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America welcomes July 4 with hot dogs, cool music, cold beer

As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country: Learn More

 

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Eager eaters weigh-in ahead of NYC July 4 hot dog contest

NEW YORK (AP) — Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous. More »

 

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. More »

 

Hundreds of Arizona inmates to be moved following riot

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — About 700 inmates at an Arizona prison were being moved to new locations Friday after disturbances on consecutive days left their housing units uninhabitable. More »

 

Bubba Watson to remove Confederate flag from 'General Lee'

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Bubba Watson says he's painting over the Confederate flag on his car made popular in "The Dukes of Hazzard" television series. More »

 

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. More »

 

Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers

BOSTON (AP) — New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. More »

 

Jefferson's iconic U.Va. Rotunda amid $58 million face-lift

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia is ensnared in a spider's web of scaffolding these days, the focus of a $58.3 million renovation of the World Heritage Site. More »

 

BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions. More »

 

Officials lift evacuation after Tennessee train derailment

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of eastern Tennessee residents were returning home Friday after they were evacuated when a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire. More »

 

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