The lack of power in many areas hit hard by last week's storms put a damper on festivities. For some, the power may not return until this weekend. Some of the worst damage occurred in and around the nation's capital.
Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney spent his July 4th holiday marching in a New Hampshire parade. He also back tracked on statements a top adviser made when he called the individual mandate in the Obama health care law a fee or a fine. Romney says the Supreme Court rules it's a tax.
Even as it upheld most of the health care law last week, the Supreme Court limited federal power under the Constitution's Commerce Clause. Seventy years ago, an Ohio farmer sought to do the same — and lost.
A small, out-of-the-way Michigan town is celebrating its unique place in America's civil rights history. From 1912 until the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, Idlewild was the summer refuge of choice for thousands of black Americans looking to escape the shadow of Jim Crow in the woods of northern Michigan.
New Orleans now has the highest per capita murder rate in the country. The killings are concentrated in the city's poorest neighborhoods — places like Central City, just a few blocks north of the stately mansions that line St. Charles Avenue.
A New Orleans socialite donated space in her family's mausoleum in the city's famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Now, the final resting place of a white, aristocratic family is also the eternal home of black musical royalty: Ernie 'Emperor of the Universe" K-Doe and Earl King.
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