• Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

    CALAIS, Maine (AP) — A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday.

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  • Russia cuts off power supplies to Ukraine rebels: Kiev

    Kiev said Tuesday that Russia had cut off electricity to Ukraine's rebel-run regions in what appears to be another sign that Moscow is losing interest in plans to splinter its neighbour. Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone through an extended spell without peppering his speeches with mentions…

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  • Judge refuses to dismiss murder case against Suge Knight

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial for murder despite the fact that a key witness — one of the men he's accused of running over — refused to identify him in court.

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  • Questioning Boyfriend Is Not Likely To Change

    DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, "Blake," recently broke up with me -- again. He told me in the beginning that he was bi-curious, and that he wasn't sure he was completely heterosexual. When he broke up with me the first time, we stayed friends. Everyone seemed confused that I still wanted to hang out with…

    Dear Abby
  • Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Florida island

    SEAHORSE KEY, Fla. (AP) — The din created by thousands of nesting birds is usually the first thing you notice about Seahorse Key, a 150-acre mangrove-covered dune off Florida's Gulf Coast.

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    Pope Francis visits Latin America (13 photos)

    Pope Francis kicked off a whirlwind final full day in Ecuador on Tuesday with an open-air Mass in the capital sandwiched between meetings with bishops, indigenous groups and students and capped by a visit to a famed Jesuit church. Francis is making his first visit as pope to his Spanish-speaking…

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  • Williams reunites with LeBron on NBA Cavaliers

    Point guard Mo Williams said Tuesday he had agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, reuniting him with superstar LeBron James. Williams, who averaged 14.2 points and 6.2 assists last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets, played alongside James from 2008-2010 with the…

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  • Mom of man killed setting off fireworks on head: rules lax

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives.

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  • Maryland boy dies after alleged beating for eating birthday cake

    The boy, Jack Garcia, died on Sunday after being on life support at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, a Hagerstown police spokesman said. Police arrived around 10:30 p.m. to find Jack suffering severe injuries to his face, neck, back, buttocks, legs and abdomen, according to a…

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  • French special forces kill Al-Qaeda commander in Mali: army

    France said on Tuesday its special forces in Mali killed an Al-Qaeda commander who had been released from prison in a swap for a French hostage. The army said Ali Ag Wadossene, one of the "operational leaders" of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), died on Sunday in the northeastern town of…

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  • How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

    Lots of controversy and confusion surround cholesterol. In patients who have coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease or carotid artery disease, there is no question about the benefit of cholesterol-lowering medications.

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  • Miss Universe Paulina Vega refuses to give up her crown

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe has refused to relinquish her crown despite a tide of condemnation following pageant owner Donald Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants.

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  • Inflatable anti-drowning device sits on your wrist like a mini life raft

    Forget water wings. The Kingii flotation device hangs out on your wrist, waiting to save you when you go under the water and need a lift back to the surface.

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  • The Latest: F-16, small plane collide over S. Carolina

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Here is a look at the latest news about an F-16 fighter jet that the Federal Aviation Administration says collided with a small plane over South Carolina:

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  • Police: No suspect in disguised man's $75,000 Wal-Mart theft

    BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — Investigators were working Monday to identify a man who took more than $75,000 from an Oklahoma Wal-Mart after disguising himself as an armored truck driver.

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  • Judge rules no pay for Illinois workers without state budget

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois won't be allowed to pay state workers in full during an ongoing budget impasse, a Cook County judge ruled Tuesday, effectively leaving some 65,000 employees without a paycheck as lawmakers continue to fight over a new spending plan.

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    When lightning strikes (27 photos)

    In an electrical storm, the storm clouds are charged like giant capacitors in the sky. The upper portion of the cloud is positive and the lower portion is negative. How the cloud acquires this charge is still not agreed upon within the scientific community, but the following description provides…

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  • Three-year-old Texas boy dies after accidentally shooting himself

    A 3-year-old Texas boy who shot himself at a Houston-area home over the weekend died on Monday from the wound, officials said. "When they went in to check on him, he had apparently located a .380 semiautomatic pistol that was in the bedroom and had apparently accidentally shot himself in the head,"…

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