Recreation and leisure

People celebrate during the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2017 San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, July 6, 2017. Revelers from around the world kick off the festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
July 06, 2017 - 6:58 am
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Officials in Spain have launched the traditional firework rocket known as the "Chupinazo" to kick off Pamplona's famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival. The firework was launched from Pamplona's town hall balcony at noon Thursday to the delight of thousands of people...
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This June 30, 2017, remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and her mate with a pup born this year in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. California wildlife officials said Wednesday, July 5, the female gray wolf and her mate have produced this one and at least two other pups this year in the wilds of Lassen County. (U.S. Forest Service via AP)
July 06, 2017 - 12:41 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A female gray wolf, her mate and at least three pups are the second pack of wolves spotted in Northern California since the species went extinct in 1924, state wildlife officials said Wednesday. The gray pups were born this spring in Lassen National Forest to a female wolf of...
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July 05, 2017 - 11:36 am
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina officers investigating a noise complaint instead joined the fun at a block party by jumping on a makeshift water slide. The Asheville officers gained attention from media including Good Morning America after their trips down the slide were captured on video...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, attend a welcome ceremony for Chinese panda bears Meng Meng and Jiao Qing at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Axel Schmidt/pool photo via AP)
July 05, 2017 - 10:58 am
BERLIN (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping officially presented two giant pandas to Berlin's zoo on Wednesday, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the bamboo-munching newcomers would be "special ambassadors" for the two countries. The pandas, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, landed in Berlin on June...
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July 05, 2017 - 7:41 am
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — NC Pride organizers are asking for forgiveness after scheduling their annual parade and festival on Sept. 30 — the same day as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Media outlets report the LGBT group has held the festival on the last Saturday of September for the past 17 years, but...
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July 05, 2017 - 6:11 am
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — NC Pride organizers are asking for forgiveness after scheduling their annual parade and festival on Sept. 30 — the same day as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Media outlets report that the festival has been held on the last Saturday of September for the past 17 years, but this...
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With the New York City skyline in the background fireworks explode during an Independence Day show over the East River, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
July 05, 2017 - 1:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans celebrated the United States' 241st birthday in both joyous and serious ways, from flashy firework displays for massive crowds to small-town parades. Tuesday's events even went international, as U.S. senators traveled to Afghanistan and spent the holiday with the troops...
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People participate in the the Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (Patrick Connolly/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
July 04, 2017 - 9:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — From flashy firework displays for massive crowds to small-town parades, Americans celebrated the United States' 241st birthday in both joyous and serious ways. Tuesday's events even went international, as U.S. senators traveled to Afghanistan and spent the holidays with the troops...
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Eight-year-old Hana Cho from Girl Scout Troop 5665 tests out a horn prior to participating the Fourth of July parade in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Decked out in red, white and blue, Californians waved flags and sang patriotic songs at Independence Day parades across the state. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
July 04, 2017 - 4:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are celebrating their country's 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating. Tuesday's festivities stretch from a baseball home run derby in London to a picnic at the White House to a Utah ski town where...
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In this Thursday, June 29, 2017, photo, "Our Family Car," a customized 1950 Chevrolet Sedan by Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, is displayed during an exhibition titled "The High Art of Riding Low" at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition is showcasing lowrider-inspired fine art. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
July 04, 2017 - 3:51 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lowrider cars these days are far more than tricked-out automobiles with gravity-challenged rear suspensions and ear-rattling exhaust systems that seem to cry out for local cops to ticket the drivers. In their finest format, they have morphed into museum-quality works of art,...
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