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NATION IN BRIEF: Chestnut wins fifth straight hot dog contest

Chestnut wins fifth straight hot dog contest

NEW YORK -- Joey Chestnut scarfed down 62 hot dogs to win his fifth consecutive Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island -- the equivalent of about 20,000 calories in 10 minutes.

It wasn't a personal best for the 27-year-old nicknamed Jaws, but it was enough to out-eat second-place finisher Patrick Bertoletti by nine wieners. Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., won $10,000 and the coveted mustard-yellow belt.

''I feel great!'' he said after the contest, adding that he was going to drink a lot of water and avoid hot dogs for a few days.

This year, for the first time, the annual contest in front of Nathan's Famous fast-food stand was broken into two divisions, one for men and one for women.

Sonya Thomas, known as the ''Black Widow'' of competitive eating, won with 40 downed dogs, earning her $10,000 and her own pink champion's belt.

''I'm so happy!'' said Thomas, of Alexandria, Va.

Last 4 shuttle astronauts arrive for countdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The four astronauts who will close out NASA's 30-year space shuttle program arrived Monday for their history-making launch week, saluting the nation's birthday and all those who contributed to Atlantis' final flight.

The launch countdown begins today. Liftoff is set for Friday at 11:26 a.m. before an estimated crowd of up to 1 million people.

Commander Christopher Ferguson and his crew received small American flags as launch director Mike Leinbach greeted them out on the runway. The four needed just two training jets for the flight from their training base in Houston.

Jury begins deliberating in Anthony trial

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jurors began deliberating Monday in the Casey Anthony murder trial after hearing prosecutors argue the woman killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee because the toddler interrupted her carefree partying and love life.

Prosecutors in their rebuttal closing argument earlier Monday said the defense's assertion that Caylee's death was an accident made no sense.

Anthony's attorneys say the girl drowned in the family's pool. They have said Anthony panicked and that her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a homicide by placing duct tape over the child's mouth and dumping the body in some nearby woods. George Anthony has denied that.

GOP lawmaker gets earful on Minn. shutdown

EAGAN, Minn. -- As Republican Sen. Ted Daley hustled up Yankee Doodle Road in the lineup for Eagan's Fourth of July parade, some of his constituents wondered loudly why he wasn't at the state Capitol 10 miles to the north trying to end the state government shutdown that was in its fourth day.

''Go get your job done!'' shouted Bill Egan, a 52-year-old salesman who said he's disgusted by the standoff between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republicans who control the Legislature.

The two have been at odds over the state budget since they were sworn in early this year. Republicans want to limit state spending to $34 billion, the amount the state is expected to bring in over the next two years, while Dayton wants to raise income taxes on the state's top earners to provide $1.8 billion more to keep up with growing demand for state services and prevent cuts to social programs and public colleges.

Plane makes emergency highway landing

WOODSIDE, Calif. -- A major San Francisco Bay area highway turned into a runway when a small plane needed to make an emergency landing.

The San Mateo County Times reported that the pilot of a Cessna 210 reported losing power to his engine Sunday evening, and he maneuvered the plane onto the slow lane of Interstate 280 in Woodside.

No one was hurt, but a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the plane's left main gear tire did shatter the rear window of a Mercedes-Benz on its way down.

Fox News Twitter hack reports Obama's death

NEW YORK -- Hackers broke into Fox's political Twitter account early Monday, posting updates saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

A series of six tweets coming from the FoxNewsPolitics account reported that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the shooter was unknown.

In a statement posted on its website later Monday morning, Fox News called the tweets ''malicious'' and ''false.'' It said the hacking is being investigated.