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A week ago, Yeni Gonzalez was in an immigration detention center in Arizona more than 2,000 miles from her children.

On Tuesday, the 29-year-old stood outside the social services agency in New York City where she had just seen her kids for the first time in 45 days, clutching a blue and white lollipop in her hand.

"I feel very happy because I just saw my children, and my daughter gave me that lollipop," Gonzalez said in Spanish.

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Every summer on the National Mall, in the heart of the nation's capital, there's a free public event — a series of fireworks for all to see.

It's America's annual explosive celebration ... of safety.

It's the Consumer Product Safety Commission's day to blow up mannequins.

This year, it was observed on June 27.

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'Embedded' Reports On Coal From Appalachia

Jul 3, 2018

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The British government says it will ban conversion therapy, the controversial practice of trying to change sexual orientation. Patrick Strudwick's reporting helped galvanize the movement that resulted in the ban.

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When volunteer British divers managed the remarkable late Monday night, finding 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach stranded on a ledge more than a mile into a complex cave system, they were greeted with a chorus of thank yous — and one very difficult question. It came from the mouth of a lanky boy who had just spent nine days with his teammates stranded in darkness a half-mile below ground.

"When can we leave?"

A gunman attacked the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, last week, leaving five dead and two others injured. As Gazette reporters mourn their colleagues, they are covering a national story about gun violence brought painfully close to home.

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Former Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges levied against him in court in connection with the 1MDB scandal, which involved the misuse of billions in government funds.

Najib was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of corruption. His case was immediately moved to High Court, where Najib pleaded not guilty to all the charges, according to The Associated Press. The case will now proceed to trial.

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Just weeks before last year's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced a new commission to recommend "how to best tell the real story" of the Confederate-era and other statues on Monument Avenue, a tree-lined street known as one of the city's tourist destinations.

Then the white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, some 70 miles away. They rallied around a statue of Robert E. Lee that had been slated for removal during an August weekend that turned violent.

More than half of suicides in the U.S. are carried out with a gun. In rural Illinois, more than 80 percent of gun-related deaths were suicides.

Madelyn Beck (@MadelynBeck8) of Illinois Newsroom reports on what’s being done to address the problem.

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Deborah Levy opens her new memoir, The Cost of Living, by telling us one of those small stories whose size, like an ant or a virus, stands in inverse proportion to its power.

As Levy recalls, one night, she was sitting alone in a bar in the Caribbean. Near her, a muscled middle-aged guy whose silver hair was gathered into a manbun started chatting up a young woman. Levy comes to refer to him as "Big Silver."

Americans will celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday this year, to mark the Continental Congress approving the text of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

But as Here & Now‘s Alex Ashlock (@aashlock) reports, at least one founding father wanted to celebrate on July 2 instead.

Tesla manufactured 5,000 of its Model 3 sedans last week, passing a self-imposed production milestone and prompting CEO Elon Musk to declare it a “real car company.”

With the unemployment rate so low, employers around the country are facing worker shortages.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Steve Kase, managing director at ASK Products in Aurora, Illinois, about how his company handles worker shortages — from paying overtime to increasing automation.

Nine states and Washington, D.C. have now legalized recreational marijuana. But three of those nine states, along with the district, have no recreational pot shops.

In Massachusetts, a voter referendum called for legal sales of marijuana to start in January. That was pushed to July 1. But still, no stores yet.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Kamani Jefferson, president of the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, a group that advocates for marijuana consumers.

Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery sits on a hilltop in Malta, a tiny island nation of sand-hued fortresses in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and North Africa.

Birds perch on elaborate Roman Catholic crypts and tombstones chiseled with the names of loved ones — John, Ariadne, Carmello, Ouzeppa.

You may be just a few hours away from the Fourth of July holiday. Now, may we present to you a video of a bear that is truly channeling the spirit of a mellow summer BBQ.

This encounter happened on Friday afternoon, just as Mark Hough of Altadena, Calif., was settling into a relaxing margarita. Suddenly, a bear appeared in his backyard.

Mining and commodities trading giant Glencore saw its shares dive in trading Tuesday after the company disclosed that a subsidiary has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice to produce documents tied to questions over potential corruption and money laundering.

For the Hall family, the country house called Hamdean was supposed to be a retreat, a suite of well-appointed rooms where they could escape their busy London lives. Buying the front part of the manor in southeast England was the idea of Michael, who works in real estate, although his wife, Catherine, was wary of her husband's "folie de grandeur." Her skepticism, sadly, proves to be right — although not in a way either of them could have predicted.

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After 44 Years Parking Scofflaw Pays Up

Jul 3, 2018

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A 3-year-old girl who was among nine people injured during a stabbing attack at her birthday party has died from her wounds.

Six of the victims were children, and three were adults. Of the children, one is the 3-year-old girl who died and there are two 4-year-olds, a 6-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 12-year-old.

One other child was released from the hospital, but seven other victims of the stabbing on Saturday are still being treated for their injuries, according to the Idaho Statesman.

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