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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.

'A beautiful day' in Haiti: Early converts reflect on church growth, temple announcement

Following the announcement of a new temple in Port-au-Prince, two early Haitian converts reflect on the growth of the LDS Church in that Caribbean nation. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Gulf states reach what could be 'the largest settlement with a single entity in American history' with BP over oil spill

BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion record settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Fired special education teacher files lawsuit

A former special education teacher wants $1.7 million in damages from the school district that she says fired her over complaints she made about another instructor. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Tunisia: 8 people suspected of direct links to beach attack

Eight people are in custody in Tunisia, suspected of having direct links to a deadly beach attack that killed 38 people, but four other possible suspects have been released, a minister said Thursday. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks

Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Kenya detains alleged Islamic State recruiters from Uganda

Kenyan authorities are holding two Ugandan men who are accused of recruiting for the Islamic State group in East Africa. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Egypt military pounds Sinai militant positions, kills 23

The Egyptian military pounded Islamic militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai on Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by Islamic State-linked extremists in the... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on 'Sesame Street,' retiring

"Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Train derailment, fire prompts evacuation in Tennessee

A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people within a 2-mile radius. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Q&A: The case for competency-based college education

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Woodrow Wilson Academy will offer master's degrees using clear objectives, mentoring and high-tech simulators. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Teaching the teachers: Do we know how to create real professionals?

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After decades of school reform and accountability conflict, confusion still lingers over how to train great teachers. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker entering 2016 presidential race

Aides to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker say the Republican is entering the crowded Republican race for president. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT GREECE IS BRACING FOR More chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Benghazi, where Libya's uprising began, now a shattered city

The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin — a testimony to the destruction and... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs religion

Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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US employers add 223K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 pct.

U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. But wages failed to budge, and other barometers of the job market paint a mixed... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest

Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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2 former Khmer Rouge leaders appeal convictions

The two surviving senior leaders of Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge regime launched appeals Thursday of their convictions by a U.N.-backed tribunal that sentenced them to life in prison for their... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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The Latest: Bank guard shot dead in Egypt

The latest on the aftermath of a coordinated militant assault on Egyptian security forces in the restive northern Sinai that killed dozens of troops and set off the bloodiest fighting in the... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Afghan court cancels death sentences in mob killing of woman

An Afghan court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine, a judge said Thursday. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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New warden, increased security after New York prison escape

A new superintendent has been named at the maximum-security prison in upstate New York where two inmates escaped last month, and a range of new security measures has been put in place. Read more »

July 2, 2015

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