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  • America celebrates July 4 with parades, hot dogs, cold beer
    America celebrates July 4 with parades, hot dogs, cold beer

    The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music. Here are some highlights and lowlights of Independence Day celebrations across the country:

  • Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion
    Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, includig the pastor.

  • A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt
    A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

  • Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
    Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.

  • Ohio community seeks clues, fights fear after 6 women vanish
    Ohio community seeks clues, fights fear after 6 women vanish

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — The fate of six women — four of them dead, two missing for months — has people on edge in this small southern Ohio city as relatives seek clues, seemingly in vain, to whatever happened to their loved ones.

  • Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county
    Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county

    SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road — a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick owned the place.

  • Texas wants its gold back inside the state's borders
    Texas wants its gold back inside the state's borders

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.

  • After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M
    After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.

  • 66 riders safely evacuated after 400-foot Ferris wheel stops
    66 riders safely evacuated after 400-foot Ferris wheel stops

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A technical crew with The Orlando Eye safely evacuated all 66 stranded riders from the largest Ferris wheel on East Coast, an incident that shut down the attraction that towers 400 feet over central Florida, authorities said.

  • New tune for piano-playing senator: Revised education policy
    New tune for piano-playing senator: Revised education policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?

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