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Independence Day in America and Egypt

It's Independence day in the United States AND Egypt today. A military coup has dumped the unpopular Muslim Brotherhood regime of Mohammed Morsi after just a year in power. Fireworks and celebrations filled the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities yesterday and overnight, and continue this morning. The head of the constitutional court has been sworn in as Egypt's interim president. The Army says it will eventually call new elections. President Obama says he is deeply concerned by the Egyptian Armed Forces decision to remove Morsi, and hopes to see the military quickly return authority to a democratic government.

President Obama is set to speak at a TBA time today from the South Lawn.

Molly Henneberg covering America's 237th birthday from the National Mall where a massive celebration and parade begins at 11:45am.

1145EDT -- More than 3,000 performers, dancers, cultural orgs, balloons, floats, and military personnel march in celebration of our nation's 237th birthday in the annual Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC.

The Statue of Liberty reopens to the public today after repairs to damage done by Superstorm Sandy. Rick Leventhal reporting.

1030EDT -- Ceremony begins. Performances by the US Park Police Color Guard, the Third US Army Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard", and West Point Band vocalist Master Sergeant MaryKay Messenger.

1035EDT -- Remarks by Interior Secy Jewell, Sen Menendez, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, Natl Park Service Dir Jonathan Jarvis, and Statue of Liberty Natl Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger.

1110EDT -- Ribbon cutting and performance by singer/actor Dominic Chianese of The Sopranos to close the ceremony.

Catherine Herridge reporting today on the latest on the Edward Snowden drama. The NSA leaker remains in Russia as a man without a country.

Will Carr reporting on the fire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters. That blaze has burned 13 square miles and 129 homes.

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Clint Henderson is the Executive Producer for “Happening Now” and an avid traveler. Follow his adventures on Twitter, ClintPHenderson, and Instagram, clintpage1.