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America celebrates July 4 with parades, hot dogs, cool music

The US marks 239 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the Fourth with parades, fireworks, food and music.

Bentley: Removing Confederate flags was 'right thing to do'

Gov. Robert Bentley said removing four Confederate flags from the state Capitol was the "right thing to do" and that the state didn't need to go through a fight over the banners. Read more »

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Slain woman's parents focused on healing, not on accused man having been deported 5 times

The parents of a woman killed at a San Francisco pier say they are focused on healing and not on the fact that the man accused of shooting her has been deported five times. Read more »

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Clinton: Hopeful US can reach 'verifiable deal' with Iran

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that she remains hopeful the U.S. can reach a "strong verifiable deal" to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program by next week's deadline. Read more »

3 hours ago

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Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together

As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling... Read more »

4 hours ago

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A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border... Read more »

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Analysts: Greek government's post-referendum future unsure

Whether Greeks decide in Sunday's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts... Read more »

4 hours ago

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Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016,"... Read more »

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In our opinion: Declaration of Independence — a document worthy of review

On the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we provide lengthy excerpts from the beginning and conclusion of that symbolic manuscript of liberty, drafted by Thomas... Read more »

5 hours ago

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McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the... Read more »

8 hours ago

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Ten Commandments decision prompts conservative outcry

The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to order a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds has so angered conservatives in the Legislature that some Republicans are calling... Read more »

8 hours ago

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Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county

The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road — a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick owned the place. Read more »

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After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M

Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops... Read more »

11 hours ago

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New tune for piano-playing senator: Revised education policy

How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate? Read more »

13 hours ago

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Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning

Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt's Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo's Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt's upheavals,... Read more »

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Would euro departure help or hurt Europe's currency union?

With aid negotiations off and ATMs running out of money, it's not speculation any more. Greece could leave the euro. And soon. Read more »

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Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny

In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to... Read more »

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Greek villagers' secret weapon: Grow your own food

Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch. Read more »

yesterday

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Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys

2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. Read more »

yesterday

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Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation

In a message to Washington, Iran's foreign minister on Friday called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to... Read more »

yesterday

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Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year. Read more »

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Clinton says she takes a 'backseat to no one' among liberals

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she takes a "backseat to no one" on championing liberal causes, presenting herself as a standard-bearer for Democrats as primary challenger Bernie Sanders... Read more »

yesterday

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Utah denies proposed ballot initiative imposing term limits

Utah's elections office has rejected a proposed initiative petition to impose term limits on those appointed to serve on hundreds of state boards and commissions. Read more »

yesterday

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Greek villagers secret weapon: Grow your own food

Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch. Read more »

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Obama's counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism

At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Egypt's warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai

Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area's bloodiest fighting... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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