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Los Angeles – Earthquake Agency Head Calls Event Wakeup Call

July 4, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Los Angeles - The head of California's Earthquake Authority says the quake that hit the state on Thursday is "an important reminder that all of California is earthquake country." Glenn Pomeroy says in a statement that the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Southern California shows why people in the state must be prepared for such events. Pomeroy says: "It's important to know what to do to...

Washington – Best Way To Fight Climate Change? Plant A Trillion Trees

July 4, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a study says. A trillion of them, maybe more. And there's enough room, Swiss scientists say. Even with existing cities and farmland, there's enough space for new trees to cover 3.5 million square miles (9 million square kilometers), they reported in Thursday's journal Science . That area is roughly the size...

Washington – Defying Critics, Trump Salutes Military In Pomp-filled July 4 Celebration

July 4, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - With U.S. fighter jets flying overhead, President Donald Trump praised the military and reveled in a show of pomp and patriotism on Thursday in a celebration of Independence Day that critics accused him of turning into a political event. Trump, a Republican who was inspired to stage the flashy affair after seeing a similar display in France, dismissed concerns ahead of the...

Krakow, Poland – Chief Polish Rabbi Climbs Fence Of Barricaded Krakow Synagogue

July 4, 2019 at 09:35 PM
Krakow, Poland - Police in Krakow briefly detained the chief rabbi of Poland after he tried to climb the fence of a synagogue whose congregation has been evicted by leaders of that city’s Jewish community. In the unusual incident Thursday at Krakow’s Izaak Synagogue, Rabbi Michael Schudrich was asked to explain his actions and present his identity card to police officers monitoring a...

Georgetown, SC – Lightning Strikes Along SC River; 1 Dead, Many Injured

July 4, 2019 at 09:32 PM
Georgetown, SC - Authorities say lightning struck at a popular river gathering spot in South Carolina on Independence Day, killing one person and injuring as many as a dozen. Lightning hit near Lawshe Plantation in Georgetown County on Thursday afternoon, news outlets reported. The hunting attraction and event venue is located along the Black River near the coast. Lightning hit a tree on...

Tehran – AP Analysis: Europe Squeezed In Iran-US Nuclear Deal Dispute

July 4, 2019 at 08:05 PM
Tehran - When it comes to saving Iran's nuclear deal, Europe finds itself in the impossible situation of trying to salvage an accord unraveling because of the maximalist U.S. sanctions campaign. Since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the accord over a year ago, a slow fuse has burned through Iran. At first, it appeared Iranian officials thought they might be able to...

Los Angeles – California Governor Declares State Of Emergency

July 4, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Los Angeles - Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Kern County, which was at the epicenter of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake Thursday. The declaration means that the state will help the county and municipalities in it with emergency aid and recovery efforts. Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden praised Newsom for declaring the emergency. She also noted at a news conference that...

Providence, RI – Titanic Survivor’s Light-up Cane To Be Sold At Auction

July 4, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Providence, RI - A Titanic survivor's walking stick, with an electric light she used to signal for help from a lifeboat, is one of thousands of maritime items that will be up for auction in Rhode Island. Guernsey's auction house is holding the auction at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport on July 19 and 20. Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger described Ella White's cane as...

Washington – Presidents On July 4: Some Chill, Some Get In Your Face

July 4, 2019 at 06:05 PM
Washington - Through history, the Fourth of July has been a day for some presidents to declare their independence from the public. They've made tracks to the beach, the mountains, the golf course, the farm, the ranch. In the middle of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt was sailing to a Hawaii vacation. It's also been a day for some presidents to insert themselves front and center in the fabric...

Tokyo – Got A Tokyo Olympics Ticket? Unrivaled Demand Causes Turmoil

July 4, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Tokyo - Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday they hope to run another ticket lottery next month for residents of Japan who got nothing the first time. Millions of Japanese were let down last month when they came away empty-handed in a lottery for next year's Olympics. The bad news is that — despite a last-minute change of plans — most applicants...

New York – Parades, Parties, Pomp And Circumstance Fill Fourth Of July

July 4, 2019 at 04:08 PM
New York - The national holiday to mark America's birth as a country will be filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and of course, fireworks. Boston, Philadelphia, New York and other places around the country hold massive celebrations. But Independence Day won't be free from politics, as President Donald Trump's plan for a celebration in Washington featuring a display of tanks ...

Beijing – China Says Existing U.S. Tariffs Must Be Removed For A Trade Deal

July 4, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Beijing - Existing U.S. tariffs will have to be removed if there is to be a trade deal between Beijing and Washington, China's commerce ministry said on Thursday. The leaders of the two countries agreed last weekend to relaunch trade talks that had stalled in May after U.S. officials accused China of pulling back from commitments made in the text of a pact negotiators had said was nearly...

Brooklyn, NY – We Have A Wiener! Joey Chestnut Eats 71 Hot Dogs For Title

July 4, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest on Thursday, just a few hot dogs shy of breaking the record he set last year. In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 opponents, the California native far exceeded his nearest competitors, but didn't quite make or pass the 74-dog mark he reached in...

Los Angeles – Strong Earthquake Sets Off Fires, Damages Desert City East Of Los Angeles

July 4, 2019 at 02:23 PM
Los Angeles -A powerful earthquake struck Southern California on Thursday, touching off house fires and damaging buildings in a desert town northeast of Los Angeles, but authorities had no early reports of injuries. The 6.4 magnitude quake, the largest in two decades in the area, struck about 113 miles (182 km) northeast of Los Angeles near the city of Ridgecrest at around 1:30 pm EDT (1730...

Canberra, Australia – Australian Student Released In North Korea Says ‘I’m OK’

July 4, 2019 at 02:00 PM
Canberra, Australia - An Australian student released after a week in detention in North Korea described his condition to reporters in Beijing on Thursday as "very good," without saying what happened. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced to Parliament that Alek Sigley, 29, had been released hours earlier following intervention from Swedish diplomats on Wednesday, and had been...

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