Latest Fourth of July News

Feds: Los Angeles bomb technicians caused major explosion

Sep. 14, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police bomb technicians made major miscalculations in June when they detonated illegal fireworks improperly and caused a massive explosion that rocked a city neighborhood and injured 27 people in June, according to a report by federal investigators. ...

COVID-19 surge in the US: The summer of hope ends in gloom

Sep. 08, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The summer that was supposed to mark America’s independence from COVID-19 is instead drawing to a close with the U.S. more firmly under the tyranny of the virus, with deaths per day back up to where they were in March. The delta variant is filling...

Luke Combs, Dan + Shay celebrated by peers at ACM Honors

Aug. 25, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Rascal Flatts and more country artists were celebrated alongside prominent songwriters, producers and industry leaders at the Academy of Country Music Honors awards show. In front of a limited crowd at the Ryman...

Taliban suppress more dissent as economic challenges loom

Aug. 19, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban violently dispersed scattered protests for a second day Thursday amid warnings that Afghanistan's already weakened economy could crumble further without the massive international aid that sustained the toppled Western-backed government. ...

India's Modi to unveil $1.35 trillion infrastructure plan

Aug. 15, 2021 04:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will soon launch a $1.35 trillion national infrastructure plan that will boost the country's economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Sunday as part of independence day celebrations. Wearing a flowing bright saffron-colored turban, Modi...

East St. Louis church ordains women as clergy for first time

Aug. 15, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — On the morning of Sunday, July 4, Independence Day, Macedonia Baptist Church had its own celebration of freedom. But it didn’t involve American flags and fireworks. This was a different, personal type of freedom for the...

Recreational cannabis sales in July smash previous months

Aug. 11, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Retailers in Maine sold $9.4 million in adult-use cannabis products in July, which is 45% more than the previous month. Business owners credit the boom to summer tourism, the July Fourth holiday, a larger array of products and falling prices, the...

Kool & the Gang co-founder Dennis Thomas dead at age 70

Aug. 07, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, a founding member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & the Gang known for such hits as “Celebration” and “Get Down On It,” has died. He was 70. He died peacefully in his sleep Saturday in New Jersey, where he...

Pope resumes public audiences a month after major surgery

Aug. 04, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis resumed his routine of holding weekly audiences with the general public a month after he underwent bowel surgery, and during the much-awaited appearance Wednesday he recalled the anniversary of the devastating Beirut port explosion and expressed the desire...

Analysis: Delta variant upends politicians' COVID calculus

Aug. 04, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration drew up a strategy to contain one coronavirus strain, then another showed up that’s much more contagious. This week — a month late — Biden met his goal of 70% of U.S. adults having received at least one...