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How other countries celebrate their Independence Days

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:00

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Arthur zeroes in on NC coast for July 4 holiday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:57

45 a.m. EDT, shows Hurricane Arthur rolling across the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where hurricane conditions were reported early on the morning of the 4th. Arthur will continue on a northeastward trek Friday into Saturday, producing flooding rain and damaging wind gusts over much of the coastal Northeast, in addition to the Canadian Maritimes. Meanwhile, a cold front was responsible for a band of clouds and thunderstorms over the Northeast. Much of the rest of the eastern U.S. was clear as high pressure was building into the region. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — The center of Hurricane Arthur was moving near North Carolina's coast early Friday after slashing into the state's barrier islands just ahead of Independence Day, forcing thousands to flee and much of the East Coast to shuffle holiday celebrations.


U.S. grounds entire F-35 fleet pending engine inspections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:53
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had grounded the entire fleet of 97 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane's single engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The Pentagon's F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The Pentagon said U.S. and industry officials had not pinpointed the cause of the fire, which occurred as a pilot was preparing for takeoff.

Miami defensive end Dion Jordan is suspended for four games

Seattle Seahawks - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:46
Defensive end Dion Jordan of the Miami Dolphins has been suspended for the first four games of the season after testing positive for a stimulant prohibited under the NFL’s policy on use of performance-enhancing substances. Jordan, a former Oregon standout, was the third player drafted last yea
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Ji-Man Choi’s big hit lifts Rainiers

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:31
Ji-Man Choi hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning as the Tacoma Rainiers beat the Reno Aces 5-1 Thursday night at at Cheney Stadium.
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French firm wins 7-year DLR contract

BBC World News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:23
French transport group Keolis has been awarded a new franchise to operate London's Dockland's Light Railway (DLR) from December 2014.
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 7/3/2014 11:51:53 PM

White Pass Report - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:22
White Pass US12
7/3/2014 11:51:53 PM

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Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Satus Pass - 7/3/2014 11:59:24 PM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:22
Satus Pass US97
7/3/2014 11:59:24 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Stevens Pass - 7/3/2014 11:49:53 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:22
Stevens Pass US2
7/3/2014 11:49:53 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Blewett Pass - 7/3/2014 11:56:04 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:22
Blewett Pass US97
7/3/2014 11:56:04 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 7/3/2014 11:43:25 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:22
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/3/2014 11:43:25 PM

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Due to the Fourth of July Holiday, construction related activities will not impact traffic Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6. However, due to holiday traffic, drivers may experience delays.

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State-wide count of homeless people shows steep jump from 2013

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:17
The number of people living outdoors in Washington state rose 25 percent over last year, according to a new report by the state Department of Commerce.

Indian PM on maiden Kashmir visit

BBC World News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:02
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his first visit to Indian-administered Kashmir amidst a protest shutdown called by separatist groups.
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France tightens airport security on U.S.-bound flights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:57
France is tightening airport security for U.S. flight destinations for the summer holiday period at the request of U.S. authorities, an official statement said on Friday. The civil aviation authority warned passengers bound for the United States that they may experience some delays as a result. Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would increase security measures at overseas airports that have direct flights to the United States.

Garth Brooks in all or none warning

BBC World News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:49
Garth Brooks says he wants to put on all five concerts in Dublin or none at all after the city's council refused licenses for two of them.
Categories: BBC World News

How the national anthem has unfurled over the years

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:48
Only in the past century has “The Star-Spangled Banner” become inextricably connected to Francis Scott Key’s lyrics, and the lyrics to the sturdy patriotism of baseball and flag raising.

Louis Zamperini, Olympian and ‘Unbroken’ war survivor, dies at 97

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:46
An athlete who stayed trim his entire life, Louis Zamperini gave up skateboarding at 81. Ten years later, he gave up skiing. In May, he was named grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena.

Greyhound starting to hit its stride again

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:46
In this, Greyhound’s 100th year in business, the company continues to put a new shine on the old dog with leather seats, Wi-Fi and a growing focus on shorter, nonstop routes.

Mukilteo dog walkers may help take bite out of crime

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:46
The Mukilteo Police Department’s new Paws on Patrol program enlists dogs and owners to be on the lookout for crime.

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:46
Japan took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea on Friday by agreeing to lift some of its sanctions, as North Korea announced the details of a new probe into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese believed to have been abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.