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  • Americans celebrate July 4 with fireworks, parades, salutes

    Americans celebrate July 4 with fireworks, parades, salutes

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 12:08 AM EDT2018-07-04 04:08:39 GMT
    Thursday, July 5 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-07-05 20:07:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). Spectators cheer as confetti falls during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). Spectators cheer as confetti falls during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

    From New York to New Mexico, July Fourth events will celebrate what Americans have in common.

    From New York to New Mexico, July Fourth events will celebrate what Americans have in common.

  • Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

    Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 12:13 AM EDT2018-07-04 04:13:41 GMT
    Thursday, July 5 2018 2:25 PM EDT2018-07-05 18:25:38 GMT
    (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP). Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut poses with 72 hot dogs during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday...(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP). Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut poses with 72 hot dogs during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday...

    The men's record stands at 72 frankfurters and buns in 10 minutes.

    The men's record stands at 72 frankfurters and buns in 10 minutes.

  • 2 dead after tree branch falls on crowd at fireworks show

    2 dead after tree branch falls on crowd at fireworks show

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 3:39 PM EDT2018-07-04 19:39:01 GMT
    Thursday, July 5 2018 12:30 PM EDT2018-07-05 16:30:16 GMT
    Dozens were sitting near the tree watching the fireworks when the branch fell, crushing some of the spectators. Some of those who weren't hurt tried to lift the branch to free the people trapped beneath. (Source: Michael Gipson/CNN)Dozens were sitting near the tree watching the fireworks when the branch fell, crushing some of the spectators. Some of those who weren't hurt tried to lift the branch to free the people trapped beneath. (Source: Michael Gipson/CNN)

    Authorities say two people have died after a tree branch fell on a crowd of spectators during a fireworks show in western Illinois.

    Authorities say two people have died after a tree branch fell on a crowd of spectators during a fireworks show in western Illinois.

  • Capital employees march in Annapolis Independence Day parade

    Capital employees march in Annapolis Independence Day parade

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-07-04 03:23:28 GMT
    Thursday, July 5 2018 10:34 AM EDT2018-07-05 14:34:12 GMT
    Staff from the Maryland newspaper where five employees were shot to death plan to walk in the Fourth of July parade in Annapolis.
    Staff from the Maryland newspaper where five employees were shot to death plan to walk in the Fourth of July parade in Annapolis.
  • Protester's climb shuts down Statue of Liberty on July 4

    Protester's climb shuts down Statue of Liberty on July 4

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 4:20 PM EDT2018-07-04 20:20:44 GMT
    Thursday, July 5 2018 9:24 AM EDT2018-07-05 13:24:33 GMT
    Several people have hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and have been arrested.
    Several people have hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and have been arrested.
  • The Latest: Judging errors cast confusion at hot dog contest

    The Latest: Judging errors cast confusion at hot dog contest

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 1:15 PM EDT2018-07-04 17:15:24 GMT
    Thursday, July 5 2018 6:48 AM EDT2018-07-05 10:48:25 GMT
    (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP). Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut poses with 72 hot dogs during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday...(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP). Ten-time and defending Nathan's Famous Men's Champion Joey Chestnut poses with 72 hot dogs during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday...
    Chestnut gobbles record 74 franks and buns to win his 11th title at Nathan's hot dog eating contest.
    Chestnut gobbles record 74 franks and buns to win his 11th title at Nathan's hot dog eating contest.
  • Trump hails 'American heroes' who helped US win independence

    Trump hails 'American heroes' who helped US win independence

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 1:05 AM EDT2018-07-04 05:05:08 GMT
    Wednesday, July 4 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-07-04 23:16:27 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks during a "Salute to Service" dinner, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks during a "Salute to Service" dinner, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
    Trump celebrates active-duty service members and veterans during a military tribute in West Virginia on the eve of Independence Day.
    Trump celebrates active-duty service members and veterans during a military tribute in West Virginia on the eve of Independence Day.
  • VERY GRAPHIC: NFL player posts image of maimed hand to warn about fireworks safety

    VERY GRAPHIC: NFL player posts image of maimed hand to warn about fireworks safety

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 4:43 PM EDT2018-07-04 20:43:27 GMT
    Wednesday, July 4 2018 4:43 PM EDT2018-07-04 20:43:27 GMT
    Jason Pierre-Paul has continued playing for the New York Giants, wrapping his right hand in a cast. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Jason Pierre-Paul has continued playing for the New York Giants, wrapping his right hand in a cast. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident in 2015, losing a finger and almost his football career.

    Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident in 2015, losing a finger and almost his football career.

