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July 3, 2020

President Trump will start the three-day Independence Day weekend at Mount Rushmore, where 7,500 people are expected to attend a fireworks display Friday, The Associated Press reports. South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem (R), a Trump ally, said masks will be optional at the event, and social distancing won't be required. That prompted objections from local officials, including the Republican mayor of nearby Rapid City, Steve Allender.

Leaders of several Native American tribes in the region also warned the event could result in a coronavirus spike among their members. "The president is putting our tribal members at risk to stage a photo op at one of our most sacred sites," said Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

In many states, leaders are encouraging residents to limit their July 4 celebrations to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. Harold Maass

July 3, 2016

If your dog, like mine, is transformed from a gallant defender of the castle into a whimpering skulker at the sound of fireworks or thunder, you may soon be able to drug that fear right out of them.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a medicine for pets with noise aversion, a drug called Sileo marketed as a way to calm animals without truly sedating them. "It's not a tranquilizer, per se," Dr. Gary Yarnell, a vet in New York, told CBS SF. "It works on the nervous system to inhibit the release of adrenaline or nor-epinephrine."

Yarnell recommended comforting and staying home with your dog during noisy times, like the Fourth of July, before trying pills. Bonnie Kristian

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