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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…

  • Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an “encounter with the divine,” saying listening to Mozart helps him experience “very deeply the Lord’s presence.” Benedict’s…

  • America ushers in July 4

    UNDATED (AP) — From coast to coast, Americans are celebrating the country’s independence with family gatherings, fireworks, parades and food. Philadelphia started its celebration a little early with the Liberty Block Party on Friday near…

  • Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend

    As the nation gears up to celebrate America’s birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country: ___ NATHAN’S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST Competitive eaters have weighed in and are ready for…

  • Tuning up for American Pharoah’s next race in the Haskell

    The race, date and place are set for American Pharoah’s next start: the Haskell Invitational, Aug. 2, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. Perhaps the coolest part of Thursday’s announcement involves Bruce Springsteen possibly performing…

  • 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…

  • Frankie Beverly and Maze returns to Essence Festival

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For 15 years, thousands of fans dressed all in white entered the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Festival anticipating the soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who…

  • ‘Redneck Riviera’ no more, south Walton now draws celebs

    GRAYTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Once a part of the “Redneck Riviera,” the south Walton County strip along state road 30A has traded its jean shorts for designer labels, though pickup trucks remain in style.…

  • Denver campaign would allow marijuana use in bars

    DENVER (AP) — Beer? Wine? Or weed? A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational…

  • Frankie Beverly and Maze returns to Essence Festival

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For 15 years, thousands of fans dressed all in white entered the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Festival anticipating the soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who…

  • Thousands truckin’ to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band’s prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography…

  • CAS explain how Vanessa-Mae cleared of Olympic ski race fix

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials “smitten” by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport’s highest court.…

  • PHOTOS: A Capitol Fourth 2015

    WASHINGTON — The 34th annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration returns to the National Mall on Saturday, July 4. View images of the event, its rehearsals and more. Send your photos using #WTOP on Twitter or through the…

  • Trainor postpones 2 shows due to hemorrhage on vocal chords

    NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan Trainor is postponing two shows because of a hemorrhage on her vocal cords. The 21-year-old pop singer made the announcement on Instagram late Thursday. She said “doctors want me on…

  • Thousands truckin’ to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band’s prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography…