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July 3, 2015 - 9:41pm
22 min 35 sec ago

As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country:

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NATHAN'S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST

Competitive eaters have weighed in and are ready for Saturday's annual hot dog eating contest in New York at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous.

Four past winners hit the scales Friday and reigning champion Joey Chestnut is the heaviest at 230 pounds. Repeat...

July 3, 2015 - 8:59pm
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HALIFAX, Mass. (AP) — For the second time in two days, an 18th century Massachusetts home has been heavily damaged in a car crash.

The latest accident happened early Friday morning in Halifax, about 40 miles south of Boston. Police say a car crashed into the 1740 home and ended up in the living room as the couple who lives there was sleeping. Only the driver was hurt.

The driver was treated at a hospital and charged with negligent operation of a...

July 3, 2015 - 6:57pm
22 min 35 sec ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a technical crew with The Orlando Eye has safely removed all 66 riders who were stranded aboard the 400-foot Ferris wheel that stopped moving for more than 45 minutes Friday.

Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy told The Associated Press power to the attraction was restored with a generator and that firefighters, some on ladders, helped the ride's technical team as they removed the riders from the enclosed capsules...

July 3, 2015 - 6:54pm
22 min 35 sec ago

LACEY, Wash. (AP) — Thurston County health officials say a Super 8 Motel in Lacey has voluntarily closed while officials investigate a possible outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Over the past month, three cases of the disease have been confirmed with a possible connection to the motel.

The disease is a serious form of pneumonia that is caused by the Legionella bacteria. People get it when they breathe in water mist or vapor that has been...

July 3, 2015 - 6:42pm
22 min 35 sec ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a cruise ship crew member who was reported overboard off Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers identified the Norwegian Sun crew member as 27-year-old Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago of Brazil. No hometown was given for de Miranda Santiago, who went missing Thursday south of Douglas Island.

Coast Guard Lt. Colin Boyle says footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship...

July 3, 2015 - 6:26pm
22 min 35 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has fined a political action committee associated with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for missing financial reporting deadlines.

The Vermont Press Bureau reports that the FEC in December sent a letter to the Progressive Voters of America Leadership PAC warning about the missed deadlines.

The PAC's treasurer responded in May by acknowledging it had neglected to file the reports,...

July 3, 2015 - 6:21pm
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, has died. He was 90.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Packer died Friday afternoon at his home in Salt Lake City from natural causes.

Packer was next in line to become president of the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had been a member of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1970. The group is modeled...

July 3, 2015 - 5:41pm
22 min 35 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Four avid eaters have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous.

Reigning champion Joey Chestnut joined past winners at the weigh-in Friday ahead of the 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition.

The dogs will be served Saturday morning.

Chestnut tipped the scales at a hearty 230 pounds while Michelle Lesco ranked the lightest competitor at 112...

July 3, 2015 - 5:35pm
22 min 35 sec ago

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump.

On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami.

NASCAR spokesman David Higdon says "we looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we...

July 3, 2015 - 5:27pm
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PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The Franklin County Sheriff's office is investigating the deaths of two people found badly burned in a car as a double homicide.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1f9etFZ ) that the bodies were found Thursday night in car that was hidden in a ravine about a mile off the road.

Sheriff Jim Raymond says investigators have tentatively identified the victims. They say it was an adult and a child.

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