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Vanessa Williams weds Jim Skrip, her 3rd marriage

AP Photo/Andy Wong NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiance, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July. A representative for the singer-actress said Sunday that Williams and Skrip wed a day earlier. No details of the ceremony were provided. This is the third...
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Haley says church shooting will forever change her outlook

AP Photo/Tim Dominick COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda. In her 2010 campaign, she...
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TOUR DE FRANCE WATCH: Cavendish fuming against ‘imbeciles’

AP Photo/Christophe Ena NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands (AP) — Ace sprinter Mark Cavendish’s Etixx-Quickstep team was fighting for both the stage win and the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday. It ended empty-ended. The double failure had the Belgian team clearly...
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Hamilton wins British GP after thrilling race

AP Photo/Jon Super SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton seized back control of the British Grand Prix after being overtaken on the first corner to win his fifth race of the season on Sunday and strengthen his Formula One title defense. A Mercedes one-two was just as...
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Some Hamptons villages seek limits on new construction

AP Photo/Frank Eltman SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Mansions are as synonymous with the Hamptons as cocktail parties, manicured lawns and white sandy beaches. But some in tony villages on eastern Long Island are looking to slow down, or even stop, a growing trend of building...

Phoenix firefighters pull man out of chimney

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix firefighters have rescued a man who became stuck after trying to re-enter a house through the chimney. Fire Capt. Aaron Ernsberger says it took 30 minutes Sunday morning for firefighters to free the 23-year-old man. He was taken to a hospital in...
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To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists

AP Photo/Bob Child HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy. The...

Large wave washes out Jersey shore town’s fireworks display

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...
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California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Saving water doesn’t always mean saving money in parched California. Millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding higher rates and drought...

Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday...