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Texas wants its gold back inside the state's bordersAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.Hot dogs (many), banners and barbecues as America celebrates July 4

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, MassachusettsAmericans 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.


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

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, center, looks to shake hands while participating in the Fourth of July Parade in Amherst, N.H., Saturday, July 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, food and music. Here are some highlights and lowlights of Independence Day celebrations across the globe:


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

In this Monday, June 8, 2015 photo, 18-year-old Dunia Bueso, center, and her relative, Augustin Vargas, left, look at Bueso's 1-year-old son, Joshua Tinoco, foreground, sitting on the lap of Martina Perez, at their 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 — many unaccompanied — who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year


Walker wants open records restrictions removed from budgetWAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Saturday that he wants his fellow Republicans who control the Legislature to remove or significantly rein in a facet of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state's open records laws.Clinton: Hopeful US can reach 'verifiable deal' with Iran

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at at organizing event at a private residence, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Glen, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)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.


Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

Miki Sudo, second from right, holds her trophy and smiles after winning the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest women's competition Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sudo ate 38 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Stonie upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.


Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county

In this June 15, 2015, photo, caretaker Chrissy Appel, works with a dog in front of the Good News Rehab Center, the former home of NFL football quarterback Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennel, in Smithfield, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road — a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick owned the place.


Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack

FILE - In this Sunday, June 28, 2015 file photo, a book and flowers lay at the scene of the attack in Sousse, Tunisia. Tunisia's state news agency says the country's president is declaring a state of emergency more than a week after a beach attack targeting foreign tourists that killed 38 people. The news agency said President Beji Caid Essebsi would address the nation later Saturday, July 4 after declaring the state of emergency more than a week after the attack in the Tunisian resort of Sousse. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, file)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks.


Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, shakes hands while participating in the Fourth of July Parade festivities in Amherst, N.H., Saturday, July 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)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.


Kvitova joins Wimbledon exodus, Federer into last 16

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic serves against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova during their women's singles third round match on day six of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2015Defending champion and second seed Petra Kvitova crashed out of Wimbledon on Saturday leaving just four of the top 10 women left in the tournament. The Czech, who was also champion in 2011, lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to veteran campaigner Jelena Jankovic who goes on to play 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska for a spot in the quarter-finals.


Defending champion Kvitova eliminated at Wimbledon

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday July 4, 2015. Jankovic won the match 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON (AP) — Petra Kvitova let her lead slip, and let her title go.


Egypt foiled extremist 'state' in Sinai, president says

In this picture provided by the office of the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, second left, greets members of the Egyptian armed forces in Northern Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has travelled to the troubled northern part of the Sinai Peninsula to inspect troops, after Islamic State-linked militants struck a deadly blow against the military this week in a coordinated assault. (Egyptian Presidency /Mohammed Abdel-Muati via AP)CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula.


Despite progress in Iran nuclear talks, dispute over U.N. sanctions persists

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Salehi and Fereydoon, brother and close aide to President Hassan Rouhani meet with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers made progress on future sanctions relief for Iran in marathon nuclear talks on Saturday, but remained divided on issues such as lifting United Nations sanctions and the development of advanced centrifuges. Diplomats close to the negotiations said they had tentative agreement on a mechanism for suspending U.S. and European Union sanctions on Iran. "We don't have Iran on board yet." Senior Iranian and Western diplomats echoed the remarks.


The Latest: Another tough British loss at Wimbledon

James Ward of Britain plays a return to Vasek Pospisil of Canada during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday July 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):


LaMarcus Aldridge chooses the San Antonio Spurs

FILE - In this Monday, April 27, 2015 file photo, Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, works the ball in against Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Portland, Ore. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says LaMarcus Aldridge and the Miami Heat have spoken about his future plans, and that a formal conversation is scheduled for Thursday night, July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)LaMarcus Aldridge is heading back home to Texas and the San Antonio Spurs are heading back to the top of the list of favorites in the Western Conference.


Flawed bailouts, political missteps brought Greece to brink

A man passes a kiosk selling Greek flags in central Athens, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Whether Greeks decide in Sunday's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($266 billion) and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse.


China curbs IPOs, enlists brokers in all-out bid to end market rout

An investor is reflected on an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in ShanghaiBEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China froze share offers and set up a market-stabilization fund on Saturday, the Wall Street Journal said, as Beijing intensified efforts to pull stock markets out of a nose-dive that is threatening the world's second-largest economy. Beijing's reported suspension of initial public offers (IPOs) came a few hours after extraordinary announcements by major brokers and fund managers, which collectively pledged to invest at least $19 billion of their own money into stocks. China's government, regulators and financial institutions are now waging a concerted campaign to prop up the nation's two main share markets, amid fears that a meltdown would rock the financial system and inflict heavy losses across an economy where annual growth is already running at a 24-year low.


Egypt says 25 militants killed in air strikes as Sisi inspects troops

Egyptian President Sisi greets members of the Egyptian armed forces, after travelling to the troubled northern part of the Sinai peninsula to inspect troopsEgyptian warplanes killed 25 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Saturday, security sources said, as the Egyptian president visited the province after a major escalation of the conflict there. The sources said the air strikes hit militant targets near the town of Sheikh Zuweid, destroying weapons and explosives caches. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inspected soldiers and police in El-Arish, the provincial capital, on Saturday, the presidency said in statement.


Tunisia's president, declaring emergency, says country is 'not safe' from extremistsTUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president, declaring emergency, says country is 'not safe' from extremists.Egypt's Sisi rallies troops in Sinai after IS attacks

Picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on July 4, 2015 shows President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressing troops during a visit to the Sinai Peninsula following a wave of deadly attacks on armed forces by Islamic State jihadistsEgypt's president said Saturday the situation in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where dozens of soldiers, jihadists and civilians have been killed this week in yet more violence, is "totally stable". Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was speaking during an unannounced visit to the Sinai, dressed again in military fatigues, to rally troops following a wave of attacks there by Islamic State group jihadists. The army, police and even officials have regularly come under fire, not only in the Sinai but also in Cairo since then army chief Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi two years ago.


Texas alligator kills late-night swimmer

An alligator has attacked and killed a Texas man who ignored warnings about the reptile and went for a late night swim in a creek, US media reportedAn alligator has attacked and killed a Texas man who ignored warnings about the reptile and went for a late night swim in a creek, US media reported Saturday. The body of Tommy Woodward, 28, was found Friday, floating a half mile (800 meters) from the bayou in southeast Texas where he was last seen swimming, according the USA Today newspaper and other outlets. Woodward went swimming with a companion at around 2:30 am Friday when the pair spotted an 11-foot-long gator.


Nationals pitcher Strasburg exits early with injury

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals' RHP Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning because of an injury.


Russia's Putin sends July 4 greetings to ObamaMOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President Barack Obama on Independence Day and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States can work together to find solutions to international problems.EBA chief dismisses rumors over haircuts to Greek depositsThe chairman of the European Banking Authority (EBA) Andrea Enria said on Saturday he was unaware of any planned haircuts to deposits held in Greek banks due to the country's debt crisis. "I am not aware of any plans to introduce haircuts to retail depositors of Greek banks, as reported in the media this morning," Enria said in a statement. Britain's Financial Times, citing bankers and people with knowledge of the measures, said on Saturday that Greek banks were preparing contingency plans for a possible "bail-in" of depositors amid fears Greece was heading for collapse.China to create $19B fund to support plunging stock market

A stock investor looks up in a brokerage house in Shanghai Friday July 3, 2015. China cut the number of initial public offerings planned this month by two-thirds on Friday, adding to frantic efforts to shore up plunging stock prices following another 5.7 percent decline in the country's main market index. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTNEW YORK (AP) — China has reportedly decided to bar new initial public offerings of stock and create a fund to stabilize its stock market, which has been roiled by a wave of selloffs.


Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resortDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.Record-breaking Dennis takes Tour opening stage

The first stage of the Tour de France on July 4, 2015, in Utrecht, The Netherlands was won by Australia's Rohan DennisAustralian Rohan Dennis set a new record for the highest average speed in a Tour de France timetrial as he won the opening stage of the 2015 edition on Saturday. The 25-year-old scorched around the 13.8km course in just 14min 56sec despite Utrecht being suffocated by a heatwave. "I've broken a dry spell of wins and what a way to do it," said Dennis.


Isner double-faults twice late to lose in 5 at Wimbledon

Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates defeating John Isner of the United States in their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday July 4, 2015. Cilic won the match 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — John Isner could hardly believe it, either.


Split Greece teeters on the brink with referendum

A newsagent hangs up newpapers bearing the headlines "No" and "Yes" in central Athens, on July 4, 2015, the eve of the Greek referendum on its bailout termsOn the eve of the vote that could also make or break the radical-left government, Greeks were spooked by rumours that capital controls were leading to food and medicine shortages, and questions were being raised on when the country's banks would re-open. Nikos Archondis from the Panhellenic Exporters Association (PEA) told AFP "certain supermarkets are very concerned because they cannot forecast how the situation will evolve," adding that stocks of meat, cheeses, fruits and vegetables "risk running low in the following weeks". Greece's debt crisis had taken a dramatic turn after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras suddenly called the referendum on bailout conditions early last Saturday.


After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M

FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 13, 2015, marijuana plants sit under powerful lamps in a growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.


Tigers' Cabrera on DL for 1st time, out 6 weeks

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera grabs his left leg after a steal attempt during the fourth inning as Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Reyes looks on during a baseball game Friday, July 3, 2015, in Detroit. Cabrera left the game with a strained left calf. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera will be sidelined with a calf injury for at least six weeks after the Tigers placed the AL batting leader on the disabled list for the first time in his career.


McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawalKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital.Europe won't let Athens go under, says Greek minister

A tattered Greek flag flutters in the village of Meyisti on the Island of Kastellorizo which is the most easterly of the islands in GreeceBy Lefteris Karagiannopoulos and Matt Robinson ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's finance minister accused creditors of trying to "terrorize" Greeks into accepting austerity, warning Europe stood to lose as much as Athens if the country is forced out of the euro after a referendum on Sunday on bailout terms. After a week in which Greece defaulted, shuttered its banks and began rationing cash, Greeks vote on Sunday on whether to accept or reject tough conditions sought by international creditors to extend a lending lifeline that has kept the debt-stricken country afloat. The left-wing government is urging a 'No' vote, saying Greece's European partners are bluffing when they warn that would mean a Greek departure from Europe's single currency, with unforeseeable consequences for Greece, Europe and the global economy.


Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

A Tunisian special force officer and a policeman patrol the beach as tourists take part in a ceremony on July 3, 2015, in memory of those killed the previous week by a jihadist gunman in the popular resort of Port el KantaouiTunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by the Islamic State group in which 38 foreign tourists were killed. The North African state, which has seen an exodus of tourists, has admitted that its security services were unprepared for the seaside attack in Port El Kantaoui and that police were too slow to respond. "The president has declared a state of emergency in Tunisia and will address the nation at 5 pm (1600 GMT)," Essebsi's office said, adding that it would be implemented for a renewable 30-day period.


66 riders safely evacuated after 400-foot Ferris wheel stops

In this photo provided by Orange County Fire Rescue, a technical crew with The Orlando Eye Ferris wheel work to evacuated passengers after it stopped in Orlando, Fla., Friday, July 3, 2015. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy told The Associated Press no one was hurt and all were taken off in an operation lasting about three hours with help from firefighters. (Orange County Fire Rescue via AP)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A technical crew with The Orlando Eye safely evacuated all 66 stranded riders from the largest Ferris wheel on East Coast, an incident that shut down the attraction that towers 400 feet over central Florida, authorities said.


Race to replace ex-Rep. Schock a classic GOP primary contest

This Jan. 19, 2014 photo provided by the Robert Mellon for Congress campaign, shows Democrat Robert Mellon in Quincy, Ill. Mellon is one of two Democrats and three Republicans running in a primary race Tuesday, July 7, 2015, to fill the vacant seat in Illinois' 18th District after the resignation of U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. Schock resigned in March after mounting scrutiny of his extravagant spending. (Bev Heilwagen/Rob Mellon for Congress campaign via AP)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The race to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has shaped up as a classic Republican primary, pitting the son of a longtime Illinois congressman and Cabinet member against a conservative writer who has railed at what he sees as the "establishment" GOP hand-picking the disgraced lawmaker's successor.


Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, completing historic flight

Photo provided by the Solar Impulse project on July 3, 2015 shows Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane piloted by Swiss Andre Borschberg, approaching Kalaeloa Airport on Oahu, HawaiiThe Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey. The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took 118 hours -- about five days -- to make the voyage from Japan to Hawaii and landed shortly after dawn at Kalaeloa Airport on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu. "Just landed in #Hawaii with @solarimpulse! For @bertrandpiccard and I, it's a dream coming true," Borschberg tweeted triumphantly after completing the most perilous part of the around-the-world odyssey.


Spain's weather stations warn of extended heat wave

People sunbathe at a beach in Castelldefels, Spain, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID (AP) — Spain's meteorological agency on Saturday warned people to brace for high temperatures across much of the country over the coming days, amid a lingering European heat wave.


28 Chinese companies suspend IPOs: exchange statementsTwenty-eight Chinese companies planning to list on the country's stock exchanges said on Saturday they would suspend their initial public offering plans. The companies, in separate statements issued on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, said they would suspend their listing plans due to "relatively big market volatility". The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the government had decided to suspend IPOs to help stabilize the falling stock market.

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