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First female 4-star admiral selected

Howard

– For the first time in its history, the Navy promoted a woman Tuesday to become a four-star admiral.

Surrounded by friends, family and peers, Adm. Michelle Howard was promoted to her new rank at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. She’ll take over as the vice chief of naval operations, the No. 2 officer in the service. She is not only the first woman to hold the job, but also the first African-American.

It’s the latest achievement for Howard, who previously was the first black woman to serve as a three-star officer in the U.S. military and command a U.S. Navy ship.

1st storm of season, Arthur, on its way

With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm plodded off Florida’s coast Tuesday, though Arthur wasn’t yet spooking too many in the storm’s potential path.

“I think everybody’s keeping one eye on the weather and one eye on the events this weekend,” said Joe Marinelli, president of the Savannah, Georgia, tourism bureau.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for a swath of Florida’s east coast. The National Hurricane Center urged those as far north as parts of Virginia to monitor Tropical Storm Arthur’s path. The center predicted Arthur would become a hurricane by Thursday.

Ex-Iowa State prof pleads not guilty

A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.

Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements during his initial court appearance in Des Moines, Iowa, federal court. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Han was released on bond, and his trial was scheduled for Sept. 2. Han and his attorney, Joe Herrold, declined to comment.

Food truck tank blast hurts several

A propane tank on a food truck exploded in north Philadelphia on Tuesday, sending a huge fireball into the sky and injuring at least 11 people, including two who suffered serious burns, police said.

The explosion outside an auto body shop caused serious burns to a 27-year-old woman and teenage girl.

JPMorgan’s CEO has throat cancer

JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon has throat cancer that will require radiation and chemotherapy treatment this summer.

Dimon disclosed his condition in a message late Tuesday addressed to the New York company’s employees and shareholders. He will remain JPMorgan Chase’s CEO and continue to run one of the world’s largest banks while he battles the cancer.

The 58-year-old executive says his doctors have assured him his chances of being cured are excellent.

Anti-Beijing march attracts thousands

Hong Kong police arrested nearly 200 people today after tens of thousands in the former British colony joined a massive march to push for democracy.

Anger at mainland China has never been greater after Beijing warned recently it holds the ultimate authority over the freewheeling capitalist enclave despite agreeing to a law that gave the city a high degree of autonomy for 50 years after British rule ended in 1997.

Police said 196 people were arrested for unlawful assembly and preventing police from carrying out their duties.

Police said 98,600 people joined Tuesday’s rally at its peak, while organizers said 510,000 turned out.

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