33,000 American flags planted in Boston Common in memory of every fallen service member from Massachusetts between the Civil War and present day.

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A flag stands at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Happy 4th of July from NBC News. How are you celebrating?

Statue of Liberty and One World Trade center in red, white and blue for the 4th

The Statue of Liberty, center right, and One World Trade Center, right, lit up in red, white and blue lights ahead of the Fourth of July holiday are seen from Bayonne, N.J., Monday, July 2, 2012.

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'Life-threatening' heat warning across much of US

Excessive heat warnings were issued for parts of the central U.S. on Thursday with temperatures expected to soar to 100 degrees and more — a day after some areas saw 110 degrees and even hotter.

The warnings were issued for parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

“If precautions are not taken … persons outside could suffer from heat exhaustion and potentially heat stroke. Heat-related illness can be life-threatening,” the Weather Service warned.

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A Special Series: What the World Thinks of US

What does the rest of the world think of the United States?  

More than three and a half years since President Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American president and over 10 years since the 9/11 attacks – how do people perceive the United States and its role on the world stage?

Msnbc.com teamed up with our NBC News colleagues in over 10 countries around the world – from China, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Africa, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Iran, and Germany, to the U.K. – to check the pulse on current perceptions of America’s global stature ahead of our annual Independence Day. 

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