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July 5, 2015 - 11:43am
1 day 15 hours ago

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — A large wave washed out the Fourth of July fireworks show in a Jersey shore community.

Seaside Heights officials say a wave ran so far up the shore on Saturday night that it soaked all the fireworks set up on the beach.

Town officials say the fireworks were set up closer to the surf than usual this year in an effort to satisfy state regulations requiring spectators be kept a specific distance away from the fireworks. They...

July 5, 2015 - 11:20am
1 day 16 hours ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley dismissed questions about the Confederate flag that flies on Statehouse grounds, saying she respected the 2000 compromise that took it off the dome.

In her 2010 campaign, she called the two-thirds approval required to move the flag too high a hurdle for a healthy debate. Last October, she criticized her opponent's call to remove the flag as a campaign stunt.

But all of that changed after June 17...

July 5, 2015 - 11:19am
1 day 16 hours ago

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A harpsichord that entertained the elites of Italy in the mid-1500s has been restored by a South Dakota museum and will soon bring its sound to 21st-century ears.

The National Music Museum in Vermilion worked with Chilean-born keyboardist Catalina Vicens to produce the instrument's first full-length recording.

The crowd-funded project resulted in a 20-track record that will be available for all in January.

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July 5, 2015 - 11:14am
1 day 16 hours ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two young lions stranded in Gaza for the weekend have left the territory ruled by the militant group Hamas and are en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan.

Amir Khalil of British charity Four Paws International said they left Gaza Sunday and are traveling through Israel to Jordan.

A Gaza family bought the lions when they were cubs from a local zoo that was damaged in last year's war between Hamas and Israel. The family...

July 5, 2015 - 11:08am
1 day 17 hours ago

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in drought-stricken California.

Water departments across California are increasing rates and adding fees because they're losing money as their customers conserve. They say they still have to pay for fixed costs including repairing pipelines and customer service.

Agencies are expected to lose $1 billion in revenue under Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory conservation order for...

July 5, 2015 - 11:05am
1 day 18 hours ago

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area man had used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights.

But after Jeremy Alcede lost ownership of his store in bankruptcy, a judge declared the business's Facebook and Twitter accounts property that belonged to the new owner and ordered Alcede to turn over the passwords.

Alcede, who argued the accounts were personal,...

July 5, 2015 - 10:52am
1 day 19 hours ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is making Chicago's Soldier Field come alive like no rock band ever has.

In a news release, Soldier Field says the 70,764 tickets sold for Friday night's show broke a previous record for any event at the stadium when U2 sold 67,936 for a 2009 show.

That record lasted all of one day. On Saturday night, Soldier Field reported that 70,844 tickets were sold for the show. The band has one more show Sunday of what they say...

July 5, 2015 - 10:17am
1 day 19 hours ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An escaped murderer who was shot after three weeks on the run has been moved from a New York hospital to another maximum-security prison.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says David Sweat was moved from the Albany Medical Center early Sunday. He was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus. The prison is about 200 miles west of Albany.

Officials say Sweat initially will be in the...

July 5, 2015 - 10:15am
1 day 20 hours ago

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are making progress against a blaze there erupted last night near the Northern California city of Vacaville.

The wildfire that has burned more than 320 acres and is threatening homes, though no structures have burned yet. KCRA-TV reports that about 100 people have been evacuated.

A Vacaville city spokesman says winds gusting up to 40 mph caused the fire to spread quickly while embers sparked other fires. About...

July 5, 2015 - 9:59am
1 day 20 hours ago

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say a man celebrating the Fourth of July died when he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head.

Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, says 22-year-old Devon Staples of Calais (CAL'-ous) had been setting off fireworks with friends on Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home.

He says Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, injuring...

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