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America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades

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:

Jul 4
Mauro Diaz leads FC Dallas over Revolution 3-0

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Mauro Diaz had an early goal and a late assist, helping FC Dallas beat the New England Revolution 3-0 on Saturday night.

Jul 4
Teen dies from injuries a week after BB gun shooting

BILLERICA, Mass. (AP) - Police say a northeastern Massachusetts teenager has died from his injuries a week after he was critically wounded in an accidental shooting involving BB guns and a pellet gun.

Jul 4
Upstairs neighbors questioned after woman fatally shot

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a Massachusetts woman was shot dead in her apartment and three people who were in the apartment above hers have been questioned.

Jul 4
Pain in the neck: Astros lose 6-1 to Red Sox, streak snapped

BOSTON (AP) - Pablo Sandoval made a running catch of a foul pop and began tumbling over the railing into the Houston dugout when pitcher Vincent Velasquez reached out to help brace his fall.

Jul 4
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:

Jul 4
Buchholz tosses complete game, Red Sox beat Astros 6-1

BOSTON (AP) - Clay Buchholz knew he had it going right away.

Jul 4
No injuries as woman hits cars, house trying avoid parade

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) - Police say a woman hit two cars and a house while trying to turn around and avoid the Fourth of July parade in East Longmeadow.

Jul 3
Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers

BOSTON (AP) - New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet.

Jul 3
Boyd hit hard, Jays lose 12-6 to Red Sox

TORONTO (AP) - Matt Boyd turned in an outing for the record books.

Jul 2
Red Sox use 8-run first to beat Jays 12-6

TORONTO (AP) - Wade Miley warmed up in the bullpen, then he waited nearly half an hour to take the mound for the bottom of the first inning.

Jul 2
Wife decries police shooting of man, says he had no real gun

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire.

Jul 2
Wife of Massachusetts man killed by police decries shooting

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - The wife of a Massachusetts man killed by police says she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors say the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers.

Jul 2
4 players fined by MLS for infractions

NEW YORK (AP) - Toronto FC's Damien Perquis, Columbus Crew's Federico Higuain, New England's Kelyn Rowe and Real Salt Lake's Demar Phillips have been fined by MLS for infractions.

Jul 2
Jays starter Boyd leaves without recording an out

TORONTO (AP) - Blue Jays starter Matt Boyd didn't record an out in his second big league start Thursday, leaving after the first seven Red Sox batters reached safely in the first inning.

Jul 2
Marine killed in World War II is buried in Massachusetts

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Marine killed in World War II in the Pacific battle of Tarawa has been buried in his Massachusetts hometown.

Jul 2
Teen charged with killing teacher loses bid to move trial

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A judge has rejected a request to move the trial of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher.

Jul 2
MA Lottery

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) - These Massachusetts lotteries were drawn Saturday:

Jul 2
Red Sox activate catcher Ryan Hanigan

TORONTO (AP) - Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan has been activated off the 60-day disabled list and is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays.