Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, proud owner of the signature Dodge car seen in the 1980s TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard," said he will remove the Confederate flag painted on the auto's roof. The move comes as US sports entities such as the NASCAR stock car series, which has a strong southern fan base, wrestle with the flag issue. "The flag is offensive to people... I felt like it was the right gesture for me to do," Watson said on Friday at the US PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country:
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The way Angels manager Mike Scioscia looked at things, there really wasn't anything unusual seeing Josh Hamilton playing for the other team.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.
Survivors reported seeing up to 150 sacks of cement in the ship's cargo area before it capsized in relatively calm seas off the central port of Ormoc on Thursday, city councillor Godiardo Ebcas told AFP. Bloated bodies spilled out of the Kim Nirvana's wooden hull as a crane lifted it from the water and placed it on Ormoc port, he said. The death count was bigger than the 45 reported by the coast guard, which was based on the ship's passenger list, though the guard counted the same number of survivors.