New York City celebrates July 4th with dazzling pyrotechnic display over Hudson River

Across the United States, Americans are celebrating 236 years of independence with backyard barbeques, family gatherings and, of course, fireworks.

While many celebrations have been scaled-down or cancelled due to weather-related power outages and concerns of spreading wildfires amid dry, hot weather, many are still celebrating, albeit in less-than-traditional ways.

In New York, Katy Perry gave a star-spangled performance in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, donning her Fleet Week uniform of a purple ponytail and an American flag mini-dress, singing her apropos hit Firework to a crowd of servicemen. Kenny Chesney also performed.

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Oscars: Best and worst dressed

THIS year’s Oscar stars looked head and shoulders above the usual fashion crowd – in a series of stunning strapless gowns.

Nominee Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman and Cameron Diaz all opted for shoulder-baring frocks on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Elsewhere pale shades from cream to nude proved popular, with Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow leading the fashion pack in white at the gong fest.

Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain and Kelly Osbourne all channelled their dark side in black numbers.

Ange joined the thigh-high club in Atelier Versace – flashing some flesh to sex up her otherwise snoresville black velvet.

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Smoke and minors: Photographer captures disturbing images of children puffing on cigarettes

Cherubic cheeks framed with gentle ringlets – they are the faces of innocence and beauty.

But with cigarettes lingering between their fingers or pipes perched between their lips, their images are repulsive.

In an attempt to play the attractiveness and vulgarity of smoking off each other, Belgian photographer Frieke Janssens has captured 15 eerie images of children puffing on cigarettes, cigars or pipes in a collection entitled ‘The Beauty of an Ugly Addiction’.

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Photographer captures amazing images from some of America’s remotest locations

These stunning images of the night sky were captured during a marathon 1,300-mile trek across some of America’s roughest terrain.

During his adventures hiking down the U.S. western seaboard, Brad

Goldpaint went to great lengths to record the natural beauty of the night sky as it illuminated locales of exquisite natural beauty.

The 29-year-old perched on a ledge with a 1,000ft shear drop, battled through a desert and clambered up mountains.

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