July Fourth holiday brings mixed feelings for minorities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As many in the United States celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, some minorities have mixed feelings about the revelry of fireworks and parades in an atmosphere of tension on several fronts.

  • Written by By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press

Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions

MIAMI (AP) — Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes — which has lagged behind storm track forecasting — could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane specialists.

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  • Written by By JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

Soy 'milk'? Even federal agencies can't agree on terminology

NEW YORK (AP) — Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks.

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  • Written by By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Ice Age art, Bauhaus buildings highlight German UNESCO hopes

BLAUBEUREN, Germany (AP) — Two sites with cultural treasures separated by more than 40,000 years — caves with art dating to the Ice Age and buildings designed by a Bauhaus master less than 100 years ago — highlight Germany's submissions for the prestigious World Heritage Site designation by the U.N.'s cultural agency, UNESCO.

  • Written by By MICHAEL FAULHABER and DAVID RISING, Associated Press

Christie lounges with family on beach at park he shut down

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie spent part of Sunday lounging with his family on a beach at a state park he ordered closed to the public amid a government shutdown that showed little sign of ending.

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  • Written by By MICHAEL CATALINI and BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press