- America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades Updated: Jul-05-15 1:20 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:
- Preservation group: Miami's Little Havana endangered Updated: Jul-05-15 12:43 am
MIAMI - Little Havana, perhaps Miami's most storied neighborhood, is under threat. So much so, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, that it's put Little Havana on its annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
- Cosart struggles, Marlins lose 7-2 to Cubs Updated: Jul-05-15 12:23 am
CHICAGO - The Miami Marlins were rolling along right until Jarred Cosart stepped on the mound.
- Bryant's grand slam, 2 homers lead Cubs over Marlins 7-2 Updated: Jul-04-15 11:59 pm
CHICAGO - Kris Bryant wasn't looking to go deep when he came up in the second inning Saturday night.
- Barry Manilow headliens 'Capitol Fourth' concert in DC Updated: Jul-04-15 11:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Barry Manilow sang a medley of "Let Freedom Ring" to lead off a booming fireworks display on the National Mall.
- Music, cultural celebrations mark July 4th festivities in DC Updated: Jul-04-15 10:55 pm
WASHINGTON - The National Symphony played the "1812 Overture" as cannons roared amid a fireworks display on the National Mall.
- Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party Updated: Jul-04-15 10:49 pm
NEW YORK - Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party.
- NBC returns to NASCAR coverage with Sunday race at Daytona Updated: Jul-04-15 6:36 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - For 29 years, the summer race at Daytona International Speedway was a part of the nation's birthday.
- Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92 Updated: Jul-04-15 6:31 pm
LOS ANGELES - Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.
- GB Packers tight end Quarless charged with firing a gun Updated: Jul-04-15 5:24 pm
MIAMI BEACH, Florida - Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested Saturday after police said he allegedly fired two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage, authorities said.
- Choctaw Indian Fair beings four-day run Tuesday Updated: Jul-04-15 4:49 pm
PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi - The 66th annual Choctaw Indian Fair kicks off its four-day run Tuesday with celebrations of the Tribe's heritage and culture.
- Panama too drops out of Trump's Miss Universe pageant Updated: Jul-04-15 2:55 pm
PANAMA CITY - Panama is joining several other Latin American nations in dropping out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump's comments about immigrants.
- Late TV broadcaster Byrnes honored with Squier-Hall Award Updated: Jul-04-15 2:42 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - Late television broadcaster Steve Byrnes has won the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence.
- Owners of former Vick dogfighting house clash with county Updated: Jul-04-15 2:06 pm
SMITHFIELD, Virginia - The black two-story shed still stands out back at 1915 Moonlight Road - a haunting reminder of the brutal dog fights that took place upstairs when NFL quarterback Michael Vick owned the place.
- Helen poet, 94, has new edition of poetry collection printed Updated: Jul-04-15 1:18 pm
HELEN, Georgia - It was Mildred White's first trip to the principal's office. Mrs. McDonald had called the fourth-grader's mother to tell her that Mildred had turned in a poetry assignment that she simply could not have written. The poem about tulips, her first-ever poem, was too good, too rhythmic and structured.
- Photographer Clyde Butcher finds freedom with digital camera Updated: Jul-04-15 11:56 am
MIAMI - Clyde Butcher's black-and-white landscape photography is known for evoking a feeling that America's vistas are timeless even as development encroaches.
- Mardi Gras business lasts all 12 months at Jefferson Variety Updated: Jul-04-15 11:04 am
JEFFERSON, Louisiana - All year long, Jill Schneider works to create the most coveted specialty throw of the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras parade, the decorative shoe. A member of the all-female krewe for 6 years, Schneider has transformed a workroom attached to her New Orleans home into a gallery of glitter, a studio of sequins, an art house of appliques and a sparkly shrine for her embellished high heel shoes.
- 'Do it in DoMo': Downtown Monroe on a comeback Updated: Jul-04-15 11:02 am
MONROE, Louisiana - If you love a comeback story, then downtown Monroe is for you.
- Des Moines Metro Opera deals with animal surprises on stage Updated: Jul-04-15 10:40 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - When Romeo pooped during his first rehearsal with the Des Moines Metro Opera, it was unclear who should clean it up.
- Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music Updated: Jul-04-15 10:04 am
VATICAN CITY - Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's presence."
- Tasty artwork center stage at Parkersburg 'Yum!' exhibit Updated: Jul-04-15 10:04 am
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - Many local artists took a creative culinary journey with their representations of food in the Parkersburg Art Center's Regional Exhibition and Competition.
- Boston Pops concert and fireworks expected to draw thousands Updated: Jul-04-15 9:44 am
BOSTON - Thousands of revelers will descend on Boston for the annual Boston Pops Orchestra concert and fireworks display.
- EXCHANGE: Freeport historian pens mystery novel Updated: Jul-04-15 9:41 am
FREEPORT, Illinois - Freeport School Board member Edward Finch has published a novel about a female attorney who lives and practices law in Freeport - complete with references to actual businesses and historical sites.
- Nigerian women's choir members recall horrors of attacks Updated: Jul-04-15 9:04 am
BOONSBORO, Maryland - Rosemary Ganama finds it hard to talk about the day her father's house was burned to the ground by Boko Haram fighters and her elderly mother was forced to flee to the mountains in the Chibok region of Nigeria, where she hid for almost a week with no food and little water.
- Got an idea for a TV sitcom? Contest might be for you Updated: Jul-04-15 5:04 am
MINNEAPOLIS - A television comedy veteran who lives in Minnesota is giving aspiring writers a chance to break into the business.