world has been talking about Greece, Puerto Rico’s debt crisis has been hiding in the shadows… New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his presidential bid official yesterday... And Christy O'Donnell, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, is fighting for the right to end her life on her terms. Watch our emotional conversation here. These stories and more in today's FYI.

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Watch My Interview: California Mom Christy O’Donnell Fights to Die on Her Own Terms

"A terminally ill single mom who has been given months to live is fighting the state of California for the right to die. Now, a judge has ordered an expedited review of her suit, which will be heard later this month…"


WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING IN PUERTO RICO?

"Puerto Rico is a small island with some big financial problems. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla recently told The New York Times that there was no way the island, which has been struggling with about $72 billion of debt, would be able to pay, and instead would try to work out new deals and deferred payments with some of its creditors. This, of course, has lead to fears that the commonwealth will default on its loans…"


THE ECONOMIC BOOM IN PAKISTAN THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO BUST

"How do you know if a country has a grave terrorism problem? You can talk to experts, read the local newspapers or even visit some morgues. Or you could just look at the number of coffin sales. In Pakistan, they are soaring…"


THE COUNTRIES WHERE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS HAVE THE GREATEST CHANCE OF SUCCESS

"If you were to think of a nation with the most confident and eager female entrepreneurs, it’s unlikely that Nigeria would come to mind. But more than the United States, France, China, and many other richer nations, Nigeria is where the highest percentage of women feel they have the skills to start a business and see opportunities to do so. Women in Ghana come in at a close second…"


WHAT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM GETS WRONG ABOUT EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY

"“Do you see a person in the courtroom here today that was the person who came in your apartment that night?” The victim looked around the room. “Yes, sir.” The Meriwether County prosecutor chose his words carefully. This was a pivotal moment in the trial: an opportunity to tip the case. If he played it for maximum theatrical effect, the Georgia jury would be his…"


BENEFITS OF SPORTS TO A CHILD'S MIND AND HEART ALL PART OF THE GAME

"Amy Roegler and her husband Octavio Herrera live with their young kids, Jake and Alyssa, in Los Angeles. So, when it comes to pro baseball, they're all Dodgers fans. And Jake loved balls even as a baby, Octavio says…"


APPLE MUSIC: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

"Nearly 15 years ago, Apple positioned itself on the digital-music vanguard with iTunes and the iPod, sending the music industry into a tizzy to quickly adapt. Now, with today's launch of the company's new streaming service, Apple Music — amid stiff competition from established streaming leaders Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and Rhapsody — it feels late to the game…"


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WACKY WEDNESDAY

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in July

"Get ready to celebrate a month full of quirky holidays—not just Independence Day—in classic summer style."




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