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France-Turkey spat over Libya arms exposes NATO's…

The naval standoff between France and Turkey is shining a spotlight on NATO's struggle to keep its ranks in order and underscores the limits of an organization that must take decisions unanimously

This Animal Doesn't Feel Pain

Naked mole rats spend their lives in darkness and it’s tough for them to find food, but being one isn’t all bad.

U.S. Sees Coronavirus Cases Surge As Holiday…

On Friday, the U.S. saw more than 57,000 new coronavirus cases nationwide as Florida reported a record increase of more than 11,000 new cases.

Flags Burn on the Fourth of July

Not everyone was barbecuing and having a beer this Fourth of July. Some Americans hit the streets for sit-ins and marches in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, New York, and over a dozen other towns and cities to protest police brutality and shine a light on what they consider a one-sided...

US civil rights leader on state of race relations

Leading US civil rights activist, the Rev. Al Sharpton, has lamented the state of race relations in America as the nation marks independence day amid a surging pandemic. (July 4)

EU Diplomat: 'If We Get A Second Trump Term…

CNN reports the cozy relationship the US has enjoyed with Europe for the past seventy years is being reconsidered on both sides of the Atlantic. Earlier this week, the EU declined to include the US in its list of 'safe countries.' Americans will be unwelcome inside the bloc for the foreseeable future, due to the eyewatering US coronavirus infection numbers. Sure to irk the Trump administration, the list does include China -- the country where the virus originated -- on the condition of reciprocal arrangements. Velina Tchakarova is from the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. She says that President Donald Trump is undermining EU efforts to strengthen their autonomy in matters of security and defense. He's doing it, Tchakarova says, through his attacks on the European NATO members, and economic and trade measures. The problem is, officials in DC...have hung on as long as they can but if we get a second Trump term, then we are in real trouble. Velina Tchakarova Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy

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Croats vote in close parliamentary race as virus…

Voters in Croatia are casting ballots in a close parliamentary race marked by a spike in coronavirus cases and which could push the European Union country to the right

This Day in History: American Colonies Declare…

This Day in History: American Colonies Declare Independence July 4, 1776 The Declaration of Independence was adopted in Philadelphia during the first Continental Congress. 12 colonies would ratify the Declaration on this day. New York would ratify on the twelfth. Written by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration was essentially a list of colonist grievances with the British. Jefferson's ideas about equality were borrowed largely from European philosophers, including John Locke. The famous words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal ..." would alter the course of human history. The United States would become an independent nation with the defeat of the British and signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

Emily Ratajkowski New Blonde Hair

Emily Ratajkowski is instantly recognizable by her freckles, pouty lips, and long, brown hair. And when she revealed last week that she'd dyed her hair blonde, the comments on her Instagram posts were largely celebratory. "Forever I have said that you can't go wrong with anything you do. But this blond hair is big NO," one commenter wrote, while another demanded, "Go back to brown!!!" — and those are only two of the rude remarks. At first, Ratajkowski ignored the unsolicited opinions, sharing several more posts of her new flaxen look throughout the week.

An Ex-Phillies Pitcher Dies in a Plane Crash—Again

Yet another former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher has died in a plane crash, People reports. Tyson Brummett, 35, died Friday morning along with a small plane's three passengers when it spiraled out of the sky in American Fork Canyon near Salt Lake City, authorities say. The passengers are identified as Brummett's...

Planes fly over Bunker Hill to celebrate Fourth…

A number of planes flew in formation over Bunker Hill in Boston, Massachusetts, to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Official US COVID-19 Death Toll Is a 'Substantial…

Official US COVID-19 Death Toll Is a 'Substantial Undercount,' Yale Study Finds Conducted by researchers at Yale University, the study was published on Wednesday in 'JAMA Internal Medicine.' Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics Data, the study compared excess deaths in the U.S. between March 1 and May 30 with deaths from COVID-19 during the same time. The total deaths of 781,000 during this time was 122,300 higher than expected. 95,235 of these deaths were attributed to coronavirus. According to researchers, most of the remaining excess deaths were likely caused by the coronavirus as well. Dan Weinberger, Yale, via CNBC Because COVID-19 affects almost every system of the body, the uptick in strokes and heart attacks was also indirectly caused by the coronavirus. Some states, including TX and AZ, show more than a 50 percent discrepancy between COVID-19 deaths and excess deaths.

