Treasury secretary working on penmanship

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s loopy signature is showing signs of improvement as he gets ready to affix his “Jacob Lew” to the nation’s currency. President Barack Obama joked in January when he nominated Lew for…

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2013. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had…

2 of 3 Rodin sculptures fetch $16M in NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) — Two early casts from Auguste Rodin’s masterpiece “The Gates of Hell” have sold for a total of more than $16 million at a New York City auction. “The Thinker” sold Tuesday for $15.3 million,…
Springfield Local Bond Issue

Springfield Bond Issue Passes

Voters rejected a similar levy in November, but this time the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission is going to pay 48 percent of a $12.3 million project, with taxpayers being asked to foot the remaining 52 percent. …
Jim Graham

Graham Unseats Dean

Voters in Warren have chosen Jim Graham over Bob Dean as the Democratic hopeful in the race for Warren Council President.…

Despite scandal, Ex-SC Gov. Sanford back in office

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four years after scandal derailed his political career, ex-Republican Gov. Mark Sanford once again holds a South Carolina political office, winning back his old congressional seat Tuesday after a race in which he battled…
anti-fracking amendment

Voters Defeat Fracking Ban

Voters in Youngstown rejected in Tuesday's primary an amendment to the city's charter that would have restored local control over oil and gas drilling. …
Trumbull School Levies

Trumbull Voters Back Schools

Several school districts in Trumbull County are celebrating after voters approved six of nine issues put before voters in Tuesday’s primary election.…

President Assad says Syria able to face Israel

BEIRUT (AP) — In his first response to Israel’s weekend airstrikes, President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that Syria is capable of facing Israel, but stopped short of threatening retaliation for the strikes near the Syrian capital of Damascus.…
John McNally

McNally Wins Dem Nod

McNally squeaked out a victory in Tuesday's primary, defeating Youngstown City Council President Jamael Tito Brown by 150 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections.…
William Decatur

YSU Meets Next Pres. Hopeful

Youngstown State University Board of Trustees welcomed its third and final presidential candidate to town Tuesday. …
YSU women's golf coach retires

YSU Golf Coach Retires

Roseann Schwartz was the first women's golf coach at Youngstown State University, starting her career in 1996. …

Dodgers’ Kemp makes cancer-stricken fan’s day

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp became an Internet sensation after an impromptu gesture he made toward a cancer-stricken Dodgers fan attending a game at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The Dodgers’ Gold Glove center fielder was informed of…
Eagle Scout merit badges

Scout Earns 134 Merit Badges

In all, Robert McKay earned 134 merit badges, a feat he said has been accomplished by less than 200 Boy Scouts. …

LAPD: 3 parties to split $1 million Dorner reward

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three parties will split the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, with most of it going to a couple tied up by the rogue ex-cop before his final shootout with…

Netanyahu: Jewish people capable of own defense

SHANGHAI (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a Shanghai neighborhood where European Jews found refuge during World War II, saying Israel’s strong military would ensure they would never again have to seek such protection from others.…

Biden: Susan Rice has Obama’s absolute confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is praising U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and her authoritative role in the Obama administration. Biden says Rice has, in his words, “the absolute, total, complete confidence of the president.” He says…

BLM postpones oil, gas lease auctions in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal land managers have postponed all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October, citing budget problems and low staffing as well as the toll of environmental litigation. The U.S. Bureau of Land…

NY officials vow attack on predatory debt-fixing

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities announced a crackdown Tuesday on predatory businesses that cheat “desperate and vulnerable” people harmed by the 2008 financial crisis with phony promises to consolidate their debt. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a…

In Ohio neighborhood, suspect was familiar figure

CLEVELAND (AP) — In the tight-knit neighborhood near downtown where many conversations are spoken in Spanish, it seems most everyone knew Ariel Castro. He played bass guitar in salsa and merengue bands. He parked his school bus on…