Entries in Fourth of July (2)


Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiled in London

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images(LONDON) -- On the day marking America's declaration of independence from British rule, there was plenty of celebrating going on in London to honor the 40th president of the United States.

A statute of Ronald Reagan was unveiled Monday in front of the U.S. Embassy, part of Europe's commemoration of Reagan's 100th birthday.

The Fourth of July event was attended by Condoleezza Rice, who served as secretary of state under former President George W. Bush, and current British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Effusive in his praise of the late president, Hague said, "Ronald Reagan is without question a great American hero; one of America’s finest sons, and a giant of 20th Century history.  You may be sure that the people of London will take this statue to their hearts."

The $800,000 statue, commissioned by the Reagan Memorial Fund Trust, is also symbolic of the long alliance between the U.S. and Britain despite their differences 235 years ago.

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a close Reagan friend, had to decline an invitation to the unveiling because of poor health.

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Americans Advised Not to Travel to Mexican Border Town for July 4

Lifesize/Agri Press(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Americans are being advised against travelling to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico over the Fourth of July weekend, as authorities warn that a Mexican drug cartel plans on committing criminal acts against visiting Americans over the weekend.

“We urge U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend if it can be avoided,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw said in a statement.

Both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office say they have received credible intelligence that members of the Zetas Cartel are planning on committing crimes against Americans travelling to Nuevo Laredo.

“According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens,” said McCraw.

Officials say there is also a possibility of crimes being committed against U.S. nationals in suburbs that surround Nuevo Laredo.

Authorities in Texas say there isn’t any indication that cartel-related criminal activities will occur within that state, but in the event that it does, they are fully prepared to respond.

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