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Chestnut crowned July 4 hot-dog champ again but can't top his own record

NEW YORK (Reuters) - This year's Nathan's Famous hot-dog eating contest proved a mild disappointment to Joey Chestnut, the Fourth of July event's perennial champ, even though he handily won the annual display of gastronomical excess for the 12th time this year.

For U.S. birthday, life, liberty and the pursuit of hot dogs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fireworks, music and the pursuit of hot dogs will mark the 242nd year of independence for the United States on what is expected to be a steamy Wednesday in much of the country.

Factbox - Sifting through U.S. beach sand numbers

(Reuters) - One of the challenges Florida faces after a violent storm year that left the state saddled with more than $50 billion in damage is getting enough sand to protect seaside homes and businesses and fix up its beaches in time for the peak tourist season.

Marbury’s ready for one last fling with the big boys

AT 40 years old, Stephon Marbury shocked everyone by announcing he’s looking to return to the NBA for one last season. Starsport’s KNG ZHE NG GUAN caught up with Marbury, who is in town with his new team – the Beijing Fly Dragons – for the Seri Mutiara Cup.

Monkey steals eggs, scratches child in Singapore housing estate

SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is working with the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council to monitor the situation after a monkey was spotted at a Housing Board estate encroaching on residents' space and scratching a child.

Hot-dog contest, fireworks, beachgoing mark U.S. July 4 holiday

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans celebrated the July Fourth holiday on Tuesday with the reopening of a New Jersey beach closed to everyone but the governor after a government shutdown, a record-setting hot-dog eating contest and fireworks displays across the country.

Celebrating the immigrant roots of the American hot dog

Like many American families, the humble hot dog can trace its roots to New York's Ellis Island, the immigration processing centre from 1892 through 1954.