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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man accused by the FBI of planning a 2018 attack on a downtown Cleveland park during a popular Independence Day celebration was sentenced Tuesday to spend 14 years in federal prison.

Demetrius Pitts, who has roots in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, pleaded guilty in November to attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group al Qaeda, as well as making threats against President Donald Trump and his children. His plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office called for the 14-year sentence.

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An M1A1 Abrams tank from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif., thunders down the road during Torrance's 58th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade, May 20, 2017. (U.S. Army/Sgt. David Edge)

A Marine who posted on Facebook that people who objected to tanks being part of July 4th festivities in the nation's capital should kill themselves has been disciplined administratively, a Corps spokesman said.

In July, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Ennett responded to a message from the Marine Corps' official Facebook account wishing Marines a happy Independence Day with the following tirade: "Here's to any complaints about tanks and a [middle finger] to anyone who says anything about PTSD! Happy 4th. Blow your fingers off, get black out drunk, engage in risky behavior that offends snow flakes. If you die, then you didn't deserve to live! If you wine, hurry and become a '22' statistic today!"

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July 4th is a time to celebrate America. It's also a time to honor veterans and military personnel for their service to their country. Here's a look at the best July 4th deals and discounts for veterans and active-duty military on Independence Day.

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Every Tuesday, Shawn Marceau visits his son’s grave in the veterans section of Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima, Washington State.

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The bright lights and booming sounds of fireworks on the Fourth of July can be tough for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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