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All Clear Given After DC Police Investigate Suspicious Package

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Police in Washington, D.C. investigated a suspicious package on Saturday morning, eventually determining that it was not a threat.

U.S. Capitol Police closed down an area on First Street SE, near the National Mall, while they investigated. The D.C. Police Department later cleared the scene and said that all lanes were open.

The investigation was part of heightened security around the Capitol for the July Fourth weekend.

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All Clear Given After DC Police Investigate Suspicious Package

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Police in Washington, D.C. investigated a suspicious package on Saturday morning, eventually determining that it was not a threat.

U.S. Capitol Police closed down an area on First Street SE, near the National Mall, while they investigated. The D.C. Police Department later cleared the scene and said that all lanes were open.

The investigation was part of heightened security around the Capitol for the July Fourth weekend.

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Iran Nuclear Agreement Getting Closer

CGinspiration/iStock/Thinkstock(VIENNA) -- According to diplomats, Iran and the P5+1 nations have reached an agreement on lifting sanctions against Iran as part of a larger nuclear deal.

The deal was approved by experts on both sides, though a senior administration official says that "there will remain some open issues that can only be decided by ministers." One of those issues may be determining when the sanctions would be lifted.

The nations have been working on a possible nuclear deal for months, with President Obama saying earlier this week that he was hopeful an agreement could be reached.

"There's still some hard negotiations to take place," Obama said, "but ultimately it's going to be up to the Iranians to determine whether or not they meet the requirements that the international community has set forth."

Obama also said that he would be willing to walk away from a deal if Iran did not agree to conditions that would block the nation's path to a nuclear weapon.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posted a YouTube video on Friday saying that the two sides "have never been closer to a lasting outcome," but that the P5+1 nations must choose between "agreement or coercion."

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Hillary Clinton Encourages Distraught Gay Child Depicted in Viral Photo

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A Humans of New York photo showing what it says is a distraught young boy crying because he is gay has gone viral, with thousands of people commenting on Facebook offering advice and words of support.

“I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me,” the caption reads.

The photo seems to have grabbed the attention and pulled at the heartstrings of even Hillary Clinton, who left her own message for the child as well.

“Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,” she wrote. “You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them.”

The comment was signed “-H,” meaning it’s actually from her.

Clinton’s Deputy Communications Director Kristina Schake tweeted a screenshot of the comment.

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Fargo, North Dakota Man Sums It All Up in Two-Word Obit

kzenon/iStock/Thinkstock(FARGO, N.D.) -- A North Dakota man who wanted to keep his obituary short and simple chose to communicate the news of his death in just two words.

Doug died.

The 85-year-old Douglas Legler died on June 27. His daughter Janet Stoll told ABC affiliate WDAY-TV "he just wanted it short and sweet. He came up with it. He said 'all i want is "Doug Died."' We were just trying to follow his wishes."

Stoll said her dad didn't try to be charismatic or funny, he just was. And despite having a bit of a gruff exterior at times, Stoll said he had a kind and tender heart.

And while Legler didn't want to go on and on about details of his life, the public might now know more about him than they ever would have had he just run a typical obituary. The news outlet that ran the obit also ended up running a news story about the obit, and about Legler.

"He was very lighthearted and had a great sense of humor," Stoll said. "He was very quick-witted, and funny. He was one of a kind, he really was. Everyone loved him that met him."


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Injured Sept. 11 Firefighter Wins $5 Million From Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket

Steve Snowden/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Mercado, a retired New York firefighter who sacrificed his health as a 9/11 responder, is now getting something back from New York, through the form of a lottery ticket.

The 63-year-old father, who lives in Orange County, New York, started buying scratch-off tickets when he retired from the fire department 11 years ago, he told ABC News Saturday. He usually buys a few tickets a week.

"My mother always told me... life here in America is expensive, especially in New York; play lotto," Mercado said.

He usually doesn't play on Sundays, he said, but he bought two tickets May 17 in Sunnyside, Queens.

When he got into his van, he started scratching from left to right, and found he had a winning ticket for $5 million.

"I got confused. My mind became blank," Mercado said.

