Recreation and leisure

A man watches a fireworks display for Independence Day at Worlds of Fun amusement park Monday, July 3, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 04, 2017 - 12:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are celebrating their country's birthday Tuesday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating, marking a day of shared traditions in a nation that has grappled with divides this past year. In New York, throngs are...
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In this Sunday, July 2, 2017, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, uses the beach with his family and friends at the governor's summer house at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. Christie is defending his use of the beach, closed to the public during New Jersey's government shutdown, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word." (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)
July 03, 2017 - 3:41 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — There's Gov. Chris Christie, lounging in a beach chair in the Oval Office. There he is again, sitting in the sand as the lovers from the movie "From Here to Eternity" roll around in the surf. And there he is, relaxing outside the meat store from "The Sopranos." Christie is...
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In this Sunday, July 2, 2017, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, uses the beach with his family and friends at the governor's summer house at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. Christie is defending his use of the beach, closed to the public during New Jersey's government shutdown, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word." (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)
July 03, 2017 - 12:57 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie got blistered by the public Monday after he was photographed sunning himself over the Fourth of July weekend on a New Jersey beach that he had closed to everyone else because of a government shutdown. Online, people mocked the governor as selfish and...
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In this Sunday, July 2, 2017, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, uses the beach with his family and friends at the governor's summer house at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. Christie is defending his use of the beach, closed to the public during New Jersey's government shutdown, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word." (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)
July 03, 2017 - 11:38 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie got blistered online Monday after he was photographed sunning himself on a New Jersey beach that he had closed to the public over the Fourth of July weekend because of a government shutdown. Commenters mocked the governor as selfish and arrogant and cracked...
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In this Sunday, July 2, 2017, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, uses the beach with his family and friends at the governor's summer house at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. Christie is defending his use of the beach, closed to the public during New Jersey's government shutdown, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word." (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)
July 03, 2017 - 10:57 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie got blistered online Monday after he was photographed sunning himself on a New Jersey beach that he had closed to the public over the Fourth of July weekend because of a government shutdown. Christie defended his use of the beach, saying he had previously...
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July 03, 2017 - 7:12 am
MOUNTAIN REST, S.C. (AP) — A man has died after a fall along a hiking trail in the South Carolina mountains. Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said a 39-year-old Spartanburg County man died Sunday night after falling along the Chattooga River Trail in Mountain Rest. Addis said in a news release that...
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New Jersey State Park police block the entrance to Bulls Island state recreation area during the state government shutdown in Stockton, N.J. , Sunday, July 2, 2017. New Jersey's government shutdown dragged into a second day Sunday without a resolution to the stalemate between a defiant Republican Gov. Chris Christie and an unmoving Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP)
July 02, 2017 - 9:45 pm
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. The unpopular Republican governor, whose family was using the state residence at Island...
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In this undated photo, string instrumentalists perform "Hava Nagila," an Israeli folk song at the Utah State Prison. The director of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir helped train at the Utah State Priso in preparation for a recent spring recital. (Hannah McDonald/The Deseret News via AP)
July 02, 2017 - 5:19 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The newest students of the director of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir have the talent you would expect to be honed under the guidance of an experienced music teacher. But they come from an unlikely source — Utah State Prison. Director Mack Wilberg spent months helping...
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In this undated photo, string instrumentalists perform "Hava Nagila," an Israeli folk song at the Utah State Prison. The director of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir helped train at the Utah State Priso in preparation for a recent spring recital. (Hannah McDonald/The Deseret News via AP)
July 02, 2017 - 4:06 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The newest students of the director of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir have the talent you would expect to be honed under the guidance of an experienced music teacher. But they come from an unlikely source — Utah State Prison. Director Mack Wilberg spent months helping...
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FILE- In this June 28, 2017, file photo, protesters holds signs as they gather for a demonstration on the University of Cincinnati campus demanding that a white former police officer be tried a third time in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist in Cincinnati. As cities and towns host July 4th parades and fireworks shows, some minority residents are expressing mixed feelings about the holiday used to reaffirm the country's founding based on equality and civil liberties. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
July 02, 2017 - 3:49 pm
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. How do you celebrate during what some people of color consider troubling times?...
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