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Gun violence in Chicago: Black leaders convene ‘emergency summit’

“We’re not going to save every life or change every life around. But people want to have hope," said Rep. Kelly of the summit plans. "I don’t want it to be just talk. We need to come up with solutions.”Full story

California fireworks accident hurts dozens, probe under way

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major accident at an Independence Day fireworks show in Simi Valley, California, left dozens of spectators injured, police said on Friday, as suspicion fell on a collapsed launching platform as the cause. Full story

Americans celebrate 237 years of independence

Despite this year's tragic events--including a wildfire in Arizona, tornadoes in Oklahoma, and a bombing in Boston--the nation came together on Thursday to celebrate 237 years of freedom. Full story

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NASA's Fourth of July Fireworks: 2 Rockets Launching Today

Obama urges Americans to live up to Declaration

Boston ups July 4th security, revelers resolute

South Carolina July 4 flyover will be a blast from the past

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Hemp flag to fly over US Capitol on July 4

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  The Week Ahead: Happy 4th of July

CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. A fashion show in Paris and a short week for Independence Day.

  Cyprus faces cost of bailout

As Cyprus celebrates its Independence Day, the  government is defending the last-minute bailout deal it's negotiated with the European Union. This means shutting down the country's second biggest bank, with big savers facing  losses.  ITV’s Emma Murphy reports.

  5 ways to throw a patriotic, fun election party

Carley Roney from The Nest.com shows TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb how you can mark the election by throwing a party with deep dish pizza and lobster rolls, and how re-using Fourth of July decorations will save you time and money.

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Peruvian police clean a street after protesters block it with debris during an anti-government march in Lima
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A protester holding a poster marches against the government during Peru's Independence Day in Lima
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A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask marches alongside others carrying signs during a demonstration against President Ollanta Humala's government on Peru's Independence Day in Lima
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask marches alongside others carrying signs during a demonstration against President Ollanta Humala's government on Peru's Independence Day in Lima

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask marches alongside others carrying signs during a demonstration against President Ollanta Humala's government on Peru's Independence Day in Lima July 28, 2013. The sign reads, "Take to the streets. Neoliberalism does not represent us". REUTERS/Mariana Bazo(PERU