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Colorful hot air balloons fill N.J. skies for annual festival

July 29 (UPI) — About 100 balloonists gathered in New Jersey for the largest summer hot air balloon and music festival in North America this weekend. The 36th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning began on Friday and ran through Sunday at the Solberg Airport in Readington, with pilots …

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Rep. Lewis hospitalized after flight to Atlanta

July 29 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, was hospitalized Saturday in Atlanta after becoming ill on a flight. WSB-TV reported Lewis, 78, was expected at an event Saturday afternoon in Atlanta but didn’t show. On Saturday, Lewis’ office said in a statement: “Rep. John Lewis …

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3 dead, 7 hurt in New Orleans mass shooting

July 29 (UPI) — Two suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts opened fired at a crowd Saturday night in New Orleans, killing three people and injuring three others, police said. New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters at the scene shortly after midnight that people are on the loose after …

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HHS official who spread conspiracy theories resigns

July 28 (UPI) — President Donald Trump‘s Health and Human Services Department appointee resigned Friday, after a flux of controversies regarding anti-Muslim statements and spreading conspiracies. Ximena Barreto, appointed in December to a communications post, was placed on leave in April following media reports that she used social media to …

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California wildfire doubles in size, five dead

July 28 (UPI) — Five people have died since a wildfire that broke out Monday in Northern California jumped the Sacramento River Thursday and headed toward the city of Redding. A mother confirmed her missing grandmother and her two children dead in the wildfire in Shasta County, named the Carr …

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Robbery attempt at South Texas mall mistaken for active shooter

July 28 (UPI) — Shoppers at a mall in southeast Texas on Saturday frantically ran outside after hearing shots fired, something city officials had reported as an active shooter situation. After a tweet warning of an “active shooter,” city officials said the situation was actually a robbery attempt at a …

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