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  • Burt's Bees cofounder Burt Shavitz dead at 80

    Shavitz, a "a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man" and beekeeper, co-founded the company with artist Roxanne Quimby in 1984, the company said in a statement. "It is with broken hearts that we must convey the saddest news: Burt Shavitz, our co-founder and namesake, has left for greener fields…

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  • Illegal fireworks eyed as cause of California fires

    Three fires that broke out on the July Fourth holiday in California were possibly sparked by the use of illegal fireworks and a man was arrested after fireworks exploded at a party and injured several people, officials said on Sunday. The Hollister Police Department said 35-year-old Shawn Gregory…

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  • Infant found on side of Maryland road

    Anne Arundel County Police said in a statement that the infant, who is in good condition and in the custody of social services, was found in the Baltimore-area city of Pasadena after someone called to report the baby girl late on July 4th. Police said the mother, identified by police as…

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  • North Carolina deck likely collapsed due to old nails

    The support structures for the wooden deck at the house overlooking the ocean in Emerald Isle, about 60 miles (96 km) from Wilmington, remained intact after the Saturday evening collapse, town manager Frank Rush Jr. said in a statement on Sunday. The incident followed a June 16 balcony collapse in…

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  • 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…

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  • Captured New York fugitive moved to prison from hospital

    Captured prison escapee David Sweat was released on Sunday from a New York hospital where he had been treated for gunshot wounds and moved to a prison more than 250 miles from the one he fled, authorities said. Sweat, captured last Sunday following a three-week manhunt, will be locked up alone in…

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  • Phoenix firefighters free man from chimney after prank

    Phoenix Fire Department video shows a crew in helmets drilling into a wall during an operation that department spokesman ​Aaron Ernsberger said involved about 30 firefighters. It can't be fun," one firefighter tells the man, before knocking away the last bricks and hauling him out by his legs,…

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  • Maine man dies after trying to light firework on his head

    Devon Staples, 22, of Calais, Maine, was drinking and celebrating the holiday in a friend's backyard when he placed the fireworks mortar tube on his head around 10 p.m., said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. McCausland said it was unclear whether the…

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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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  • Boat explosion in Maryland injures 10 people

    Ten people, including three children, were injured when a boat refueling at a Chesapeake Bay marina in Maryland exploded in flames on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday. The injured were rushed to local hospitals, including five who were taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center's burn…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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