  • 2 dead after tree branch falls on crowd at fireworks show

    2 dead after tree branch falls on crowd at fireworks show

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 2:26 PM EDT2018-07-04 18:26:10 GMT
    Authorities say two people have died after a tree branch fell on spectators during a fireworks display in western Illinois. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)Authorities say two people have died after a tree branch fell on spectators during a fireworks display in western Illinois. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    Authorities say two people have died after a tree branch fell on spectators during a fireworks display in western Illinois.

    Authorities say two people have died after a tree branch fell on spectators during a fireworks display in western Illinois.

  • Beach Boys versus Sara Evans at July 4th rival TV concerts

    Beach Boys versus Sara Evans at July 4th rival TV concerts

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-07-03 19:20:56 GMT
    Wednesday, July 4 2018 12:10 PM EDT2018-07-04 16:10:15 GMT
    PBS' tradition of broadcasting music and fireworks from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol is facing competition from a different live concert in the same city at the same time hosted on the White House's South Lawn.
    PBS' tradition of broadcasting music and fireworks from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol is facing competition from a different live concert in the same city at the same time hosted on the White House's South Lawn.
  • Be courteous of veterans with PTSD today

    Be courteous of veterans with PTSD today

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 8:38 AM EDT2018-07-04 12:38:35 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Today we celebrate Fourth of July and many families will be outside tonight shooting fireworks and having a good time. However, there are some who may be suffering in silence behind closed doors with PTSD.

    Today we celebrate Fourth of July and many families will be outside tonight shooting fireworks and having a good time. However, there are some who may be suffering in silence behind closed doors with PTSD.

  • Firework safety tips

    Firework safety tips

    (Source: KWES)(Source: KWES)

    Lighting fireworks is an American tradition for many families on July 4.

    Lighting fireworks is an American tradition for many families on July 4.

  • The Latest: Trump celebrates service members ahead of July 4

    The Latest: Trump celebrates service members ahead of July 4

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 8:02 PM EDT2018-07-04 00:02:20 GMT
    Wednesday, July 4 2018 1:11 AM EDT2018-07-04 05:11:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump arrives to speak to a "Salute to Service" dinner, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump arrives to speak to a "Salute to Service" dinner, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
    President Donald Trump defends U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid criticism.
    President Donald Trump defends U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid criticism.
  • Social issues roiling US weigh heavy on Independence Day

    Social issues roiling US weigh heavy on Independence Day

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-07-03 22:27:16 GMT
    Wednesday, July 4 2018 12:50 AM EDT2018-07-04 04:50:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jay Reeves). Floyd Champion, 77, counts money at his roadside produce stand in Alabaster, Ala., on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. A big fan of President Donald Trump, Champion said he plans to spend July 4 selling watermelons, tomatoes and other prod...(AP Photo/Jay Reeves). Floyd Champion, 77, counts money at his roadside produce stand in Alabaster, Ala., on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. A big fan of President Donald Trump, Champion said he plans to spend July 4 selling watermelons, tomatoes and other prod...
    Americans are reflecting on what Independence Day means as the country prepares to celebrate its 242nd birthday.
    Americans are reflecting on what Independence Day means as the country prepares to celebrate its 242nd birthday.
  • Watch your fire: Fourth of July celebrations can spark stress in vets

    Watch your fire: Fourth of July celebrations can spark stress in vets

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 9:58 PM EDT2018-07-04 01:58:05 GMT
    Fireworks may be enjoyable for some, but for those who fought for our country, it can be a tough time of year. (Source: KFDA)Fireworks may be enjoyable for some, but for those who fought for our country, it can be a tough time of year. (Source: KFDA)

    Fireworks may be enjoyable for some, but for those who fought for our country, it can be a tough time of year. 

    Fireworks may be enjoyable for some, but for those who fought for our country, it can be a tough time of year. 

  • Medical professionals urge consumers to use caution with at-home fireworks

    Medical professionals urge consumers to use caution with at-home fireworks

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-07-04 01:17:47 GMT
    Source KFDASource KFDA

    While some local medical professionals are urging residents to leave the fireworks displays to the experts, they say if you are going to participate to do so with caution.  

    While some local medical professionals are urging residents to leave the fireworks displays to the experts, they say if you are going to participate to do so with caution.  

  • Police warn about dangers of celebratory gunfire

    Police warn about dangers of celebratory gunfire

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 3:56 PM EDT2018-07-03 19:56:17 GMT
    Brendon Mackey died on July 4, 2013. (Source: Chesterfield Police Dept.)Brendon Mackey died on July 4, 2013. (Source: Chesterfield Police Dept.)

