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July 9, 2010, 7:57 a.m.
A plastic American flag sits in a pool of oil as people walk across the beach

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Oily Independence Day

A plastic American flag sits in a pool of oil as people walk across the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala., on July 4.

Independence day is usually a busy time for the Gulf Coast but the threat of oil on the beaches due to the Gulf oil spill and rough waters caused by what is left from Hurricane Alex have kept tourists away.