"I had to verify it because it could have been a printing error. I went back to the store and I verified it with the machine and sure enough, it said 'See New York state lottery officials.'"

And Mercado certainly has a loyalty to New York. He worked at a firehouse in Queens, including the morning of September 11, 2001.

"That morning ... when the first plane hit ... you thought it was an accident, a pilot made an error," he said Saturday. "But when the second one hit, there was no error. On the intercom there was a fireman who was trapped on a fire truck. He was about to cry. He said, 'Please come and help me.' When we heard those words ... we rushed down there.

"When I rushed there ... I saw grown firemen hugging each other and crying. And when I saw that, I said, 'This is bad,'" he said.

"As a fireman from 9/11, I inherited injuries, illnesses," he said, which led him to retire a few years later.

Now, with his new winnings, Mercado said he'll get to keep about $3.3 million, which will first go toward paying off a mortgage "hanging over my head," as well as other bills.

But he said he wants most of the money to go to his children. Mercado, a father of four, has three children in their 30s, and his oldest daughter has a son of her own.

He also has a daughter who is 10. Every August he takes her to Disney World, he said, and now Mercado may even buy a house in Florida for his children and grandson to enjoy.

"This time around I might buy something permanent," he said. "Hopefully, she [the 10-year-old] will still want to go Disney World when she's 18.

"Once I pay my house off, that's my main priority. ... The rest, I'll feel good that I put something away for them," he said.

Mercado added he now plans to "just enjoy the summer" with his young daughter.

A representative for the New York Gaming Commission did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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San Antonio Spurs Sign Lamarcus Aldridge

Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lamarcus Aldridge has decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, the star announced on his Twitter page on Saturday afternoon.

Aldridge, who is from Texas, said he is "excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends." The former Portland Trail Blazers forward had been among the most coveted free agents of the NBA offseason, garnering interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, among others.

ESPN reports the contract Aldridge signs will be for four years, with the option for him to opt-out after the third year. It will be worth over $80 million.

Aldridge, who had spent the first nine years of his NBA career in Portland, met twice with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

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Chris Daughtry Plays for the Troops, Chows Down on Fourth of July

RCA RecordsTo some, the Fourth of July means the beach, beer and barbecues, but Daughtry will spend that day being reminded of the true meaning of the holiday -- they'll be performing for the troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  "It's just, like, the best crowd ever," says Chris Daughtry.

"That’s gonna be fun. We always love playing for the troops. We’ve done many tours overseas and different military bases and it’s just like the best crowd ever," Chris tells ABC Radio. "They’re so grateful and so awesome and they do all the hard work, you know?"

In fact, Chris explains why there's really a different feel when they perform for the troops, as opposed to just a regular concert audience.  "Because that’s their time to see the show. They can’t go next week; they can’t see it another time when you come back through. That’s their escape time, you know, and they don’t take that for granted," he tells ABC Radio. "You know like a lot of people [are like], 'Oh, well we saw them last month,' or whatever."

"I dunno, they just seem extremely grateful and it makes us even more proud to perform for ‘em," he adds.

Just because Chris is performing on Saturday doesn't mean he won't get to barbecue, though.  And when it comes to his favorite type of meat to cook over the coals, he's an equal-opportunity eater.  "You had me at 'meat,'" he laughs. "Whatever, just throw it on the grill and I’ll eat it. I’m a caveman, I’ll eat the crap out of some meat!"  He doesn't want too much seasoning on it, either.

"I’m a big fan of spicy food but when it comes to red meat I don’t want it too spicy," says the singer, who's evidently quite the gourmand. "I don’t want it to overtake the flavor and the rotund and robustness of the red meat."

One thing Chris probably won't be able to do on the Fourth is shoot off fireworks: they're illegal in North Carolina, and doing that on a military base probably isn't advisable.  However, the singer says when he was a kid, doing that was a big deal for him.

"I used to love shooting fireworks as a kid -- get all the M-80s and the smoke bombs and go out and put ‘em on your G.I. Joes and see how far they’ll fly," he laughs. "Some of ‘em went pretty good and they would explode!"  

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