- America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades
Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation:
- Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.
- A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.
- Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, thwarting Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.
- Ohio community seeks clues, fights fear after 6 women vanish
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — The fate of six women — four of them dead, two missing for months — has people on edge in this small southern Ohio city as relatives seek clues, seemingly in vain, to whatever happened to their loved ones.
- Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county
SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — 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.
- At least 14 hurt in deck collapse at North Carolina beach
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beach house as a family got set to take a group photo Saturday evening, leaving at least 14 people injured with two of those in critical condition, authorities said.
- Slain woman's parents focused on healing, not sanctuary law
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.
- Texas wants its gold back inside the state's borders
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.
- Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.
- Why the gov't let many trade schools become diploma mills
WASHINGTON (AP) — How did trade schools go from being mom-and-pop shops that trained mechanics and hair stylists to making billions on Wall Street? And if the industry is as predatory as the Education Department and many lawmakers suggest, why didn't they stop it?