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Trump, protesters gear up for an untraditional July Fourth

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweltering capital threatened by storms, the traditional Fourth of July parade Thursday served as a warm-up act to a distinctly nontraditional evening event at the Lincoln Memorial, where President Donald Trump planned to command the stage against the backdrop of a show of military muscle.

Protesters unimpressed by his "Salute to America" program inflated a roly-poly balloon depicting Trump as an angry, diaper-clad baby.

By adding his own, one-hour production to festivities that typically draw hundreds of thousands anyway, Trump set himself up to be the first president in nearly seven decades to address a crowd at the National Mall on Independence Day.Read more on NewsOK.com

Deadly land, deadly sea: Libya migrants face brutal choice

CAIRO (AP) — A boat from Libya carrying 86 migrants sank in the Mediterranean and left only three survivors, authorities said Thursday, after an airstrike on a detention center near the Libyan capital killed dozens of others.

The twin tragedies illustrate the almost unthinkable choice facing those who have reached the North Africa coast while seeking a better life in Europe: Risk a hazardous sea voyage in a flimsy, rubber-sided boat, or face being crammed into a detention center, where some of the migrants say they have been forced to assemble weapons for someone else's war.

"I fled from the war, to come to this hell of Libya," said one teenager from sub-Saharan Africa who suffered minor injuries in Tuesday night's airstrike near Tripoli.Read more on NewsOK.com

Two former Oklahoma high school golf stars advance to U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

By Jacob UnruhFormer Purcell star ShaeBug Scarberry’s big summer continued earlier this week.Scarberry shot a 2-under 70 to share the top spot at the qualifier for the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on Monday at Dallas’ Timarron Country Club.This comes less than a month after she won the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association Stroke Play Championship.Read more on NewsOK.com

Parades, parties, pomp and circumstance fill Fourth of July

NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America's birth as a country will be filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and of course, fireworks.

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 , fighter jets and a stealth bomber is garnering support from some and protests from others.

Highlights from celebrations around the country:

THE BIGGEST SHOW

The Macy's fireworks show over the East River in New York City is said to be one of the biggest in the country.Read more on NewsOK.com

Federer, Williams moves on, but Kerber goes out at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Eight-time men's champion Roger Federer and seven-time women's champion Serena Williams moved into the third round at Wimbledon.

Defending women's champion Angelique Kerber went out in the second.

Federer advanced as expected on Thursday, beating wild-card entry Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on No.Read more on NewsOK.com

Bethany Freedom Festival parade turns Route 66 red, white and blue

By Robert Medley rmedley@oklahoman.comBETHANY — Model T Fords from the 20s, a few battered stock cars, veterans, Scouts and plenty of people in red, white and blue lined State Highway 66, Bethany's Main Street, Thursday for the downtown Freedom Festival parade.
It wasn't the first time down the Mother Road for scoutmaster Brent Tevebaugh of Bethany who rode in the parade with Troop 5538 from St.Read more on NewsOK.com

We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 2018.

When asked how he felt after the contest, Chestnut said "I feel like I should eat a couple more.Read more on NewsOK.com

The Latest: Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs to win

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 opponents, the California native came close but didn't manage to beat his own record of 74 dogs, set last year.

However, he far exceeded his nearest competitors.

Afterward, Chestnut said he was disappointed to not break his record, but planned to try again next year.

Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'doh) had already won the women's competition by chomping down 31 hot dogs.Read more on NewsOK.com