    Chesterfield police are warning residents about the dangers of celebratory gunfire during Fourth of July celebrations.

    Chesterfield police are warning residents about the dangers of celebratory gunfire during Fourth of July celebrations.

  • New York, Philadelphia are among America's best Fourth of July fireworks displays

    New York, Philadelphia are among America's best Fourth of July fireworks displays

    Monday, July 2 2018 2:35 PM EDT2018-07-02 18:35:50 GMT
    Tuesday, July 3 2018 2:45 PM EDT2018-07-03 18:45:57 GMT
    Fireworks light up the sky over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Fireworks light up the sky over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    On Wednesday, Americans will visit parks, lakes, rivers and other public spaces to watch their hometown fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day.

    On Wednesday, Americans will visit parks, lakes, rivers and other public spaces to watch their hometown fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day.

  • St. Louis, Philadelphia among America's best Fourth of July celebrations

    St. Louis, Philadelphia among America's best Fourth of July celebrations

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 2:42 PM EDT2018-07-03 18:42:27 GMT
    Tuesday, July 3 2018 2:42 PM EDT2018-07-03 18:42:27 GMT

    Independence Day celebrations aren't complete without sitting along a street in your hometown watching marching bands, classic cars and over-the-top floats pass by.

    Independence Day celebrations aren't complete without sitting along a street in your hometown watching marching bands, classic cars and over-the-top floats pass by.

  • The Secret Service is warning July 4 holiday travelers about card skimmers

    The Secret Service is warning July 4 holiday travelers about card skimmers

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 2:28 PM EDT2018-07-03 18:28:33 GMT
    Secret Service agents across the country are taking a stand against gas pump skimming before the upcoming 4th of July travel, estimated to be the most traveled July 4th in history. (Source: U.S. Secret Service/Twitter)Secret Service agents across the country are taking a stand against gas pump skimming before the upcoming 4th of July travel, estimated to be the most traveled July 4th in history. (Source: U.S. Secret Service/Twitter)
    Secret Service agents across the country are taking a stand against gas pump skimming before the upcoming 4th of July travel, estimated to be the most traveled July 4th in history. (Source: U.S. Secret Service/Twitter)Secret Service agents across the country are taking a stand against gas pump skimming before the upcoming 4th of July travel, estimated to be the most traveled July 4th in history. (Source: U.S. Secret Service/Twitter)

    The U.S. Secret Service is issuing a warning to all Americans on card skimmers before they embark on any journeys this July 4 holiday.  

    The U.S. Secret Service is issuing a warning to all Americans on card skimmers before they embark on any journeys this July 4 holiday.  

  • Treating Old Glory right: How to display the American flag

    Treating Old Glory right: How to display the American flag

    Monday, July 2 2018 8:56 PM EDT2018-07-03 00:56:02 GMT
    Monday, July 2 2018 10:49 PM EDT2018-07-03 02:49:32 GMT

    It turns out the federal government has an extensive list of suggested rules to encourage respect for our flag

    It turns out the federal government has an extensive list of suggested rules to encourage respect for our flag

  • Fireworks frenzy: Keeping your pets safe and contained during summer fireworks

    Fireworks frenzy: Keeping your pets safe and contained during summer fireworks

    Monday, July 2 2018 10:28 PM EDT2018-07-03 02:28:35 GMT
    Fireworks can cause stress and anxiety in some pets (Source: KFDA)Fireworks can cause stress and anxiety in some pets (Source: KFDA)
    Fireworks can cause stress and anxiety in some pets (Source: KFDA)Fireworks can cause stress and anxiety in some pets (Source: KFDA)

    Chances are you've already heard the loud pops, whistles and booms of fireworks. 

    Chances are you've already heard the loud pops, whistles and booms of fireworks. 

  • American flags stolen from Navy veteran's Fourth of July display

    American flags stolen from Navy veteran's Fourth of July display

    Monday, July 2 2018 8:45 PM EDT2018-07-03 00:45:41 GMT
    Several American flags were stolen from a Navy veteran's yard ahead of the Fourth of July (Source: NBC12)Several American flags were stolen from a Navy veteran's yard ahead of the Fourth of July (Source: NBC12)

    A Mechanicsville neighborhood is coming together for a Navy veteran after several people reportedly stole American Flags from a display at the man’s home. 

    A Mechanicsville neighborhood is coming together for a Navy veteran after several people reportedly stole American Flags from a display at the man’s home. 

