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Park Service Cleans Up Eggs In Death Valley

Tourists have been flocking to Death Valley for the 100th anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded there, or anywhere else on earth for that matter. They've been frying eggs on the pavement. For a proper fried egg, the Park Service says use a skillet and use a lid to keep in the moisture.
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Douglas Engelbart Dies At 88, Invented Computer Mouse

U.S. inventor Douglas Engelbart was one of the visionaries of the computer age. Besides inventing the computer mouse, his insight laid the groundwork for the interactive technology we now take for granted. Engelbart was 88.
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History Buffs Commemorate 150 Years Since Gettysburg Battle

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. While it's widely known as the critical turning point of the Civil War, the small Pennsylvania town has seen many other battles since then — over how the historic site should be preserved and remembered.
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Mexican Roots Bind Families Who Settled Early In Texas

Unlike many places in America where Latinos are a relatively new minority group, Texas Hispanics were there before white Anglos. In some ways, having once been part of Mexico has lessened the tensions between whites and Latinos. But that's not always the case.
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Movie Studios Hope We Celebrate July 4 At Theaters

The long holiday weekend follows on the heels of a record-setting May and June at the box office. This month begins with the return of the lucrative family-friendly franchise: Despicable Me 2.
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Strike In Oakland Causes Parking Meter Confusion

One parking officer decided to cross the picket line when city employees went on Strike in Oakland, Calif., and he wrote tickets. He said he was happy with his pay and didn't want to strike. Employee of the month? No. The city said all tickets he wrote would be voided.
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Here She Is: Statue Of Liberty Reopens On Independence Day

The statue wasn't damaged, but Liberty Island was pummeled last fall by Superstorm Sandy. Now, just in time for July 4th celebrations, the island and the statue are open again to visitors. If you can't be there, webcams provide beautiful views. Also, WNYC has a video report on Lady Liberty's history.
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Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events

This year has been anything but routine in Boston, after the deadly marathon bombings and the chaotic manhunt. But tonight, the traditional July Fourth show will go on as the Boston Pops performs amid bursts of fireworks. While the music and pyrotechnics will be familiar, the scene and mood are different.
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VIDEO: Toledo Driver Rescued After Huge Sinkhole Swallows Car

It was quite a surprise Wednesday for Pamela Knox of Toledo when her car dropped beneath a street. Check out the scene.
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The Declaration: What Does Independence Mean To You?

We ask visitors on the National Mall about independence and they tell us about the freedoms that are the most important to them.

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