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Your forecast for the 4th: A soggy Southeast; a scorched Southwest

It'll be firecracker hot in the Southwest on the Fourth of July, but if you live in the Southeast, Ohio River Valley and large sections of the Eastern Seaboard, expect rain to pour on your parade.

If you live on the West or East Coast, there's a good chance Fourth of July celebrations will either be scalding hot or drenche

If you live on the West or East Coast, there's a good chance Fourth of July celebrations will either be scalding hot or drenched in rain.

Running updates from the Zimmerman trial

HLN, CNN's sister network, is covering the George Zimmerman trial, gavel to gavel. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Here is testimony from Wednesday:

Accused Cleveland kidnapper ruled capable of standing trial

Ariel Castro, the Ohio man accused of holding three women captive for about a decade, is competent to stand trial, a judge said Wednesday. Judge Michael Russo made the declaration in a hearing to decide competency.

New York police make arrest in Brooklyn shooting

Police in New York have arrested a man in connection with a weekend shooting at a Brooklyn house party that left nine people hospitalized.

Houma resident gets into fist fight with homeless man; arrested on drug charges

A Houma man has been arrested on drug charges after being detained for getting into a fist fight.

Paula Deen fallout: A mess for suppliers?

As Paula Deen's home-goods empire unravels, companies making or distributing her products -- everything from pots and pans to dishes and scented candles -- may be left with a messy situation of their own.

Guantanamo lawsuit: End forced feedings before Ramadan

With the holy month of Ramadan approaching, lawyers for four Guantanamo Bay captives are trying to end forced-feeding at the U.S. detention facility in Cuba.

Child's body found under tarp in middle of Texas street

Children playing in a Texas suburb made a gruesome discovery Monday -- the decomposing body of a child on a residential street.

Kremlin: Snowden has given up on plan to stay in Russia

Edward Snowden has abandoned his effort to seek asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin warned that he would have to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs if he wanted to stay, a Russian official said Tuesday.