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On this day: July 4

POSTED: 5:29 PM Jun 27 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Jul 04 2014

The United States declares its independence, an "Iron Horse" retires, the Beach Boys hit No. 1 for the first time, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.

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2009: The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after eight years, due to security concerns following the World Trade Center attacks.

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ducks

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Indian elephant closeup

Elephant grabs man's camera, takes 'elphie'

Plenty of tourists have snapped a selfie of themselves posing with an elephant during their travels. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has done it.

But how many have had their photo taken by the elephant?

Christian LeBlanc, a 22-year-old Canadian...

Police car with emergency lights on

Sword-wielding man robs Dunkin' Donuts

A man wearing black tights, a pink wig and wielding a small sword robbed a suburban Chicago Dunkin' Donuts Thursday morning, according to WGNTV.com.

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