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July 29, 2014

Alex Pring was finally able to hug his mother for the first time at age 6, and it was a big deal. Alex was born missing most of his right arm, and hugging was something he couldn't do before getting a specialized prosthetic created by a 3D printer.

"When he hugged me with two hands, he just didn't let go," Alyson Pring told the Orlando Sentinel. She believes the arm will help her son "see future possibilities and make them seem all the more reachable."

It's difficult for prosthetics to be made for children because the parts have to be so small, and it's also rare for insurance to pay, since they have to be replaced as the child grows. Wanting to find help for her son, Pring turned to e-NABLE, a network comprised of volunteer students, engineers, professors, and occupational therapists with the goal of aiding children without hands.

Albert Manero, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida, quickly went to work with a team to create a bionic arm for Alex. It took seven weeks, and was fitted on Alex in early July. It cost less than $350 to make, and involved just a 3D printer, gears, and batteries. Alex uses several muscles to control the arm and hand, and "he learned pretty fast," Manero said.

The best part of this story? The prosthetic will help more than just Alex; the team uploaded the arm's blueprints onto the internet so anyone can download the documents and help a child in need. "My mother always taught us that we're supposed to help change the world," Manero said. "That's why we did it." Catherine Garcia

Greek debt crisis
4:26 p.m. ET
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Former Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced he was stepping down from his role as the head of the nation's conservative opposition party, New Democracy, on Sunday, Reuters reports. His statement came after it became increasingly clear the public voted against Greece taking the eurozone bailout deal, a decision likely to keep the economy in turmoil. With the majority of votes in, the Greek Interior Ministry shows about 61 percent voting "no" in the referendum.

"Our party needs a new start. As of today, I'm resigning from the leadership of New Democracy," he said in a televised statement. Julie Kliegman

Greece votes
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About 60 percent of Greeks voted "no" on the eurozone bailout referendum Sunday, the Interior Ministry projected. That could lead to the nation being forced out of the eurozone, and a future of prolonged economic uncertainty. If finalized, the vote would support Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' plea to turn down a deal from eurozone creditors.

The deal from the International Monetary Fund, European Union, and the European Central Bank would have come in exchange for tax increases and economic reform in Greece. The nation missed its Tuesday deadline to make a $1.8 billion loan payment to the IMF. Read more at The New York Times. Julie Kliegman

FIFA Under Fire
12:47 p.m. ET
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter continues to maintain his innocence in the ongoing FBI investigation of soccer's governing body. The U.S. Justice Department indicted 14 officials on charges of corruption in May.

But Blatter, who is expected to be replaced at FIFA's helm as early as December, is afraid to leave Switzerland for fear of being arrested, the Los Angeles Times reports Blatter told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

"Not because the Americans have anything concrete against me, but because it would cause a public stir," he said. "Until everything has been cleared up, I am not going to take the risk of traveling."

Blatter won't even attend Sunday night's Women's World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada. Julie Kliegman

we'll never be royals
12:17 p.m. ET

Britian's Princess Charlotte is being christened Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Eastern England. The outing is the first public one for Prince William and Kate Middleton's family since Charlotte's birth in May.

Ahead of the ceremony, the couple named five godparents for baby Charlotte, none of whom are royalty. Charlotte is fourth in line to the British throne. Julie Kliegman

ISIS
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A U.S.-led coalition carried out a series of at least 16 airstrikes on ISIS' base in eastern Raqqa, Syria, late Saturday and early Sunday. It was one of the largest operations of its kind against the terrorist group in the country, The Guardian reports.

The attacks reportedly killed at least 10 militants and harmed others. They also destroyed ISIS structures and transit routes, a U.S. military spokesman told The Guardian. He said the damage would hurt ISIS' ability to move from their de-facto capital. Julie Kliegman

our selfies, ourselves
10:39 a.m. ET
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MasterCard is trying to cut down on fraud and appeal to young'uns. This fall, they're going to start experimenting with a new way to approve online payments — via selfie.

When checking out, rather than entering a password, users will be asked to hold their smartphone camera up to their faces and blink once, CNN reports. The blinking is designed to prevent a thief from simply stashing a selfie of you and uploading it to fool the system.

They'll have an Apple Pay-style fingerprint option as well for the curmudgeons of the world. Julie Kliegman

prison escape
10:15 a.m. ET

Convicted murderer David Sweat was incarcerated at the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York, after being released from the hospital, the New York Department of Corrections announced in a news release Sunday. Sweat was hospitalized in serious condition after authorities shot and captured him near the Canadian border a week ago.

Sweat was on the run with convict Richard Matt after they escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. Matt was fatally shot by law enforcement officials a couple of days before Sweat's capture. Julie Kliegman

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