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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
More than any other day of the year, the Fourth of July is a time to take pride in American history. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to author Kenneth C. Davis about what you shouldn't forget this Independence Day.
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