• 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 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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  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Hundreds of lawyers back Moroccan women on trial over outfits

    Hundreds of lawyers have registered to defend two women who went on trial in Morocco on Monday accused of "gross indecency" for wearing dresses considered provocative, an activist said. The move came as protesters took to the streets of the capital, Rabat, in support of the defendants. The verdict…

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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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    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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  • '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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Connecticut police search for baby after father jumped from bridge

    Connecticut police searched on Monday for a 7-month-old baby who may have been thrown off a bridge by his father before the man jumped more than 100 feet into the Connecticut River in a suicide attempt. The father, Tony Moreno, 22, of Middletown is in stable condition and charges are expected soon,…

    Reuters
  • 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
  • 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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  • Pregnant drinking common in Ireland, England, Australasia

    Twenty to 80 percent of women questioned in England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand drank alcohol while pregnant, researchers said Tuesday, flagging a "significant public health concern". "New policy and interventions are required to reduce alcohol prevalence both prior to and during…

    AFP
  • Search for missing California baby enters fifth day

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Crews aided by police dogs searched for a fifth day Monday for a baby who disappeared from her crib in her father's Northern California home.

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  • The morning after: Cheers fade as Greeks face reality

    After jubilant celebrations by 'No' voters, Athens returned to a reality of ATM queues on Monday and the shock news that the finance minister, champion of the victorious anti-austerity camp, had quit. "He is not like the ones before him.

    AFP
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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…

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  • China is building two untested nuclear reactors on Pakistan's coast

    Karachi approved the plan in late June when the city’s environmental agency deemed, “after careful review,” that the project was safe. Now environmentalists, nuclear experts and civil society activists are shouting with unusual gusto that the reactors, due to be completed by the China National…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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