BROOKLYN, N.Y. --Rapid-fire eating contests took place nationwide on the Fourth of July, including one for hot dogs at Coney Island, Brooklyn, that was shown live on national television. Joey Chestnut won his 10th Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing a record 72 frankfurters in 10 minutes. In Washington, Molly Schuyler defended her title by chowing down 21 Z-Burger hamburgers in 10 minutes, Washington's WTOP television reported.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie brushed off criticism on Monday after he was caught on camera taking a break from dealing with a government shutdown to lounge on a state beach that was closed to the public during the July Fourth holiday weekend. When a morning TV show host said he could understand why people were upset by photos taken by a local newspaper that showed Christie and his family sunbathing on an empty beach, Christie responded, "Well, I'm sorry, they're not the governor," referring to the governor's residence at the state park.
About 20,000 gallons of crude oil belonging to Exxon Mobil Corp was released after a Canadian National Railway Co freight train derailed on Friday at Plainfield, Illinois. The cause of the derailment was unknown, a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Twenty cars of the south-bound Canadian National train carrying crude oil were involved in the derailment, while three of the cars leaked, CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said.
President Donald Trump offered help to a terminally ill infant an ocean away in a Twitter post on Monday after his parents lost a legal battle to give him experimental therapy in the United States . The baby, 10-month-old Charlie Gard, has been at the center of a long legal battle between his parents, who wanted him to undergo an American therapy trial, and specialists at the hospital in London who said the treatment was experimental and would not help.
An Amtrak train with more than 250 people aboard derailed on Sunday near Puget Sound in Washington state, injuring several passengers, although no one was believed to have been seriously hurt, local fire officials and the rail service said. Amtrak said the locomotive and baggage car of train 506 on the Amtrak Cascades line, running between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Eugene, Oregon, left the tracks at Chambers Bay Bridge in Steilacoom, Washington, just south of Tacoma.
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois — American Danielle Kang beat Canada's defending champion Brooke Henderson by one stroke to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday and make her first LPGA Tour victory a major. Kang broke clear with four consecutive birdies from the 11th hole, but fell back into a tie with Henderson after bogeying the par-three 17th, where she found a bunker with her tee shot. But the Californian held her nerve at the par-five 18th, hitting two near-perfect shots before two-putting to cap her victory with a birdie at Olympia Fields.
SYDNEY — Australia's Jeff Horn stunned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in a bloody Brisbane battle to claim a unanimous 12-round decision and win the WBO world welterweight title in front of 50,000 fans at Lang Park on Sunday. The unheralded 29-year-old former schoolteacher, who improved his record to 17-0-1, was awarded the win over the eight-division world champion by scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113. "I'm so happy, I can't explain my feelings," Horn said at ringside, before welcoming the prospect of a rematch.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out on Saturday at the growing number of states refusing to give voters' names, addresses and sensitive personal information to a commission he created to investigate alleged voter fraud.
LITTLE ROCK, AR. - At least 17 people were shot after gunfire erupted at a concert in Little Rock,Arkansas early Saturday, police said on social media. At least one person injured in the shooting at a venue called the Power Ultra Lounge was initially listed in critical condition and has since been upgraded to stable, Little Rock police said on Twitter. It was not immediately clear if anyone was arrested in connection with the shooting.
Stephen Curry has agreed to a record five-year, $201 million 'super-max' deal to stay at the Golden State Warriors, according to several reports on Friday. The deal came immediately after the NBA's free agency period began and was done under the league's designated veteran player extension. Under the new designation, which was added to the current collective bargaining agreement,Curry was eligible for the lucrative deal since he won at least one MVP award in the last three seasons.