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Protest briefly halted Brooklyn-bound traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York

A protest march on Saturday led to the temporary closure of all Brooklyn-bound lanes on New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge, officials say. “Due to protest activity, all Brooklyn-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge are closed. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time,” NYC Emergency Management said on its verified Twitter account Saturday evening.…MORE

Florida inmates will comfort dogs frightened by Fourth of July fireworks

Florida inmates will comfort dogs frightened by Fourth of July fireworks

For most people, the Fourth of July means cookouts, sunny afternoons by the pool, and evenings full of fireworks. But for dogs, the loud bangs can be a nightmare. That’s why some inmates in Brevard County Jail in Florida, are spending this Independence Day comforting homeless dogs frightened by fireworks and other loud noises. To…MORE

Trump doubles down on divisive messaging in speech to honor Independence Day

Trump doubles down on divisive messaging in speech to honor Independence Day

President Donald Trump saluted America on the Fourth of July with remarks at the White House Saturday that echoed the divisive messaging he used to stoke culture wars in a fiery speech at Mount Rushmore the night before. The President spoke about defeating the “radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters,” and…MORE

A rare case of brain-destroying amoeba has been confirmed in Florida

A rare case of brain-destroying amoeba has been confirmed in Florida

A case of a rare, brain-destroying amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. The Florida Department of Health on Friday announced the confirmed case of Naegleria fowleri — a microscopic single-celled amoeba that can infect and destroy the brain. It’s usually fatal, the DOH said. Since 1962, there have only been 37 reported cases of the…MORE

Former Phillies pitcher, three others die in Utah plane crash

Former Phillies pitcher, three others die in Utah plane crash

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett was among four people killed when a small plane crashed in Utah on Friday, authorities said. The plane crashed near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The crash was witnessed by a man out hiking with his two…MORE

A hiker died after a fall at the Grand Canyon

A hiker died after a fall at the Grand Canyon

A woman hiking at the Grand Canyon National Park died after a fall, park officials said on Saturday. Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was hiking off trail on Friday and taking photos with her family when she accidentally fell from the canyon’s rim, according to a National Park Service press release. She…MORE

Some Americans mark Fourth of July with protests

Some Americans mark Fourth of July with protests

As Americans celebrate an Independence Day like no other on Saturday, some are practicing their First Amendment rights by demonstrating about racism, police brutality and President Donald Trump. Protests from a group called Refuse Fascism were planned for the day in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. It would…MORE

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