4 firefighters killed in Houston motel fire

HOUSTON (AP) — A five-alarm fire at a Houston motel has injured at least four firefighters. The Houston Fire Department released a statement saying four firefighters have been taken to hospitals, though details about their injuries weren’t provided.…

US VP Biden says Brazil-US relations enter new era

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says a new era in Brazil-United States relations should begin in 2013 with stronger trade ties and closer cooperation in education and science. Biden made his remarks Friday after…

The Roots live large in new Philadelphia mural

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The house band for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is living large in its hometown of Philadelphia. Members of The Roots a……

The Roots live large in new Philadelphia mural

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The house band for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is living large in its hometown of Philadelphia. Members of The Roots are now depicted on a multistory mural on the back wall of a…

Explosion reported at Pa. fragrance factory

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two people are hurt after an explosion at a fragrance company in eastern Pennsylvania. Dispatchers say it happened at the Ungerer an……

World Series of Poker opens in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The world’s richest series of card tournaments are beginning in Las Vegas amid the return of the websites that helped make them what they are today — a destination for everyone from the wealthiest…

McCain: Syrian rebels need heavy weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says Syrian rebels battling the forces of President Bashar Assad need ammunition and heavy weapons to counter the regime’s tanks and aircraft. McCain spoke Friday, the day after he returned from an…

High winds force diversion of 17 Denver flights

DENVER (AP) — High winds sweeping across Colorado’s Front Range forced the diversion of 17 flights scheduled to land at the Denver International Airport. DIA spokeswoman Laura Coale says 11 flights were diverted to Colorado Springs Airport, five…

GMC TV changes name to UP to reflect programming

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First it was Gospel Music Channel, then it became GMC when it expanded beyond music programming. Now the cable channel said it’s changing its name again, but not its identity. Beginning Saturday, the 8-year-old…

Company You Keep: May 2013

There’s a whole lot of hugging, dancing and graduating going on in this month’s Company You Keep.

No verdict in case of fired pregnant Ohio teacher

CINCINNATI (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in a teacher’s lawsuit alleging the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati violated anti-discrimination laws when it fired her after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination. An attorney for Christa Dias (DEYE’-us)…

Fla. pig using wheelchair becomes an inspiration

SUMTERVILLE, Fla. (AP) — In many circumstances, a piglet without the use of its hind legs would be put down. But Chris P. Bacon’s unusual condition has made him an international star and an inspiration to those with…

White House: Asteroid ‘poses no threat’ to Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Have no fear: The White House says an asteroid more than 1 1/2 miles long poses no threat to planet Earth. The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 was making its closest approach to Earth…

Pakistan may be next in line for an IMF bailout

ISLAMABAD (AP) — With foreign reserves diminishing fast, Pakistan is on the brink of an economic crisis that may force its new government to ask for an unpopular bailout from the International Monetary Fund requiring a sweeping overhaul…

Glitches in new NYC 911 system

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City 911 operators were forced to use pen and paper to communicate emergencies to dispatchers this week. That’s because a piece of the new system for the nation’s largest 911 hub stalled.…

Arizona fire officials: Planes collide; 4 dead

PHOENIX (AP) — Two small planes collided and then crashed in the desert north of Phoenix on Friday, killing three people and injuring two, authorities said. The collision and crash involved two single-engine planes, said Capt. Dave Wilson…

Capone letter, medical notes up for auction in NH

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Al Capone was a ruthless Chicago gangster best known for his 1929 “Valentine’s Day Massacre” of seven members of rival bootlegger Bugs Moran’s gang. But few know of his tortured demise — not at…
Mercer County

PennDOT to Replace Bridges

PennDOT announced Friday two bridge replacement projects in Mercer County set to begin this summer.…

Judge, like jury, sides with Trump

CHICAGO (AP) — Tally another big win for Donald Trump in his legal battle with an 87-year-old who claimed the “Apprentice” star cheated her in a skyscraper-condo deal. A federal judge in Chicago sided with Trump in a…

Ex-general wants post-2014 troop levels announced

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan called on the White House Friday to announce how many troops it intends to leave in that country after 2014. Retired Gen. John Allen said Afghans need certainty…