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This year's Philly 4th of July Jam - the Saturday night pre-fireworks extravaganza culmination of the Wawa Welcome America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - featured a little bit of country, a little bit of outré R&B, and a whole lot of the Roots.
WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Rich Kalich had an impression of Gov. Christie: "Bravado, kind of. Almost like a bully." But that was before he saw the governor, who spoke for 55 minutes Thursday night while standing on a patio outside a lake house in Spofford, N.H., rattling through his presidential platform, boasting of bipartisanship in New Jersey, and eliciting sighs with the oft-told tale of his mother's dying words that there was nothing left unsaid between them.
TEXAS Vaccine mixup draws scrutiny About 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where...
Donald Trump admits that racially charged comments he made while announcing a run for the White House have hurt his business interests. And he swears he doesn't care.
Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation.
MANILA, Philippines - Police in a central Philippine city said Saturday that they have filed murder complaints against the owner and the crew of a ferry that capsized shortly after pulling out of port, leaving more than 50 people dead.
TUNISIA 30-day emergency declared after attacks Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners...
Taiwan marched out thousands of troops and displayed its most modern military hardware Saturday to spotlight an often forgotten claim that its forces, not the Chinese Communists, led the campaign that routed Japan from China 70 years ago.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Sen. John McCain warned Saturday that a calendar-based pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan as outlined by the Obama administration would be a serious mistake, emboldening the Taliban and allowing the country to again become a stronghold for militants.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's military says it achieved a major strategic victory over Islamist extremists hiding in the Shawal Valley, a thickly forested area bordering Afghanistan thought to be among the last few refuges here for al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.
BEIRUT (AP) - A video posted online Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greeks started casting ballots early Sunday in the closely watched bailout referendum, with opinion polls showing people evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greeks started casting ballots early Sunday in the closely watched bailout referendum, with opinion polls showing people evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Polling stations open in Greece for crucial bailout referendum.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.
BEIJING (AP) - More than two dozen companies in China are postponing initial public offerings and security companies are pledging more than $19 billion for a fund to stabilize the country's free-falling stock market.
BEIJING (AP) - Officials say a shoe factory has collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 30.
BERLIN (AP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a Sunday newspaper interview that French and German presidents applied political pressure before the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The wait is finally over for Chile. The title drought continues for Argentina.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's Defense Department says its troops were instructed to have "unrestricted" respect for human rights a year ago when soldiers allegedly killed at least 12 suspected drug gang members after they had surrendered.
BERLIN (AP) - The upstart Alternative for Germany party has replaced its euroskeptic leader with a conservative from the east who wants to place greater emphasis on immigration.
BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group has released a video showing the killing of some 20 government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Dimitris is voting "yes" because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting "no" because she is tired of richer European nations bossing Greece around.