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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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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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Oh, say can you see … a giant American flag made from LEGOs?

It’s the largest of its kind, constructed from over 100,000 LEGO bricks.

Earlier this week in Washington, D.C., children and their families lined up to help build the flag at the National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian Institution, which includes the museum, and LEGO partnered to set a record ahead of Independence Day.

The thousands of bricks were stacked together to build the giant stars and stripes. The father-son team of Dan and Chris Steininger, who are LEGO “master builders,” designed the flag back at LEGO headquarters.

“This is massive but it’s a pretty simple pattern to follow,” Dan Steininger said. They brought their plan to life with the help of kids who put together bricks that were used for the final product.

A total of six master builder teams travel around the world to put together projects for LEGO. Dan and Chris are the only father-son duo. Dan said he began to build LEGO projects when he would bring home LEGOs for his son for the holidays. He has a background in sculpting and said he realized “what a sweet medium LEGOs are.” This hobby morphed into a 26-year career that he now shares with his son.

The record-breaking flag project was also meant to highlight the opening of the museum’s new innovation wing, a 45,000-square-foot interactive learning space. The wing features exhibitions on the history of American business, “hot spots” of invention and the National Numismatics Collection — a showcase of coins and currency.

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Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — DeAndre Jordan is leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report by ESPN.

Jordan and the Mavericks agreed to a four-year maximum contract worth more than $80 million that includes a player option after the third season to allow the center to return to free agency in July 2018, ESPN reports.

Jordan also met with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, but his decision had been expected to come down to the Mavs and Clippers.

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alexeys/iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) — More troops are being sent to Turkey’s border with Syria.

Turkish officials are sending more troops along Turkey’s border with Syria as fighting increases in the area.

Reports are also stating that Turkish leaders may be getting ready to invade the country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has so far tried to play down ideas of an invasion into Syria, but he reportedly may want to create a “buffer zone” along the border extending several miles.

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alexeys/iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) — More troops are being sent to Turkey’s border with Syria.

Turkish officials are sending more troops along Turkey’s border with Syria as fighting increases in the area.

Reports are also stating that Turkish leaders may be getting ready to invade the country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has so far tried to play down ideas of an invasion into Syria, but he reportedly may want to create a “buffer zone” along the border extending several miles.

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Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — DeAndre Jordan is leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report by ESPN.

Jordan and the Mavericks agreed to a four-year maximum contract worth more than $80 million that includes a player option after the third season to allow the center to return to free agency in July 2018, ESPN reports.

Jordan also met with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, but his decision had been expected to come down to the Mavs and Clippers.

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A sign on the inside of a Baltimore’s police van. (Obtained by ABC News)(BALTIMORE) — A sign inside a Baltimore police van that says “Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!” has sparked criticism in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray — and the department has launched an internal investigation, according to officials.

The department was put in the national spotlight after six officers were charged in the death of Gray, who was fatally injured in police custody in April. An autopsy report leaked to the Baltimore Sun said that Gray died of a high-impact injury as a result of not being secured properly during transport.

“This sign is yet more proof that the Baltimore City Police Department is in need of serious investigation, oversight and reform,” Gray’s family layer, William “Billy” Murphy, Jr. told ABC News in a statement Friday. “While we wait on the Department of Justice to do this very thing, our response as a united community should be patience and calm.”

The sign’s authenticity has been confirmed by the city’s police, which told ABC News in a statement that the department has launched an internal investigation.

“The nature and the posting of wording in one of our transport vehicles is both concerning and unacceptable,” Baltimore Police Department Ret. Rashawn Strong said. “We have recently become aware of the wording and have begun an internal investigation to determine all the circumstances surrounding its placement and to identify the person or persons responsible for its posting. This is an incident that is being taken very seriously.”

The photographer, who lives in Baltimore, told ABC News they wished to remain anonymous.

The “story is about the photo’s message and not me,” the photographer said.

The State’s Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the sign.

The DOJ has launched a federal civil rights probe of the Baltimore Police Department. The results of the probe were not clear.

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rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — JetBlue is taking advantage of the thawing tensions between the U.S. and Cuba.

In a press release out Friday, JetBlue announced they had operated their first charter flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.

The flights make JetBlue the first major airline to operate between the U.S. and Cuba since travel restrictions started easing months ago.

“As interest in Cuban markets grows, JetBlue is positioning itself as a leading carrier to the island nation by operating more convenient flight options than ever,” said Scott Laurence, senior vice president airline planning at JetBlue, in the release.

In May, JetBlue announced they would be offering the charter service shortly after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, JetBlue Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes, and other New York business leaders went on a trade mission trip to Cuba to discuss connecting New York businesses with Cuba.

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ABC News(HANOVER, N.H.) — Hillary Clinton did not take any questions from the media following her campaign event Friday afternoon at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, however during an ice cream stop following the event she did respond to a reporter’s question about Bernie Sanders’ massive crowds.

“We each run our own campaigns and I always knew this was going to be competitive,” Clinton said when asked what she thinks the size of Sanders’ events say about him, and why she has not been drawing as many people.

“I want to have a great debate in the primary and caucus around the country and that is what I am looking forward to,” she continued.

Clinton’s campaign said she had a turnout of roughly 850 people at her organizing rally Friday afternoon at Dartmouth College – a measly number, perhaps, compared to the crowds Bernie Sanders has attracted this week.

However, her campaign told ABC News the event was moved to a larger venue at the last minute due to an “increased local interest in attending.”

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