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Prison Escapee David Sweat Is Back in Jail

New York prison escapee David Sweat, who was shot and captured last week after a weeks-long manhunt, has been discharged from the hospital and moved to a new maximum security prison, officials said

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Coney Island Crowns a New King of Hot Dog Eating

Matt Stonie ate 62 hot dogs and buns to upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory

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Congress Goes Back to Work Facing a Deadline

After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall

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Private Island Owners Fret About Climate Change

Famed illusionist David Copperfield is among the few handfuls who own private islands around the world. But he's also part of an even more exclusive club: Island owners who say they are concerned about climate change and are making efforts to address its impacts.

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Tunisia President Declares State of Emergency

President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks

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Billy Joel Gets Married

Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party. Joel, 66, and Roderick, 34, have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child. This is his fourth marriage

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Leaders Seek Next Steps for Civil Rights Momentum

As the 2016 election draws near, leaders of civil rights organizations are thinking about how to move the conversation generated through the black lives matter movement into more intense civic engagement. "We have to get out the vote,” one advocate said

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Man Dies in Fourth of July Fireworks Accident

A 22-year-old man died in Maine as a result of a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, officials said. Devon Staples, 22, was killed instantly after he put a fireworks mortar on his head. He had apparently been drinking

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) holds a town hall meeting at the American Legion Dupuis Cross Post 15 July 2, 2015 in Ashland, New Hampshire.

Christie Won't Pledge to Undo Iran Deal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that while he is deeply troubled by the emerging Iran nuclear agreement, he would not promise to undo it if he were president. Christie cast himself as a leader who would carefully consider all options

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Disney Ex-CEO: Beautiful Women 'Usually Not Funny'

Attractive, humorous women are "impossible to find" in Hollywood, Michael Eisner said during an onstage conversation with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "Boy, am I going to get in trouble [for saying that]"