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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:...

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, including the pastor....

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....

Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other....

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....

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....

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....

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....

Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers
BOSTON (AP) -- New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet....

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....

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

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