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America ushers in July 4 with hot dogs, hot music, cool beer

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

Angels win 8-2 in 1st game vs. Texas since trading Hamilton

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The way Angels manager Mike Scioscia looked at things, there really wasn't anything unusual seeing Josh Hamilton playing for the other team.

Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.

Overloading eyed in Philippine ferry capsize: official

Survivors reported seeing up to 150 sacks of cement in the ship's cargo area before it capsized in relatively calm seas off the central port of Ormoc on Thursday, city councillor Godiardo Ebcas told AFP. Bloated bodies spilled out of the Kim Nirvana's wooden hull as a crane lifted it from the water and placed it on Ormoc port, he said. The death count was bigger than the 45 reported by the coast guard, which was based on the ship's passenger list, though the guard counted the same number of survivors.

Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny

AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) — In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby.

Campaigns halt as Greeks face tough referendum choice

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Campaigns halt in Greece on Saturday on the eve of a closely watched bailout referendum — with voters in a dead heat over whether to defy creditors and push for better repayment terms or essentially seek new political leadership to find a compromise.

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Was U.S. founded as Christian nation? | Is July 4 terror threat overhyped? | Photos: Stars in stars and stripes

Town where ISIS makes militants

The town where militants are made | ISIS leader killed in strike | UK mourns beach attack victims

Most expensive concerts of all time

Tickets for this weekend's Grateful Dead shows are among the most expensive in history -- roughly $600 on StubHub, the online ticket seller.

Guide survives leopard attack

A guide at South Africa's most famous national park survived a leopard attack after a tourist scared the animal away with his car, Kruger National Park said.

Kim Kardashian: Selfies = power

Is a selfie empowering? Or objectifying?

Escapee wrote letter to daughter

Photos: How the manhunt ended | Timeline | Opinion: Why escapee is talking to cops

The most popular July 4th fireworks

More than 225 million pounds of fireworks are expected to be ignited this year. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Killing suspect deported 5 times

Kate Steinle was walking on a busy pier in San Francisco with her father when there was a single popping sound in the air.

N. Korean scientist: 'Trust us'

'Ordinary' citizens defend N. Korea | Drought expected to cause famine | New airport awaits more flights

Sad reason millionaire is selling classic car collection

Henrik Frederiksen has collected classic cars since the age of 18, he now has sixty cars, most predating WWII.

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Harris sticks with Magic for $64M, sources say

Harris sticks with Magic for $64M, sources say

Tigers' Cabrera likely to DL for first time in career

Tigers' Cabrera likely to DL for first time in career

Rondo to Kings on one-year deal, sources say

Rondo to Kings on one-year deal, sources say

Sobel: Tiger Woods continues to bounce back at Greenbrier Classic

Sobel: Tiger Woods continues to bounce back at Greenbrier Classic

NASCAR banquet won't return to Trump resort

NASCAR banquet won't return to Trump resort

Sources: Jordan picks max deal with Mavericks

Sources: Jordan picks max deal with Mavericks

Sources: Aldridge pauses to mull teams' pitches

Sources: Aldridge pauses to mull teams' pitches

A-Rod 'forgives' fan returning 3,000th-hit ball

A-Rod 'forgives' fan returning 3,000th-hit ball
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