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America celebrates July 4 with hot dogs, banners and barbecues

A woman waves an American flag as she rides in an antique pickup truck through Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, during the annual Fourth of July Parade celebrating the country's Independence Day, in Barnstable, MassachusettsBy Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans marched in star-spangled parades, ran relay races, gathered for fireworks shows and crowned a new world hot dog eating champion as they celebrated Independence Day in traditional style on Saturday. Possible security threats, wildfires in the West and rainy weather on the East Coast apparently did little to dampen the spirits of celebrants decked out in red, white and blue from their headbands to their shoelaces. Crowds at Boston's Old State House erupted in applause and cannons shot out tri-color confetti after the annual July Fourth reading of the Declaration of Independence.



Oregon marijuana fans look to cash in on new law

Vendors and marijuana enthusiasts gather at the "Weed the People" event to celebrate the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonMore than a thousand marijuana enthusiasts and entrepreneurs met in Oregon on Friday to swap samples, contacts and business tips in hopes of profiting from the state's new law allowing the recreational use of pot. Licensed growers handed out free tastes, gardening experts displayed organic plant food and artists sold marijuana pipes to participants at the "Weed the People" event. ?Cannabis is a great opportunity for us," said D.J. King, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers who wants to unionize workers at marijuana grow operations, distributors and retailers.



New York governor orders more July Fourth security after alert

Members of the U.S. Army National Guard Joint Task Force Empire Shield patrol Grand Central Terminal in New York"We are keenly aware that New York State remains a top target for terrorists," Cuomo said in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued an alert calling for local authorities and the public to remain vigilant for possible threats following recent calls for violence by Islamic State militants. In New York City, the nation's largest municipal police force assigned about 7,000 officers and nearly all its counterterrorism personnel to handle security around Independence Day events.



Utility drones could inspect equipment, scan for outages

This June 22, 2015 photo shows a drone lifting off at a Georgia Power training complex during power line inspection demonstration in Lithonia, Ga. Power companies across the United States are testing whether drones as small as 10 pounds can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside hard-to-reach power plant boilers. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) ? When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage.



A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

In this Monday, June 8, 2015 photo, 1-year-old Joshua Tinoco pauses while playing at his relative's home in Los Angeles. At a brief hearing, a government lawyer tells the teenage mother that her son is an immigration enforcement priority for the United States and should be sent back to his native Honduras even though she is being allowed to stay and seek a green card. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.



Police ID suspect charged in murder of 85-year-old East Mt. Airy woman

Police ID suspect charged in murder of 85-year-old East Mt. Airy womanPolice have identified the man arrested in the murder of an 85-year-old woman found in her East Mt. Airy home earlier this week.



Immigrant children given adult dose of hepatitis A vaccine

SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? About 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they were being held with their mothers, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.


'Lone Wolf' Worries Put U.S. on High Alert for July 4th

On this Fourth of July, law enforcement is fully deployed from Los Angeles to D.C.


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

Liam Meredith competes in the watermelon eating contest at the Old Fashion July 4th event at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Fla, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)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:



Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

Matt Stonie gestures after winning Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest men's competition Saturday July 4, 2015 in the Coney Island section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Stonie ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) ? Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.