• 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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  • 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
  • Las Vegas completing last straw to draw Lake Mead water

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took $817 million, two starts, more than six years and one worker's life to drill a so-called "Third Straw" to make sure glittery casinos and sprawling suburbs of Las Vegas can keep getting drinking water from near the bottom of drought-stricken Lake Mead.

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  • Leaping sturgeon kills five-year-old girl boating in Florida

    Jaylon Rippy was boating with her family on the Suwannee River in northwest Florida near Fanning Springs on Thursday evening when the jumping fish injured the young girl along with her mother and her 9-year-old brother, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission said in a statement. The family members,…

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  • Iraq warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing 7: officials

    A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a "technical problem", killing at least seven people, security and medical officials said. "One of the bombs became stuck because of a technical problem, and during its (the aircraft's) return to base it…

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    Shot that killed 7-year-old boy in Humboldt Park meant for his dad, police say

    A 7-year-old boy was fatally shot on the city's West Side Saturday night and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the intended target was his father, a "ranking gang member."

    WLS – Chicago
  • Police: 3 found dead in coastal Maine town were parents, son

    BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — State police have identified three bodies found inside two houses in the coastal Maine town of Boothbay Harbor as that of a married couple and their 40-year-old son, a high school social studies teacher.

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  • Amazon to celebrate 20th birthday with Prime Day sale

    The company claims the summer sale will have more deals than Black Friday, though the discounts will only be available to its Prime members.

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  • 'Europe is dying', EU opponents say, as Greek 'No' brings delight

    If Greece's 'No' vote shocked euro zone leaders, it brought delight to opponents of the European Union who said it showed the entire European project, including the euro, was dying. Rejecting European creditors' demands, Greeks voted against the terms of a bailout on Sunday, delivering one of the…

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  • 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
  • US pier attack suspect says he shot woman by mistake

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican man arrested in the seemingly random fatal shooting of a woman at a San Francisco pier admitted in a jailhouse interview that he shot her, but said it was an accident.

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  • Сhina's influence grows as Russian crisis rocks Central Asia

    At a bazaar in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, once a far-flung outpost of the Soviet Union, cheap goods from neighbouring China are helping offset the pain caused by Russia's economic meltdown. As low world prices for Russian energy exports and Western sanctions over Ukraine stir economic trouble…

    AFP
  • Klinsmann warning for US as football CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off

    Jurgen Klinsmann says the United States will have to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup crown the hard way as the tournament kicks off on Tuesday with the region's governing body still reeling from the FIFA corruption scandal. "We are under the expectations of winning this tournament," Klinsmann said.…

    AFP
  • Police kill gunman inside posh downtown Austin hotel

    The shootings at the Omni Austin Hotel, about four blocks from the Texas state Capitol, happened just before 5 a.m. CDT, police said. A 911 caller reported a man walking around with a gun in the lobby of the hotel, a sleek high-rise with a soaring atrium overlooking the city's historic Sixth Street…

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    Boy, 3, accidentally shoots self in the face in north Harris County

    Investigators say a three-year-old boy is in critical condition after he accidentally shot himself in north Harris County

    KTRK – Houston
  • Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai: sources

    Egypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region. The Sinai has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting…

    Reuters
  • Government blows heads off to make you think twice about fireworks

    It's July 4, and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission wants you to be extra careful while you celebrate.

    CNET