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  • Cosart struggles, Marlins lose 7-2 to Cubs

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins were rolling along right until Jarred Cosart stepped on the mound. He didn’t stay long. Cosart got knocked out in the second inning after giving up two homers to…

  • Parades, hot dogs, cold beer: America celebrates July 4

    Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday. Here were some highlights of Independence Day celebrations:…

  • Barry Manilow headliens ‘Capitol Fourth’ concert in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Manilow sang a medley of “Let Freedom Ring” to lead off a booming fireworks display on the National Mall. Manilow’s performance put the nation’s capital in a patriotic mood, opening the…

  • Music, cultural celebrations mark July 4th festivities in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony played the “1812 Overture” as cannons roared amid a fireworks display on the National Mall. As the fireworks boomed to a finale on the National Mall, Terri Allen of…

  • Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party

    NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple’s annual Fourth of July party. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presided over Saturday’s nuptials at Joel’s Long Island…

  • Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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.” Benedict’s…

  • America ushers in July 4

    UNDATED (AP) — From coast to coast, Americans are celebrating the country’s independence with family gatherings, fireworks, parades and food. Philadelphia started its celebration a little early with the Liberty Block Party on Friday near…

  • Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend

    As the nation gears up to celebrate America’s birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country: ___ NATHAN’S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST Competitive eaters have weighed in and are ready for…

  • Tuning up for American Pharoah’s next race in the Haskell

    The race, date and place are set for American Pharoah’s next start: the Haskell Invitational, Aug. 2, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. Perhaps the coolest part of Thursday’s announcement involves Bruce Springsteen possibly performing…

  • Dr. Dre announces new radio show on Apple Music service

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Dre will be busting through your speakers with a new radio show on Apple Music. On Friday, the 50-year-old rap mogul announced a new radio show called “The Pharmacy,” which…

  • Frankie Beverly and Maze returns to Essence Festival

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For 15 years, thousands of fans dressed all in white entered the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Festival anticipating the soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who…

  • ‘Redneck Riviera’ no more, south Walton now draws celebs

    GRAYTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Once a part of the “Redneck Riviera,” the south Walton County strip along state road 30A has traded its jean shorts for designer labels, though pickup trucks remain in style.…

  • Denver campaign would allow marijuana use in bars

    DENVER (AP) — Beer? Wine? Or weed? A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational…

  • Frankie Beverly and Maze returns to Essence Festival

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For 15 years, thousands of fans dressed all in white entered the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Festival anticipating the soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who…

  • Thousands truckin’ to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band’s prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography…