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Parades, hot dogs, cold beer: America celebrates July 4

Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday. Here were some highlights of Independence Day celebrations:

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Police: Man blames brother for driving violations again

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) - Police say a central Vermont man is facing criminal charges for the second time in two months for giving his brother's identity to police after he was stopped for driving violations.

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Vermont donates land at popular swimming hole for public use

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont woman has donated land next to her South Royalton home to preserve a popular White River swimming hole.

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America celebrates July 4 with parades, hot dogs, cold beer

The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music. Here are some highlights and lowlights of Independence Day celebrations across the country:

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Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

AMHERST, N.H. (AP) - Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates.

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Clinton: Hopeful US can reach 'verifiable deal' with Iran

GLEN, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that she remains hopeful the U.S. can reach a "strong verifiable deal" to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program by next week's deadline.

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Piping plover chicks are hatching at Hampton, Seabrook

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists say four piping plover nests have hatched in Hampton and Seabrook within the past two weeks and another two are expected to hatch over the Fourth of July weekend, so they're asking people to be aware of the endangered birds.

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Researchers: Bat populations in Vermont could be growing

DORSET, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's little brown bat population could be stabilizing or even growing despite being devastated by disease, researchers said.

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Astros Sink Red Sox in Extras

Boston -- First baseman Mike Napoli allowed Preston Tucker's hard grounder to bounce past him for an error, and Carlos Correa followed with a tiebreaking single in a four-run 10th inning that lifted the…

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Another All-Williams Showdown Is Looming

London -- Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the…

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England, Germany Battle for Third Place

Edmonton, Alberta -- Though Mark Sampson already knew what answer he'd get, England's coach felt obligated to ask defender Laura Bassett whether she was emotionally ready for one more game at the Women's…

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Argentina and Chile Trying to End Drought

Santiago, Chile -- Not just the Copa America will end when Argentina and Chile meet in the final today. So will decades of disappointment for the champion at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. Host…

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From Barriers to Flags, Daytona Gets a Makeover

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- NASCAR's most famous race track is seemingly safer and possibly more politically correct as the series returned to its birthplace Friday. Daytona International Speedway, in the…

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Chase for the Yellow Jersey Begins

Utrecht, Netherlands -- Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other. That's because Froome was a dot on the horizon. At the Criterium…

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Dempsey Scores in Return as U.S. Triumphs

Nashville, Tenn. -- Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension for a confrontation with a referee, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed…

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Kyle Busch Involved in Multi-Car Crash

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway, where he returned Friday for the first time since he was injured at the track in February. Busch,…

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Tigers Stifle Blue Jays

Detroit -- Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid was broken up when former Detroit teammate Ezequiel Carrera lined a single to left with one out in the eighth inning, and the Tigers held on to beat the Toronto Blue…

Jul 3
Winning numbers drawn in 'Mega Millions' game

ATLANTA (AP) - The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the "Mega Millions" game were:

Jul 3
Winning numbers drawn in 'Megaplier' game

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the "Megaplier" game were:

Jul 3
Federal Election Commission fines Sanders-affiliated PAC

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

Jul 3
Clinton says she takes a 'backseat to no one' among liberals

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she takes a "backseat to no one" on championing liberal causes, presenting herself as a standard-bearer for Democrats as primary challenger Bernie Sanders generates large, energetic crowds.