• 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.

    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
  • 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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    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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  • 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
  • '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…

    Reuters
  • Woods goes bogey free for first time since 2013

    Tiger Woods fired his first bogey free round since 2013 on Sunday, closing with a three-under par 67 in the final round of The Greenbrier Classic. The former world number one snapped a string of 55 straight rounds with a bogey or worse -- a stretch dating back to his last bogey free round at The…

    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…

    Reuters
  • 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
  • Minneapolis Muslim girls design their own modest sportswear

    When Muslims on the Cedar Riverside Community School girls’ basketball team in Minneapolis found their traditional clothing interfered with sports activities, they sought a solution. With the help of students at University of Minnesota's College of Design and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls…

    Christian Science Monitor
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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
  • For escapee, prison now will mean 23 hours a day in a cell

    ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) — The surviving escapee from a prison break and three-week manhunt will spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell, much more confined than he and a fellow murder convict were in the prison from which they managed a getaway, officials said Sunday.

    Associated Press
  • Rivals Pakistan, India to start process of joining China security bloc

    Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will start the process of joining a security bloc led by China and Russia at a summit in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, the first time the grouping has expanded since it was set up in 2001. The Shanghai Cooperation…

    Reuters
  • Sleepless nights for father of girl allegedly abused by French soldier

    Ben Ouedraogo hasn't been able to sleep since the discovery of a video that appears to show a French soldier sexually abusing his fiver-year-old daughter at a swimming pool in Burkina Faso. Ouedraogo has been living in torment since Sunday, when a film of his daughter and her three-year-old friend…

    AFP
  • 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
  • 'Terminator,' 'Magic Mike' fizzle at July 4th box office

    NEW YORK (AP) — July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

    Associated Press