  • Keeping pets calm when fireworks start

    Keeping pets calm when fireworks start

    Monday, July 2 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-07-02 23:11:16 GMT
    Source: KCBD PhotoSource: KCBD Photo
    Source: KCBD PhotoSource: KCBD Photo

    Everybody loves to watch fireworks light up the night sky, but this holiday tradition can be a nightmare for pets.

    Everybody loves to watch fireworks light up the night sky, but this holiday tradition can be a nightmare for pets.

  • How to spot a dud firework

    How to spot a dud firework

    Monday, July 2 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-07-03 00:05:04 GMT
    This missile firework which only has three of its four legs is an example of 'dud' firework that can easily tip over and put the observers in danger of getting hit (Source: Nathan Ellgren, KFVS).This missile firework which only has three of its four legs is an example of 'dud' firework that can easily tip over and put the observers in danger of getting hit (Source: Nathan Ellgren, KFVS).
    This missile firework which only has three of its four legs is an example of 'dud' firework that can easily tip over and put the observers in danger of getting hit.This missile firework which only has three of its four legs is an example of 'dud' firework that can easily tip over and put the observers in danger of getting hit.

    It can be frustrating when the fireworks you buy end up not working. It can also be very dangerous if you approach a dud firework too soon.

    It can be frustrating when the fireworks you buy end up not working. It can also be very dangerous if you approach a dud firework too soon.

  • Virginia Wildlife Center to release bald eagle July 4

    Virginia Wildlife Center to release bald eagle July 4

    Monday, July 2 2018 1:09 PM EDT2018-07-02 17:09:43 GMT

    The eagle will be released July 4 at 11 a.m. at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

    The eagle will be released July 4 at 11 a.m. at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

  • How to stay cool during summer's relentless heat

    How to stay cool during summer's relentless heat

    Monday, July 2 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-07-02 16:19:55 GMT
    Monday, July 2 2018 12:54 PM EDT2018-07-02 16:54:29 GMT

    People of all ages, regardless of their health and physical activity, indoors and out, will need to stay hydrated during this summer's heat.

    People of all ages, regardless of their health and physical activity, indoors and out, will need to stay hydrated during this summer's heat.

  • Nasty things in beach water can make you sick: Here's how to stay healthy this summer

    Nasty things in beach water can make you sick: Here's how to stay healthy this summer

    Monday, July 2 2018 12:49 PM EDT2018-07-02 16:49:35 GMT
    Monday, July 2 2018 12:49 PM EDT2018-07-02 16:49:35 GMT
    The CDC found that the untreated fresh water at lakes, reservoirs, and ponds posed the greatest risk of sickness for swimmers. (Source: Pixabay)The CDC found that the untreated fresh water at lakes, reservoirs, and ponds posed the greatest risk of sickness for swimmers. (Source: Pixabay)

    The CDC found that the untreated freshwater at lakes, reservoirs, and ponds posed the greatest risk of sickness for swimmers.

    The CDC found that the untreated freshwater at lakes, reservoirs, and ponds posed the greatest risk of sickness for swimmers.

  • Fireworks safety tips for July 4th to keep your family from getting hurt

    Fireworks safety tips for July 4th to keep your family from getting hurt

    Friday, June 29 2018 12:03 PM EDT2018-06-29 16:03:25 GMT

    About 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July Fourth holiday, most of them with injuries to their hands or head.

    About 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July Fourth holiday, most of them with injuries to their hands or head.

  • WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: Shocking injuries caused by fireworks

    WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: Shocking injuries caused by fireworks

    Friday, June 29 2018 11:50 AM EDT2018-06-29 15:50:10 GMT
    Dr. Desirae McKee, hand surgeon and Texas Tech Physician (Source: KCBD Video)Dr. Desirae McKee, hand surgeon and Texas Tech Physician (Source: KCBD Video)

    WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES: Survivors of fireworks accidents have given us permission to share images and video of their injuries to try and warn people what happens when they're careless with fireworks.

    WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES: Survivors of fireworks accidents have given us permission to share images and video of their injuries to try and warn people what happens when they're careless with fireworks.

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  • Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

    Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:08:46 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 12:06 AM EDT2018-07-19 04:06:09 GMT
    Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

  • Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:31:41 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 12:06 AM EDT2018-07-19 04:06:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

  • FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

    FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:09 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:09:49 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-07-19 04:05:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, FBI Director Chris Wray speaks at his installation ceremony at the FBI Building in Washington. Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling. ...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, FBI Director Chris Wray speaks at his installation ceremony at the FBI Building in Washington. Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling. ...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling.
    FBI Director Christopher Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling.
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