Czechs present bicycle that can fly

PRAGUE (AP) — Is it a bike? Is it a plane? Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off Wednesday inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed…

Stock indexes open higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is getting off to a strong start after two days of losses. Markets have become more volatile in the past two weeks as global central banks prepare to ease back on…

Group wants to knit cover for Pa. Warhol bridge

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andy Warhol’s art doesn’t often conjure warm and fuzzy images — but a proposed tribute to him just might. An arts group wants to cover a downtown Pittsburgh bridge named for Warhol with knitted blankets.…

Pa. prison guard to trial in armed police standoff

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania state prison guard has waived charges stemming from an armed standoff that state police say grew out of an argument wi……

Group wants to cover Warhol Bridge with knitting

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andy Warhol’s art doesn’t often conjure warm and fuzzy images — but this tribute to the iconic pop artist just might. A Pittsburgh-area……

Soap opera actress Maxine Stuart dies at 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Longtime soap opera actress Maxine Stuart has died at age 94. She had regular roles on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Edge of Night.” Her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, tells the Los…

Falling tree kills smokejumper in N. Calif. forest

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says a smokejumper has been killed while fighting one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires in northeast California. Luke Sheehy, of Susanville, was fatally injured by part of a falling tree…

Feds: Pittsburgh man got $304K meant for dead mom

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has charged a man with collecting more than $304,000 worth of Social Security benefits meant for his mother — who di……

South Africa disciplines 93 soldiers on UN mission

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African’s defense minister says 93 of its soldiers are being disciplined for offenses committed during a United Nations mission in Congo and four of them already have been discharged for sexual misconduct. Minister Nosiviwe…

Pittsburgh council wants fed funds for marathon

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh officials promised beefed up security for last month’s Pittsburgh Marathon, even though they couldn’t say at the time how……

AP Interview: Bleak outlook for West Bank economy

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian official who this week took charge of the West Bank economic policy acknowledges that he has no radical new solutions for old problems, including a crippling budget deficit and Israeli restrictions…

UK to start regulating e-cigarettes as medicines

LONDON (AP) — Britain will start regulating electronic cigarettes and other products containing nicotine as medicines, according to the country’s top regulator. In a statement on Wednesday, the Medicines and Health Regulatory Agency said it would treat e-cigarettes…

Pa. bear shot with dart, but still wandering

ASPINWALL, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has shot a wandering bear with a tranquilizer dart, but it ran across a busy highway and darted into the woods nea……

Pa. plant awarded $4B Army helicopter contract

RIDLEY PARK, Pa. (AP) — A Boeing plant in suburban Philadelphia has been awarded a new five-year, $4 billion contract to make Chinook helicopters for the Army. The comp……

Oil price down slightly on lower demand forecast

The price of oil was down slightly but remained above $95 a barrel Wednesday as experts said global demand for crude would be slightly lower than previously expected. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for July delivery…

Thousands of anti-Putin protesters march in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian opposition activists marched through Moscow on Wednesday, decrying President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian rule and calling for the release of more than two dozen people they consider political prisoners. The march on Russia…

Cooper CEO says buyer committed to US operations

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — India’s Apollo Tyres Ltd. is buying Ohio’s Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for about $2.22 billion. Apollo says the combined company will be one of the world’s largest tire makers, with a strong presence…