- America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades Updated: Jul-05-15 2:46 am
Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation:
- Anderson gets no help from bats, Indians lose 1-0 to Pirates Updated: Jul-04-15 9:53 pm
PITTSBURGH - Cleveland Indians rookie Cody Anderson has a simple explanation for such a successful start to his major league career.
- Locke down: Pirates edge Indians 1-0 behind Jeff Locke Updated: Jul-04-15 8:06 pm
PITTSBURGH - A lack of efficiency with his pitches was the reason Jeff Locke failed to get past the fifth inning in his previous two starts despite giving up a combined three runs.
- Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration Updated: Jul-04-15 6:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.
- Union denounces release of officer names in police shootings Updated: Jul-04-15 4:49 pm
PHILADELPHIA - The union representing Philadelphia police officers is challenging the department's decision to make public the names of officers in police-involved shootings.
- Handyman arrested in slaying of elderly Philadelphia woman Updated: Jul-04-15 4:38 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A neighborhood handyman was arrested Saturday in the death of an elderly woman found beaten and stabbed in the bedroom of her northwest Philadelphia home.
- Man pleads in 2014 shooting, to testify against 2 others Updated: Jul-04-15 2:25 pm
LEBANON, Pennsylvania - A central Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in a shooting that left one man dead and another critically wounded.
- Gunfire critically injures several men early on July 4 Updated: Jul-04-15 1:55 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Police say gunfire around the city of Philadelphia early on Independence Day sent several people to hospitals in critical condition.
- Expectation of veto aided GOP's legislative wins, some say Updated: Jul-04-15 1:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania's state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit in the state's public employee retirement systems and privatizing its government-controlled wine and liquor store system.
- Man slated for trial in violent robbery of elderly woman Updated: Jul-04-15 10:34 am
PITTSBURGH - A western Pennsylvania man goes on trial Monday on charges in a violent home invasion robbery last fall that sent a 91-year-old woman to the hospital.
- Pittsburgh police probe slaying, shots fired 5 hours later Updated: Jul-04-15 10:13 am
PITTSBURGH - Police in western Pennsylvania are investigating a shooting death in Pittsburgh overnight - and trying to find out whether shots fired in the same area five hours later were related.
- McCutchen hits 2-run homer in Pirates' 5-2 loss to Indians Updated: Jul-04-15 2:42 am
PITTSBURGH - The Pirates trailed by one run when rain stopped play for more than two hours in the bottom of the seventh inning. After play resumed, Cleveland added to its lead in the top of the eighth and snapped Pittsburgh's three-game win streak.
- Horse rescued from sinkhole on western Pennsylvania farm Updated: Jul-03-15 6:07 pm
SCENERY HILL, Pennsylvania - Authorities say emergency responders used a hoist to rescue a retired racehorse from a sinkhole on a western Pennsylvania farm.
- In death, Nebraska girl helps Pennsylvania boys live on Updated: Jul-03-15 4:55 pm
PITTSBURGH - A Nebraska girl who died of brain cancer Tuesday at age 3 helped save the lives of two Pennsylvania children through organ donation.
- Three Rivers Regatta nixes boat events due to swollen rivers Updated: Jul-03-15 3:38 pm
PITTSBURGH - Too much water will mean no boats - of any kind - at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta.
- FBI questions Allentown mayor, seizes contract documents Updated: Jul-03-15 3:30 pm
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania - Federal agents seized documents from Allentown's City Hall and questioned its mayor and a top manager in a grand jury investigation that appears to be related to the city's contracting process, local officials said Friday.
- Pennsylvania family to bury Korean War soldier recently ID'd Updated: Jul-03-15 3:00 pm
APOLLO, Pennsylvania - The relatives of a western Pennsylvania soldier who was wounded and taken captive during the Korean War will bury his remains at Arlington National Cemetery now that government scientists have identified them.
- Fireworks displays costly, but communities feel obligated Updated: Jul-03-15 2:56 pm
PITTSBURGH - Butler residents nearly went berserk this year when Mayor Tom Donaldson said the city could not afford an annual Independence Day fireworks display.
- 140 pairs of underwear stolen from store hit by 4 bra heists Updated: Jul-03-15 1:19 pm
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania - First they took the bras. Now they've come back for the panties.
- 85 percent want Pittsburgh's sister bridges to remain yellow Updated: Jul-03-15 11:38 am
PITTSBURGH - An online poll that drew more than 12,000 votes shows nearly 85 percent of Pittsburghers don't want the city's three "sister bridges" across the Allegheny River to be painted a different color when they're rehabbed.
- Police: Man shoots woman, turns gun on himself at pub Updated: Jul-03-15 11:26 am
DILLSBURG, Pennsylvania - Authorities have released the identities of a man and woman killed in a murder-suicide on the deck of a central Pennsylvania pub.
- Pennsylvania lawmakers consider changes to open-records law Updated: Jul-03-15 11:25 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A 2009 law that made wholesale changes to Pennsylvania's open records law has been praised for expanding the universe of government records available to the public and improving the process by which people can obtain records.
- Construction crane topples onto Pitt campus science building Updated: Jul-03-15 11:23 am
PITTSBURGH - Construction crews were working to straighten a truck-mounted crane which toppled sideways and came to rest against a science building on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
- Queen City crew: Sending All-Stars young and old to Cincy Updated: Jul-03-15 11:22 am
NEW YORK - Anyone still ranting about the online election that put five Kansas City Royals in position to start the All-Star Game, the following is for you.
- More trash overbilling charges filed against hauler, wife Updated: Jul-03-15 11:08 am
PLEASANT GAP, Pennsylvania - More charges have been filed against the owner of a central Pennsylvania trash hauling company, and now his wife, for allegedly overbilling customers by dumping garbage in a neighboring county where landfills are cheaper.