• 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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  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Mom of man who died in fireworks accident says rules too 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.

    Associated Press
  • Russian bomber crashes in Pacific region, both pilots killed

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military aircraft crashed Monday while taking off on a nighttime training flight and both pilots were killed, the Defense Ministry said.

    Associated Press
  • Aftermath Of Son's Affair Puts Grandmother In Awkward Spot

    DEAR ABBY: My son had an affair that resulted in the birth of a child outside his marriage. The baby is extremely ill. My daughter-in-law has forgiven my son for his infidelity, and along with my two grandchildren, the little family is trying to rebuild and also do right by the baby.The baby's…

    Dear Abby
  • Gunmen attack Mexico Black Hawk, 6 suspects killed

    Mexican marines killed six suspected criminals after the gunmen shot at their Black Hawk helicopter in the drug violence-plagued northern state of Tamaulipas over the weekend, the navy said Monday. The aircraft was on a mission to locate drug cartel suspects when it found carloads of gunmen in a…

    AFP
  • 'Awful' crash, Confederate battle flags mar landmark NASCAR race

    One of NASCAR’s most dangerous and most popular races of the year began with a rain delay last night and ended early this morning with a horrific crash that injured five fans. The checkered flag had already been waved, signaling Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory at the Coke Zero 400, when Austin…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • How Your Retirement Account Balance Compares to Your Peers

    Your age often dictates your retirement saving priorities. In your 20s and 30s, you need to get some money into a retirement account so that it can start growing on your behalf. Here are some strategies to give your retirement finances a boost at each stage of your life.

    U.S.News & World Report
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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…

    Yahoo News
  • Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare

    CHICAGO (AP) — A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.

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  • Islamic State militants killed in U.S.-led air strikes, fighting with Kurds: monitor

    At least 37 Islamic State fighters were killed and scores injured in air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition and in clashes with Kurdish YPG militia in northeastern Syria near the border with Turkey, a monitor said. The British-based Observatory for Human Rights said sources on the ground confirmed…

    Reuters
  • Eurozone's poorer nations take hard line on Greece

    The eurozone's poorer former communist nations, having themselves endured painful reforms and austerity programmes, are taking a hard line on Greece after its people voted to reject creditors' bailout terms. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia have long insisted they are too poor to pay for the…

    AFP
  • Marriage To Slovenly Wife Brings Man Close To Tears

    DEAR ABBY: I have been married 40 years, and it's just the two of us. I work full time and make a good living. We have a large house in a great neighborhood. My problem is my wife. She hasn't worked throughout almost all of our marriage and has to be the laziest person I know. We haven't slept in…

    Dear Abby
  • 4 found dead at South Carolina home; no search for suspect

    ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Four people, including a local county official, were found shot to death at a suburban home Sunday night, and police were not looking for a suspect, authorities said.

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  • IMF tells Greece it cannot provide money due to missed payment

    The International Monetary Fund told Greece on Monday it could not provide funds to countries that had missed payments due to the international lender, an IMF representative said. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde spoke to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras about the Greek people's rejection…

    Reuters
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    Lions up a tree (17 photos)

    Just lion around! This is the bizarre moment an entire pride of lions decided to take a kip - 15 feet up a tree At least 15 of the beasts were caught on camera lounging on the branches of a sturdy tree in Central Serengeti, Tanzania. But while it might look as though they were using the vantage…

    Yahoo News
  • Reddit CEO Pao apologizes as Pao-must-go petition gathers steam

    Critics say Ellen Pao is fostering censorship that will destroy the community-curated news site. Reddit issues mea culpa, saying it's "screwed up" for years.

    CNET