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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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Up, up & away: The ultralight experience is about serenity, not adrenaline

The joy of flying ultralights isn't just the thrill or adrenaline; it's the serenity of floating over the land and absorbing the scenery. "I fly ultralights for the fun of it," said Carroll Werren, a…

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Google's new self-driving cars cruising Silicon Valley roads

The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters in a test of how they work around other vehicles driven by people. …

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Book takes on culture of kids bullying parents

There's a difference in parenting between a little backtalk and kids actually bullying their grown-ups. Yes, you heard that right. Parent and family therapist Sean Grover writes in a new book, When Kids…

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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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17-year-old killed in car crash

One teenager is dead and two others are seriously injured after a crash on Route 114 in Weare early Friday morning. The victim who was fatally injured in the accident was identified as a 17-year-old male…

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Thousands truckin' for final Grateful Dead shows

The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses…

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In Women's World Cup viewership, new generation is older one

A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet. Today's adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain…

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Headlines from around the world in sports

BASEBALL Tigers let go of relievers Chamberlain, Gorzelanny DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers designated veteran relievers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment and activated catcher Alex Avila…

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Kyle Busch involved in multi-car crash in Daytona return

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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Bow's Nerbonne finds comfort zone at national field hockey tournament

Bow's Lindsey Nerbonne has been to national field hockey events in the past. But she never had as much fun, or success, as she did at the USA Field Hockey Young Women's National Championship that was held…

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Two points from loss, Serena wins at Wimbledon; Venus next

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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Wambach says she just wants to win her last World Cup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia. - With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn't mincing words. "All I care about is winning this World Cup," she said. The star U.S. forward is playing in her fourth Women's…

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Napoli error leads to four-run 10th as Astros beat Red Sox, 12-8

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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A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Youth softball The NH Lightning 16U Black softball team was runner-up last weekend at the annual ASA Summer Sizzler in Brattleboro, Vt. The Lightning went 3-0 in pool play, beating the VT Rockets, VT…

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Wimbledon at a glance

LONDON - A look at Wimbledon on Friday: Weather: Partly cloudy. High of 79 degrees Men's third-round results: No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat No. 27 Bernard Tomic, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka beat Fernando Verdasco,…

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AP Sources: Kings, agree to deals with Rondo, Belinelli

The Sacramento Kings reached agreements with point guard Rajon Rondo and shooting guard Marco Belinelli, securing the two positions the team coveted most this summer. Rondo's deal is for one year and…

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A-Rod, Yanks settle dispute; he gets ball from 3,000th hit

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets…

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Schimpf's two homers carry Fisher Cats over Sea Dogs

Ryan Schimpf homered twice to become the Fisher Cats' all-time leader as New Hampshire rolled to an 11-4 victory in Portland on Friday. Schimpf hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the…

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July 4th visits, spending could set record in New Hampshire

Visits and spending are expected to set records for the July 4 holiday period this year in New Hampshire. The Institute for New Hampshire Studies says more than 900,000 people are expected to visit the…