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Champs win hot dog eating contest again

Two competitive eating champions defended their title Thursday at New York's annual Independence Day hot dog eating competition.

Obama celebrates America's independence

President Obama used his weekly address Thursday to sound a happy birthday for the United States of America.

Statue of Liberty reopens as weather, sequester dampen Fourth of July

Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains and canceled fireworks celebrations elsewhere in the country.

Coney Island hot dog contest signals normalcy after Sandy

The annual July 4 Coney Island hot dog eating contest is usually a "can't-miss" spectacle, but this year's event means something more.

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.