1 of 2 protesters hit by car on closed Seattle…

Authorities say a car drove onto a closed freeway and into a crowd of protesters, killing one person and critically injuring another

NY honours virus victims with moment of silence

Current and former US politicians observed a Fourth of July moment of silence for victims of the pandemic in New York on Saturday. (July 4)

Ghislaine Maxwell Has a High-Profile Defender

Turns out Ghislaine Maxwell—who apparently dodged authorities until her arrest this week—has a rather powerful ally. "We never saw her do anything inappropriate," writes Alan Dershowitz at the Spectator . "We knew her only as Jeffrey Epstein's thirty-something girlfriend." The celebrity attorney often saw her "in the presence of...

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The Latest: South Africa's daily rise surpasses…

For the first time, South Africa is reporting more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day

Fish Named Mary Amazed Scientists With 'Virgin…

A fish named Mary amazed scientists when she gave a “virgin” birth.

U.S. Aircraft Carriers Conduct Drills In South…

A strike group commander told the Wall Street Journal the U.S. wants to show allies "that we are committed to regional security and stability.”

Another Team Mulls a Name Change

The Cinders? The Castles? The Spiders? Whatever they choose, the Cleveland Indians organization said Friday it might just get a new team name, the New York Post reports. In light of "the recent social unrest in our community," the team tweeted , "committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to...

Florida boaters head out to celebrate 4th of July

The of Fourth of July restrictions didn't stop boaters from heading out in Palm Beach County, Florida. (July 4)

Donald Trump Jr.'s Girlfriend, Trump Campaign…

Top Trump campaign official and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. Kimberly Guilfoyle has tested positive for coronavirus. Guilfoyle tested positive in South Dakota before she was set to attend President Donald Trump's event at Mount Rushmore. CNN reports Guilfoyle was not with the President and Donald Trump Jr. has so far tested negative. Guilfoyle has not met with President Trump recently, but she was backstage for his rally in Tulsa, and was also at his event in Phoenix. A former Fox News personality, Guilfoyle is also the ex-wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Guilfoyle's test results came soon after Trump Jr. posted images falsely suggesting masks don't help prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Japan floods leave some 20 dead, many in nursing…

Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left about 20 people confirmed or presumed dead are hampering search and rescue operations in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen perished and scores are still stranded

Hand Sanitizer May Make Fireworks More Dangerous…

Hand Sanitizer May Make Fireworks More Dangerous on July 4 With the ongoing pandemic, many people have integrated alcohol-based hand sanitizer into their daily lives. Combined with Fourth of July celebrations, which rely heavily on fireworks, the pairing could lead to trouble. NSC's Maureen Vogel, via CNN The National Safety Council has strongly recommended that people leave the fireworks to the professionals this year. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 57% of the 7,000 firework-related injuries from July 4 last year were from burns.

Masked, Gloved Waiters To Serve First Responders…

Pre-COVID-19, the White House was always one of the busiest social hubs in Washington. But since late March, it's been on virtual lockdown. This week, however, party preparation began anew. Previously laid off staff have returned this week to set up the White House July Fourth party. Guests will be front-line workers and their families, including law enforcement, doctors, nurses, and others, as well as members of the military. Waitstaff will wear disposable rubber gloves and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-advised face masks. Yet Friday evening, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. There, several thousand supporters blatantly non-socially distanced. They sat closely packed in bleachers, and in chairs that were zip-tied together.

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NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson Tests Positive for…

Jimmie Johnson was all set to race in Sunday's Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, but he's now pulled out, for good reason: The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has contracted COVID-19. "My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates," the 44-year-old said in a...

4th of July fun facts

How much do you know about the 4th of July? Check out these fun facts to see for yourself.

Over 50,000 New US Coronavirus Cases Reported in…

Over 50,000 New US Coronavirus Cases Reported in a Single Day According to Johns Hopkins University, 50,203 coronavirus cases were reported in the U.S. on Wednesday. To put those numbers into perspective, in the early days of the pandemic, it took more than two months to reach the 50,000 mark in the U.S. The previous record of cases reported in a single day occurred on June 26. On that day, there were 45,255 cases. On Wednesday, five states reported a record number of cases: CA, AZ, NC, TX and TN. Reopening of businesses in many of the states has been rolled back or halted. Gavin Newsom, CA Governor, via CNN The record number of cases comes as states are prepping for Fourth of July celebrations. Infectious disease experts refer to the holiday as "the perfect storm." Dr. Ricardo Franco, University of Alabama