Hope Solo, footballer aims for redemption

Joe Cummings illustration: Hope Solo
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The greatest goalie in women’s game faces battles on and off pitch, writes Megan Murphy

US employers hire apace but pay stalls

Wages muddy waters as 223,000 jobs added in June

US jobs tipped to show 230,000 gain

Headline figures disguise less positive side of labour market

Fires at black US churches fuel race fears

Blazes follow Charleston shootings as KKK receives protest permit

US and Cuba to open embassies

Diplomatic ties re-established after decades of estrangement

US tries to mend fences over Iran talks

Gulf rivals fear Tehran would become dominant power in region

Christie enters crowded White House race

Late start in 14-strong field puts governor at a disadvantage

US suspends new federal employee vetting

OPM bolsters security systems in wake of cyber attack

Supreme Court tells EPA to consider costs

Power plant pollution rules should have accounted for burden

Elixr Coffee
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Elixr Coffee Roasters, Philadelphia

Independent coffee house is cool place to be

Obama’s presidential renaissance

He went to a funeral in Charleston and left at an emotional pinnacle

Obama calls for end to blindness about race

Solidarity on day of mourning as Charleston repudiates racism

Marriage joy where fight began and ended

Ruling’s personal meaning on show from Stonewall to Supreme Court

Justices shape US direction for decades

Supreme Court’s rulings put its own culture wars on display

Last battle for the Confederate flag

Support wanes for divisive symbol after Charleston killings

US Supreme Court legalises gay marriage

Ruling comes after decades of work by rights advocates

Obama was right to use the N-word

A blow against euphemism in our national life. This is leadership

Republicans wrestle with same-sex marriage

As young voters lend support, party frontrunners struggle to keep up with attitudes

China rebukes US over human rights record

Tit-for-tat needling highlights continuing bilateral tensions

US Supreme Court backs housing bias lawsuits

Surprise move upholds strategy supported by civil rights groups