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  • Two dead, three missing in Louisville boat accident: reports

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - Two people were killed and three were missing after a boat crashed into a bridge in downtown Louisville Saturday night.

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  • America celebrates July 4 with hot dogs and barbecues amid tightened security

    Americans marched in star-spangled parades, ran relay races, gathered for fireworks shows and crowned a new world hot dog eating champion as they celebrated Independence Day in traditional style on Saturday. Possible security threats, wildfires in the West and rainy weather on the East Coast…

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  • At least 14 hospitalized after deck collapses in North Carolina

    A deck on a house on the North Carolina coast collapsed on Saturday as a family gathered for a photo, and at least 14 people were rushed to the hospital including several in critical condition, officials said. The wooden deck at the house overlooking the ocean in Emerald Isle was one-storey high,…

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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…

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  • July 4 crowds ignore call to boycott Georgia park over Confederate flag

    By Rich McKay STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (Reuters) - Fourth of July holidaymakers ignored a call to boycott Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, known as the "Confederate Rushmore," over its display of the contentious Confederate flag. Democratic state Representative LaDawn Blackett Jones this week urged…

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  • America celebrates July 4 with hot dogs, banners and barbecues

    By Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans marched in star-spangled parades, ran relay races, gathered for fireworks shows and crowned a new world hot dog eating champion as they celebrated Independence Day in traditional style on Saturday. Possible security threats, wildfires in the West and…

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  • Under fire for comments, Trump weighs in on California shooting

    A random fatal shooting in San Francisco, allegedly by an immigrant, proves the United States must tighten its borders, according to a statement on Friday by U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is facing heavy criticism for his comments about Mexicans. Kathryn Steinle, 32, was fatally…

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  • Oregon marijuana fans look to cash in on new law

    More than a thousand marijuana enthusiasts and entrepreneurs met in Oregon on Friday to swap samples, contacts and business tips in hopes of profiting from the state's new law allowing the recreational use of pot. Licensed growers handed out free tastes, gardening experts displayed organic plant…

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  • Colorado crash of medical transport helicopter kills pilot

    No patients were on board, and the helicopter was not on a medical mission at the time, he said. The pilot was killed, and a flight paramedic and flight nurse were seriously injured, according to Air Methods Corp , an Englewood, Colorado-based company that operated the helicopter. “We are deeply…

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  • High-ranking Mormon church figure Boyd Packer dies at 90

    (Reuters) - Boyd Packer, head of the Mormon Church's highest governing body, died at his home in Salt Lake City on Friday, the church said on its website. Packer, who served as president of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had been next in line to be church president, according to his…

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  • South Carolina church fire started by natural causes: police

    The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the fires and has so far determined that one was an electrical fire and two others were from natural causes. The fires were being investigated against the backdrop of the June 17 shooting of nine black churchgoers at a historic black church in…

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  • Baltimore police probe 'enjoy your ride' sign in transport van

    Six police officers are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who died in April from severe spinal injuries after being transported in a police wagon. In a statement, police called the sign "both concerning and unacceptable." Deputy Police Commissioner Dean Palmere has ordered an inspection of…

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  • JetBlue launches New York-to-Havana charter flights

    The airline said Cuba Travel Services Inc is offering the weekly flight on Fridays between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. It did not say how much the trip would cost.

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  • Thousands head home after Tennessee train fire forced evacuation

    Authorities were examining the black box from the CSX Corp train that derailed with one tank car bursting into flames at midnight Wednesday in Blount County, near Maryville, Tennessee. The tank car fire was extinguished by late Thursday, CSX said. The car was loaded with about 24,000 gallons of…

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  • New York governor orders more July Fourth security after alert

    "We are keenly aware that New York State remains a top target for terrorists," Cuomo said in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued an alert calling for local authorities and the public to remain vigilant for possible threats following…

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  • New York fugitive wrote to daughter 'See you on the outside': report

    Matt, 49, was shot and killed by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent on June 26 about 27 miles northwest (43 km) northwest of the prison in Dannemora, New York. Sweat, 35, was shot and captured on Sunday another 23 miles (37 km) away, close to the Canadian border.

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  • California removes 'lynching' language from state law

    California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill striking the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to take someone from police custody. The bill, which passed unanimously in the state legislature last week, followed outrage over the arrest of…

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  • Bone-dry West Coast states curb July 4 fireworks displays

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Authorities battling dozens of large wildfires along the parched U.S. West Coast are clamping down on Independence Day fireworks displays over fears that wayward sparks could trigger fresh blazes. Communities in Washington state and Oregon have imposed…

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  • Vendors in Los Angeles parks may be forced to move along

    Lourdes Segura and Teresa De Leon, sitting on folding chairs by a playground at a Los Angeles park, have neatly set out anything a child might want, from tiny firework snappers that crackle on pavement to Doritos chips. Thousands of Los Angeles street vendors, many of them unauthorized immigrants…

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  • Oregon man jailed on suspicion of killing parents dies after suicide attempt

    Jeremy Daniel Ringquist, 38, has been held since June 25 at the Lane County jail in Eugene on two counts of aggravated murder. Police said the bodies found in the freezer of the home in Springfield, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of Portland, were those of Randy and Karen Ringquist, both…

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