Americans ready for nation's birthday, but hurricane in east and drought in west alter plans

  • by: KAREN MATTHEWS , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 3, 2014 - 10:50 PM

NEW YORK — As Americans prepared to celebrate the nation's 238th birthday, Hurricane Arthur forced several East Coast cities to switch the dates of their Fourth of July shows and officials in the drought-stricken West urged caution in setting off fireworks.

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