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Parades, hot dogs, cold beer: America celebrates July 4
Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday. Here were some highlights of Independence Day celebrations:...

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....

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
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, thwarting Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory....

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
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....

Slain woman's parents focused on healing, not 'sanctuary'
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The parents of a woman killed at a San Francisco pier say they're focused on healing and not on the fact that the man accused of shooting her has been deported five times....

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....

Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92....

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....

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