Latest Fourth of July News

Prosecutor: No charges in goalie Kivlenieks' fireworks death

Dec. 01, 2021 19:12 PM EST

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed in the fireworks-related death of Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks at a Detroit-area home during a July 4 celebration, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. The death has...

Barbados bids farewell to British monarchy, becomes republic

Nov. 30, 2021 10:58 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Barbados stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as it shed another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for the first time in history. Several leaders, dignitaries and artists, including Prince Charles and...

'They become our family:' US farming couple rescues Afghans

Nov. 24, 2021 09:18 AM EST

FERGUS FALLS, Minnesota (AP) — The U.S. soldiers called them “Caroline’s guys.” They transformed farms in a war zone - risking their lives for the program she built, sharing her belief that something as simple as apple trees could change the world. The...

Times Square is back open on New Year's Eve — with vax proof

Nov. 16, 2021 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Crowds will once again fill New York's Times Square this New Year's Eve, with proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for revelers who want to watch the ball drop in person, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. “Yes, we are proud to announce that...

Polish, Israeli govts condemn antisemitic display in Poland

Nov. 13, 2021 14:11 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israeli and Polish government officials on Saturday condemned an antisemitic incident involving Polish nationalists chanting “Death to Jews” on Poland's Independence Day this week. Participants at the gathering also burned a copy of a medieval...

South Dakota governor formally launches reelection campaign

Nov. 12, 2021 18:35 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who's considered a rising star in the Republican Party, formally launched her reelection campaign Friday. Her campaign said in a statement that she has raised over $10 million since she was elected three years ago. She...

Poland's far right demands strong borders in Belarus crisis

Nov. 11, 2021 20:35 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands marched in Warsaw on Thursday to mark Poland’s Independence Day, led by far-right groups calling for strong borders, while its troops blocked hundreds of new attempts by migrants to enter the country illegally from neighboring Belarus in a tense standoff. ...

Poland's authorities back far-right march banned by courts

Nov. 09, 2021 12:25 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s authorities weighed in Tuesday to back a controversial Independence Day march dominated by far-right activists, saying the event will go ahead as a state observance, despite having been banned by Polish courts. The spokeswoman for...

Hammerin' Braves rout Astros to win 1st WS crown since 1995

Nov. 03, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Most of the season, it just seemed this wasn’t their year. They dropped their first four games, and soon injuries piled up. They lost their most dynamic player before the All-Star break. They were stuck below .500 in August. Yet out...

To star gazers: Fireworks show called Northern Lights coming

Oct. 30, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A fireworks show that has nothing to do with the Fourth of July and everything to do with the cosmos is poised to be visible across the northern United States and Europe just in time for Halloween. On Thursday, the sun launched what is called an...