News for Monday, July 4, 2011

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US marks Independence Day

NEW YORK -- The U.S. marked the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with parades, fireworks, barbecues -- plus presidential campaigning, a White House birthday and competitive eating.

NATION IN BRIEF: 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.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Strauss-Kahn faces new sexual assault complaint

PARIS -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced a potential new sexual assault investigation Monday after a young French writer said she would formally accuse him of trying to rape her during a 2002 book interview -- a dizzying turn of events just as the former IMF chief's fortunes seemed to be growing brighter.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Harry Potter' star says he quit drinking

LONDON -- Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said he has given up drinking alcohol after realizing he was partying too hard.

Malia Obama becomes a teenager on Fourth of July

WASHINGTON -- A teenager now lives at the White House.Malia Obama, the eldest of President Barack Obama's two daughters, turned 13 on the Fourth of July.

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All-starter: McCann gets first fans' nod in 6th All-Star Game

ATLANTA -- Brian McCann's sixth All-Star Game in as many full seasons with the Braves will definitely be special and not only because the catcher will be a National League starter for the first time.

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North's Karen takes S.C. AD job

After weeks of pondering, Mark Karen accepted an athletic director/assistant principal position at Hilton Head (S.C.) High School late last week and left a major void at his previous high school in the process.

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Venters among 3 other Braves All-Stars

Brian McCann won the fan vote to get his first start behind the plate in his sixth All-Star Game appearance, while right-hander Jair Jurrjens and third baseman Chipper Jones joined Venters in gaining spots by player votes.

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3-D helps lift 'Transformers' to $400M global haul

The "Transformers" robots have put their 3-D ticket-price advantage to good use.

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Norcross man drowns in Bartow

Divers recovered the body of a 20-year-old Norcross man Sunday afternoon at Lake Allatoona, where authorities said he had been swimming with family.

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Braves' McCann named NL All-Star starting catcher

ATLANTA -- It took six seasons, but Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann will finally start in an All-Star game.

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New law: Drivers must yield 3 feet to bicyclists

SAVANNAH -- A new traffic rule is aimed at reducing close calls and collisions between bikes and the cars and trucks whizzing past them, and cyclists say it's the biggest improvement to Georgia's bike safety laws in decades.

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Georgia opens first new state park in 18 years

NEWNAN -- Georgia opened its first new state park in 18 years just in time for the holiday weekend.

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Woman dies at Stone Mountain Park hotel

Authorities are still interviewing witnesses following the Sunday death of a Milton woman who fell five stories from a hotel at Stone Mountain Park.

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North's Karen takes S.C. AD job

Athletic and activities directors in Gwinnett County carry a heavy load, and Mark Karen was one of the busiest.

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Time is running out for Gwinnett to keep its Relay crown

LAWRENCEVILLE — With just less than two months left before deadline, Gwinnett is in danger of being dethroned.

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Mall of Ga. celebration goes off with a bang

BUFORD — Typically, 19-year-old Angelica Brunache would go to the Mall of Georgia to put in time at her part-time job at Charlotte Russe. Other times she would go there to shop.

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G-Braves bring fireworks on 4th

LAWRENCEVILLE — The postgame fireworks were nearly anti-climatic following the Gwinnett Braves offensive explosion in their 11-3 victory over the Durham Bulls at Coolray Field on the Fourth of July.

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3-D helps lift 'Transformers' to $400M global haul

LOS ANGELES — The "Transformers" robots have put their 3-D ticket-price advantage to good use.

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Freeman's 2 HRs lead Braves past Colorado

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman homered twice to drive in three runs, Tommy Hanson combined with two relievers on a four-hitter and the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Monday night.

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Looming storms don't dampen July 4th spirits

“Come hell or high water,” Russell Garrett planned to enjoy the fireworks show Monday night.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Harry Potter' star says he quit drinking

‘Harry Potter’ star says he quit drinking

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