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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Obama Urges Egypt To Quickly Elect Next Civilian Government

The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the country's armed forces presents a dilemma for the Obama administration: How to respond when a democratically elected leader is ousted. The U.S. gives the Egyptian military some $1.3 billion a year.

After Marathon Bomings, Boston Police Monitor July 4 Concert

This is the 40th year the Boston Pops will perform along the Charles River with fireworks bursting overhead. But the scene will be different this year following the Boston Marathon bombing in April. Police say there is no specific threat to the celebration but security must be tightened.

Immigration Debate In Congress Riles Up Texas Republicans

In a state with a fast-growing Latino population, the fight over immigration is especially relevant. There's scant backing for the Senate's immigration bill among Texas Republicans in Washington, but some Texans say those lawmakers are "behind the curve."

Celebrating The Expansion Of Our Nation

On July 4, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson announced the signing of the Louisiana Purchase, when the United States bought more than 800,000 square miles of land from the French. On this anniversary, guest host Celeste Headlee highlights some of the forgotten history around the purchase.