Lunchtime Links: July 2, 2010

What are the best places in the U.S. to see Independence Day fireworks?



The unemployment rate for June ticked down to 9.5 percent, but overall private-sector job creation remained weak.

BP's oil spill, considered the worst in U.S. history for several weeks, set a new, notorious record as the worst ever in the Gulf of Mexico.

President Obama signed into law on Thursday far-reaching new sanctions on Iran that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic's fuel imports and deepen its international isolation.

A self-proclaimed “scumbag pedophile” Catholic priest in Australia has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in jail for sex attacks on 25 children over nearly two decades. John Sidney Denham, 67, pleaded guilty to a range of charges relating to attacks on boys at schools in New South Wales between 1968 and 1986.

Elena Kagan appears a shoe-in for nomination to the Supreme Court, but senators from both parties are left grumbling about the hearing process.

In another round of massive recalls, Toyota will pull back 270,000 vehicles for repair.

Phil Jackson will return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench next year for what will be his 20th – and likely final – season of coaching.

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