Allegheny County seeks gas drilling bids

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Allegheny County officials say they plan to request bids for natural gas drilling under a public park. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says Tuesda……

Allegheny County seeks gas drilling bids

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Allegheny County officials say they plan to request bids for natural gas drilling under a public park. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says Tuesda……

Oklahoma executes inmate for couple’s 2000 deaths

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma executed a 36-year-old man on Tuesday for the October 2000 stabbing deaths of a couple on whose ranch he had worked. James Lewis DeRosa was killed by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State…

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj to perform at BET Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will take the stage at the BET Awards. BET announced Tuesday that India.Arie and Ciara will join the former “American Idol” judges as performers at the June 30 awards…

Maine governor says he won’t talk to 3 newspapers

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A spokeswoman for Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the administration will no longer comment for stories published in three of Maine’s daily newspapers. Adrienne Bennett told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/17Wn2Of ) on Tuesday…

AP sources: 4 US troops killed in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense officials say four U.S. troops were killed Tuesday at or near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Officials say the four were killed by indirect fire, likely a mortar or rocket, but they had no…

Lil Wayne: I’m not stepping on US flag in video

NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Wayne says he wasn’t intentionally stepping on the American flag when shooting his latest video. Video of the rapper from his music video shoot for the song “God Bless Amerika” hit the Web…

18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda

NEW YORK (AP) — The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks. In a letter to congressional…

New leader for operator of NY thoroughbred tracks

NEW YORK (AP) — The directors of the New York Racing Association have chosen a lawyer without a background in horse racing as the organization’s new president and CEO. The choice of 60-year-old Christopher Kay comes a year…

Pa. Senate OKs bill to expand DNA tests in crimes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill to require DNA testing of suspects accused of certain crimes in Pennsylvania is headed to the state House of Representatives for the secon……

Couple guilty in murder of mother of 2-month-old

PLANADA, Calif. (AP) — A California couple is facing prison time after juries convicted them of luring an acquaintance to their home and strangling her to kidnap her 2-month-old boy. The Merced Sun-Star reports (http://bit.ly/ZZfjd6 ) that two…

Suburban NY woman indicted on pot-growing charges

A woman from the ritzy New York City suburb of Scarsdale who is accused of raising thousands of marijuana plants was compared Tuesday to Colombian cocaine lords. Andrea Sanderlin, 45, was indicted Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn…

Officials: Unattended campfire caused Calif. fire

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials in California say an unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people. More…

Man pleads guilty to smuggling snakes on planes

TYLER, Texas (AP) — Samuel L. Jackson would have been cursing up a storm. An East Texas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes on several planes from South America to the United States. During a court hearing…

Rural lawmakers push for farm bill votes in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm-state lawmakers are scrambling to win bipartisan support for a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill on the House floor this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion a year from food stamps while raising subsidies for…

Philly man finds sinkhole filled with green ooze

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man discovered a sinkhole in the street and saw something unexpected inside — a pool of greenish ooze. Twenty-year-old Steven Reit……

Catholic religious order opens abuse files

NEW YORK (AP) — A Roman Catholic religious order released an unusually candid report Tuesday outlining how its leaders failed for decades to stop sex abuse in its schools and other ministries. The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St.…

Brazil protesters clash with police in Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO (AP) — Protesters surrounding the city hall of Brazil’s biggest city have clashed with police when a small group of demonstrators tried to force their way into the building. GloboNews television network showed images of protesters…

Hoffa mystery still fascinates after 4 decades

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The latest possible resting place of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is an overgrown farm field where the normal calm of chirping crickets is being drowned out by a beeping backhoe, the chop of…