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'Show of a lifetime' or waste of taxpayer dollars? Trump defends 4th of July extravaganza 'Show of a lifetime' or waste of taxpayer dollars? Trump defends 4th of July extravaganza
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is defending his Fourth of July extravaganza amid questions about its expense and concerns that he is politicizing an annual holiday celebration. In a pair of tweets on Wednesday, Trump dismissed criticism about the event, which will take place Thursday at the Lincoln Memorial and will feature Army tanks, a flyover of military jets and Air Force One, firework...
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Someone sent 'Straight Pride' parade organizers glitter. They called police for 'suspicious packages' Someone sent 'Straight Pride' parade organizers glitter. They called police for 'suspicious packages'
Organizers of the so-called "Straight Pride" parade planned in Boston later this summer say they were sent "suspicious packages" that turned out to be "glitter and vague ominous letters." In a blog post on their website, the organizers from the group Super Happy Fun America called the incident "the action of domestic terrorists." At least three of the parade's organizers say the suspicious p...
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Record-smashing heat wave bakes Alaska, worsening wildfires and melting sea ice Record-smashing heat wave bakes Alaska, worsening wildfires and melting sea ice
Record-smashing heat has scorched Alaska over the past few days, and even worse heat is in store for the week ahead. On Saturday, downtown Juneau, Alaska's capital city, hit 83 degrees, breaking a record that had stood for 110 years. The heat has also exacerbated a wildfire near Anchorage that's brought extremely smoky skies to the city. Late Sunday, people walked through midtown Anchorage c...
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As pool of eligible recruits shrinks, military branches compete more than ever for enlistees As pool of eligible recruits shrinks, military branches compete more than ever for enlistees
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Recent high school graduate Cameron Newton, 19, spent a year working at a Pensacola Beach seafood restaurant, but wasn't sure about his long-term life plans. Growing up near Naval Air Station Pensacola, he thought about joining the Navy. "But I didn't want to be on a boat," Newton said. And the Army? "That just isn't for me," he said. So Newton ended up in the office...
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FAA finds new 'potential risk' in Boeing 737 Max, a setback that could delay plane's return to the skies FAA finds new 'potential risk' in Boeing 737 Max, a setback that could delay plane's return to the skies
Federal aviation authorities have identified a new problem in the Boeing 737 Max that they want remedied before the troubled jetliner can fly again. The discovery of the problem, which is going to require, at very least, additional software fixes and testing to remedy, could further push back the return to service for the jet already grounded during airlines' busy summer travel season after two...
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'God, Guns and Freedom': A rural Alabama Ford dealership's Fourth of July promotion is a viral sensation 'God, Guns and Freedom': A rural Alabama Ford dealership's Fourth of July promotion is a viral sensation
A car dealership in a rural Alabama town is tapping into some of the locals' passions for a special Fourth of July promotion. Chatom Ford, a dealership in Chatom, Alabama, is running a “God, Guns and Freedom” promotion that promises a Bible, a 12-gauge shotgun and an American flag to anyone who buys a car between the start of the promotion and July 31. The dealership released a Facebook vide...
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Texas mom charged with homicide after running over her 3-year-old during a game of 'chicken' Texas mom charged with homicide after running over her 3-year-old during a game of 'chicken'
A woman has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after police say she ran over her 3-year-old son during a game of “chicken" in Houston. Surveillance video from June 11 shows Lexus Stagg, 26, backing up her 2006 Lincoln Navigator as her three children chased after it. She then switched gear and drove forward, striking the boy and trapping him under the right front tire, according to...
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Crews fight to save centuries-old Mother Tree in Arizona's Superstition Wilderness Crews fight to save centuries-old Mother Tree in Arizona's Superstition Wilderness
PHOENIX – Medusa. Mother. El Viejo. This ancient tree in the Tonto National Forest has gone by many names. Its exact age isn't known, but experts with the Tonto National Forest estimate it is between 600 and 1,000 years old. The Medusa Mother Tree, an alligator juniper named for the flakiness of its bark, has survived many fires in its lifetime, signified by the scars on its branches. ...
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Alabama governor quietly signs law allowing mega-church a private police force Alabama governor quietly signs law allowing mega-church a private police force
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation allowing a mega-church to establish its own police force, despite threats of a legal challenge. The law, which was approved quietly two weeks ago, allows Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to set-up a private law enforcement department to make arrests when crimes are committed on its properties, according to the Associated Press. Church...
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Giant – and controversial – telescope to be built on sacred Hawaiian peak Giant – and controversial – telescope to be built on sacred Hawaiian peak
HONOLULU – After years of protests and legal battles, officials have announced that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a Hawaiian volcano that some consider sacred. The state announced a “notice to proceed” for the Thirty Meter Telescope project at a news conference Thursday. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said ...
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