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Boston Pops concert and fireworks expected to draw thousands

Thousands of revelers will descend on Boston for the annual Boston Pops Orchestra concert and fireworks display. Read more

Nigerian women's choir members recall horrors of attacks

Exchange Nigeria Boko Haram Choir

Joe Crocetta

Rosemary Ganama finds it hard to talk about the day her father's house was burned to the ground by Boko Haram fighters and her elderly mother was forced to flee to the mountains in the Chibok region of Nigeria, where she hid for almost a week with no food and little water. Read more

Tasty artwork center stage at Parkersburg 'Yum!' exhibit

Many local artists took a creative culinary journey with their representations of food in the Parkersburg Art Center's Regional Exhibition and Competition. Read more

Family opens new art gallery in downtown Spartanburg

A family's love of art collecting has led to a new business in downtown Spartanburg. Read more

Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music

Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's presence." Read more

Got an idea for a TV sitcom? Contest might be for you

A television comedy veteran who lives in Minnesota is giving aspiring writers a chance to break into the business. Read more

The right look: Open casting call for "Hawaii Five-0"

Casting Call

Dennis Oda

At 6 feet tall and 280 pounds - with a distinctive shaved head - Conrad Kalauoka'aea could picture himself appearing as an extra in an episode of "Hawaii Five-0" as an undercover cop, or maybe a bodyguard. Read more

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: Read more

Mardi Gras business lasts all 12 months at Jefferson Variety

All year long, Jill Schneider works to create the most coveted specialty throw of the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras parade, the decorative shoe. A member of the all-female krewe for 6 years, Schneider has transformed a workroom attached to her New Orleans home into a gallery of glitter, a studio of s... Read more

'Do it in DoMo': Downtown Monroe on a comeback

If you love a comeback story, then downtown Monroe is for you. Read more

America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades

Fourth of July Las Vegas

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Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation: Read more

Museum to restore war-scarred helicopter

The director of the Jacksonville Museum of Military History opened a thick white binder and landed on a photograph of a U.S. Army soldier, dressed in a flight suit, posing with an armored helicopter. Read more

Mets broadcaster doing fine after health issue

New York Mets radio play-by-play man Howie Rose is back in New York and doing fine, after an episode on the team's coast-to-coast flight in which he passed out from dehydration — forcing the plane to make an emergency stop in Detroit so that he could get medical attention. Read more

Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend

Fourth of July

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

Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

July 4 Forgotten Founder

Historic American Buildings Survey

The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember — Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison. Read more

Eager eaters weigh-in ahead of NYC July 4 hot dog contest

Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous. Read more

Dr. Dre announces new radio show on Apple Music service

Music Dr Dre

Photo by Andy Kropa

Dr. Dre will be busting through your speakers with a new radio show on Apple Music. Read more

Des Moines Metro Opera deals with animal surprises on stage

When Romeo pooped during his first rehearsal with the Des Moines Metro Opera, it was unclear who should clean it up. Read more

Tuning up for American Pharoah's next race in the Haskell

Haskell American Pharoah Horse Racing

AP

The race, date and place are set for American Pharoah's next start: the Haskell Invitational, Aug. 2, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. Read more

BC-US--Aaron Hernandez-Juror,1st Ld-Writethru, US

BC-US-Aaron Hernandez-Juror, 1st Ld-Writethru,291 Read more

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