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Officials warn of potential July 4th terror attacks

Federal authorities are stepping up security and asking Americans to be vigilant ahead of the holiday weekend.

Police tape cordons off the site of a car bomb attack in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The explosion occurred near a military hospital in the Yemeni capital on Monday, causing dozens of casualties including civilians, security officials said. The Islamic State's Sanaa Division claimed responsibility on Twitter for detonating the parked car bomb, according to the SITE Intelligence Group monitoring service. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

U.S. runs hundreds of counter-terrorism investigations

U.S. authorities are pursuing hundreds of active counter-terrorism investigations embracing all 50 American states.

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U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

The previous Cold War enemies agreed to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, with the Cubans saying that could happen as soon as July 20.

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Iranian nuclear talks extended

Iran and six world powers ramped up negotiations after accepting they would miss a June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal.

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Few signs of market panic as Greece nears default

Eurozone stocks, low-rated bonds, and the euro weakened as Greece looked set to default on repayments and plunge deeper into financial crisis.

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U.S. senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

A number of Cuba initiatives are pending in the Senate, including a bill to remove the travel ban on Americans and rescind the decades-old U.S. economic embargo.

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Nuclear deal could sharpen political tensions in Iran

Iran, the U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany are trying to end a more than 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear program.

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China top suspect in U.S. government hacks

U.S. intelligence officials say China is the top suspect in the massive hacking of a government agency that compromised the personnel records of millions of Americans.

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Congress victory moves Obama’s Pacific trade pact forward

Legislation vital to securing the largest U.S. trade deal in decades was passed, advancing President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen economic ties around the Pacific Rim.

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In policy shift, U.S. won’t prosecute families for paying ransom

The changes are aimed at becoming more sensitive to the needs of families of hostages held abroad.

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Obama’s push for Pacific trade pact nears finish in Congress

The bid to boost economic ties with Asia is poised for a win as a six-week congressional battle comes to an end.

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U.S. airs deep concerns over cyber security in China meetings

The world's two biggest economies are holding annual talks aimed at maintaining working relations in spite of rising tensions.

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Pentagon: U.S. won’t let Russia ‘drag us back to the past’

In an address in Berlin on Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Moscow of trying to re-create a Soviet-era sphere of influence.

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Pope calls for action on environment in historic document

In the first papal document on the environment, Pope Francis demands swift action to save the planet, urging leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor."

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Yemeni al Qaeda chief killed in U.S. bombing

Al Qaeda in Yemen said its leader was killed in a major blow against the global militant group's strongest branch.

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‘Fast-track’ trade bill derailed in House in blow to Obama

The House blocked legislation to "fast-track" trade deals through Congress as lawmakers defeated a related measure on aid to workers hurt by trade.

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More troops heading to Iraq to help fight Islamic State

Up to 450 more U.S. troops will advise and assist fragile Iraqi forces being built up to try to retake territory lost to ISIS.

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Up to 450 more troops deploying to Iraq

The additional troops and the establishment of a new training base will help Iraqi forces in preparation for a battle to retake territory lost to Islamic State.

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Global warming isn’t taking a break

An apparent slowdown in the pace of global warming is likely an illusion after a new study found no break in the trend of rising temperatures.

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Iran, six powers resume nuclear talks as June 30 deadline looms

Other lingering issues to be resolved include monitoring and verification measures to ensure Iran could not pursue a clandestine nuclear weapons program.

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Soldier arrested for carrying assault rifle in NC mall

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A Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with creating a panic at a mall after appearing with an assault rifle.

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Celebrate safely with these fireworks tips

Since Independence Day falls during the work week, members of St. Richard Catholic Church celebrated the holiday on Sunday, June 30, 2013, with a picnic-style outing complete with fireworks that could be seen throughout the northeast Jackson, Miss. neighborhood. The long streamers were recorded in a 13-second time exposure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Don't be one of the thousands of Americans injured by fireworks on July Fourth. Stay safe and have a happy holiday!

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WATCH: The origin of fireworks

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The history behind the July Fourth firecrackers that mark our Independence Day celebrations.

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Gov.Christie attends house party in Spofford.

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As part of his 5 day visit to New Hampshire Republican Presidential candidate Chris Christie made an appearance at a house party Spofford Thursday afternoon.