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Spectators wave American flags and cheer during an Independence Day celebration and naturalization ceremony at Monticello in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The annual Fourth of July tradition at the historic home of Thomas Jefferson featured the naturalization of new American citizens from 40 countries. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, food and music. Here are some highlights and lowlights of Independence Day celebrations across the globe: PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS CAMPAIGN IN PARADES Parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of the race […]

In this Monday, June 8, 2015 photo, 1-year-old Joshua Tinoco clings to a gate at his relative's home in Los Angeles. At a brief hearing, a government lawyer tells his teenage mother that her son is an immigration enforcement priority for the United States and should be sent back to his native Honduras even though she is being allowed to stay and seek a green card. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES | At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year. While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay in the U.S. and seek a green card under a federal program […]

In this May 8, 2015 photo, a fisherman cycles past the U.S. Interests Section building, behind right, along the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen embassies, calling the restoration of diplomatic ties “an important step on the path toward the normalization of relations.”

FILE - In this June 19, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington. Big-time donors to a nonprofit educational group founded by Jeb Bush, disclosed publicly by The Associated Press for the first time, highlight the intersection between Bush’s roles in the worlds of business, policy and politics years before he considered running for president. After leaving the Florida governor’s office in 2007, Bush formed the Foundation for Excellence in Education, whose mission is “to build an American education system that equips every child to achieve their God-given potential.” With Bush serving as president, the group attracted $46 million from donors through 2014.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

“If you wanted access to Jeb Bush, one of the ways to do it is to make a large donation to one of those foundations,” said Bill Allison, who until recently was a senior fellow with the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for open government.

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