Americans marched in star-spangled parades, ran relay races, gathered for fireworks shows and crowned a new world hot dog eating champion as they celebrated Independence Day in traditional style on Saturday. Possible security threats, wildfires in the West and rainy weather on the East Coast apparently did little to dampen the spirits of celebrants decked out in red, white and blue from their headbands to their shoelaces. Crowds at Boston's Old State House erupted in applause and cannons shot out tri-color confetti after the annual July Fourth reading of the Declaration of Independence.
A deck on a house on the North Carolina coast collapsed on Saturday as a family gathered for a photo, and at least 14 people were rushed to the hospital including several in critical condition, officials said. The wooden deck at the house overlooking the ocean in Emerald Isle was one-storey high, officials said. The injured were transported to hospitals from the scene, which is about 60 miles (96 km) northeast of Wilmington, police said.
A Redding man is in the hospital after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit while intoxicated, said the California Highway Patrol.
The family of the two victims shot at the Lake California community, Kimberlee Thomas and her father, Keith Thomas, Thursday spoke about the incident and the victims.
An Oroville man was hospitalized and a police officer injured, after a routine traffic stop turned into an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit said that Matthew Ryan Graham, 24, is a person of interest in the case of his missing infant daughter.
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