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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Maybe delivery next time? Pruitt gets an earful while out to eat

Fourth of July started early? Here's our declaration of all the stories you missed: A mother tells EPA chief Scott Pruitt to call it quits, don't fall for Chinese robocalls and our ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. #TheShortList
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Maybe delivery next time? Pruitt the latest Trump official to get earful while out to eat
In this file photo Environmental Protection Agency

We interrupt this meal to bring you politics

First there was Kirstjen Nielsen. Then it was Sarah Huckabee Sanders' turn. Now Scott Pruitt is the latest Trump administration official to get a public tongue-lashing while eating out. The Environmental Protection Agency chief was at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Monday when Kristin Mink, carrying her 2-year-old son, confronted him. In a video posted to Facebook, Mink mentioned Pruitt's rental room agreement with the wife of an energy lobbyist , before saying, "I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out." Mink said Pruitt did not respond and left the restaurant. An EPA spokesman later said Pruitt did not leave because of the confrontation. Pruitt listened to Mink's comments, thanked her and left the restaurant because he had finished his meal and "needed to get back to EPA for a briefing," the spokesman said.

Thai soccer team might scuba dive to freedom

Now that the youth soccer team stranded in a northern Thailand cave was found alive, the treacherous rescue begins — and it looks dangerous. The Thai military leads the international effort to rescue the 12 boys and their coach. Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said the team  needs to use scuba gear to make their way through some underwater tunnels in order to bring themselves to safety. Experts fear the maneuver will be dangerous — especially since some of the kids can't swim. "The average person can't imagine how difficult it would be," said Robert Laird, co-founder of the U.S.-based International Underwater Cave Rescue and Recovery. "These kids are not diving just to go diving. They are in a life-or-death situation."

Why you keep getting those Chinese robocalls

We're all sick of robocalls, those annoying pre-recorded sales pitches. And a lot of recent robocallers speak Chinese. Why? Because scammers are targeting Chinese immigrants , according to China's Consulate General in New York. It costs virtually nothing to place a call, so scammers don't mind if they hit thousands of English-speaking phones for every one Chinese speaker. In New York City, police estimate at least 30 residents had been scammed out of $3 million. Here's how you can block most robocalls for good.

Happy Birthday, America! Celebrate these ways

The July Fourth holiday is here, and USA TODAY can help you make the most of it. If you're among the record 46.9 million who will be on the move, check out New York. It is one of the best places to celebrate. (Here's the rest of the list.) Enjoy some fireworks – but watch out for new ones that look like children's toys. In some fire-prone areas, the fireworks have been replaced by drone shows – dazzling, but without the "Boom!" Regardless, here's how to take good fireworks photos on your phone. The nation's birthday can also be a good time to shop, especially if you have served in the armed forces (Thank you for your service). Be safe, everyone!

The Short List is a compilation of stories from across USA TODAY.

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