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  • America welcomes July 4 with hot dogs, cool music, cold beer

    The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Here are some highlights and lowlights of Independence Day celebrations across…

  • Fireworks shoot into Colorado crowd; 9 suffer minor burns

    AVON, Colo. (AP) — Officials say nine people suffered minor burns during an accident at a fireworks show in Colorado. Virginia Egger, the town manager in Avon, says a malfunction caused a fireworks shell to…

  • Mets broadcaster doing fine after health issue

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York Mets radio play-by-play man Howie Rose is back in New York and doing fine, after an episode on the team’s coast-to-coast flight in which he passed out from dehydration…

  • Dr. Dre announces new radio show on Apple Music service

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Dre will be busting through your speakers with a new radio show on Apple Music. On Friday, the 50-year-old rap mogul announced a new radio show called “The Pharmacy,” which…

  • Who’s John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

    KATONAH, N.Y. (AP) — The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember — Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison. Almost never mentioned is John Jay. “Most people…

  • Leonard Nimoy’s son makes Spock documentary to honor father

    NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He’s creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on “Star Trek.” Nimoy said…

  • World’s largest folk art market to open in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It’s more than the world’s largest folk art market. It’s about keeping traditions alive and helping artisans from developing countries use their skills to start their own businesses. Now in…

  • Annual festival celebrates northern Michigan’s cherries

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The National Cherry Festival gets underway Saturday in Traverse City, featuring music, aerial acrobatics and plenty of activities celebrating northern Michigan’s signature fruit. The festival runs through July 11. Air…

  • Rarely seen color photos by Robert Capa in Budapest exhibit

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rarely seen color photographs by Robert Capa, the legendary Hungarian photographer best known for his battlefield pictures from the Spanish Civil War and D-Day, are being shown for the first time…

  • Smithsonian exhibit features Powers’ ‘Greek Slave’ sculpture

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian American Art Museum is featuring one of the 19th century’s most famous sculptures with a new exhibition about artist Hiram Powers’ “Greek Slave.” The new exhibition “Measured Perfection” opens Friday.…

  • Rarely seen color photos by Robert Capa in Budapest exhibit

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rarely seen color photographs by Robert Capa, the legendary Hungarian photographer best known for his battlefield pictures from the Spanish Civil War and D-Day, are being shown for the first time…

  • Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war

    BAGHDAD (AP) — In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT

    Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee; thousands evacuated from nearby area MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in…

  • Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. Reelz CEO Stan…

  • Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant’s owner, was “hurtful and unfair” in his comments about Mexican migrants. But Paulina Vega of Colombia says she isn’t giving up…