Believe it: United States one of happiest places on Earth, survey says

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You might not think it from listening to politicians, but the United States is one of the happiest places on Earth.

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Warnings after 9 die amid searing heat, storms

With more triple-digit heat in the forecast, millions of people in the Mid-Atlantic area were without power on Saturday after violent storms with 80-mph gusts toppled trees, cut power lines and killed four people.

Ohio also saw up to 1 million homes and businesses without power Saturday morning due to the storm front overnight.

'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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7-year-old girl, Heaven, shot dead in Chicago

A 7-year-old girl was fatally shot in the back Wednesday outside of her family’s home in Chicago

The girl, identified as Heaven Sutton, was selling candy with her mother and playing with friends around 10:45 p.m. in the city’s North Austin neighborhood when someone opened fire down the street, NBCChicago.com reported.

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NBC/WSJ poll: More would be pleased if health law ruled unconstitutional

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to decide on President Obama’s health-care law on Thursday, more Americans say they would be pleased if the law is ruled unconstitutional than constitutional, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

In the survey, 37 percent say they would be pleased if the Supreme Court finds the law unconstitutional, versus 22 percent who say they would be disappointed with that outcome.

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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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