UN names 3 members to human rights probe in NKorea

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body has appointed three experts from Australia, Serbia and Indonesia to carry out an inquiry into North Korea for possible crimes against humanity. The 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council said…

Saudi journalist claims he is banned from writing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi journalist says he has been banned from writing in a Saudi newspaper after criticizing the Interior Ministry. Ali al-Elayan wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday that Al-Watan daily has stopped him…
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Polls are Open

Tuesday is primary election day in Ohio and several local school districts are hoping to pass levies and bond issues.…

Israel groups say PM halts new settlement building

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two prominent Israeli groups say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stopped approving new construction in West Bank settlements in what could be an attempt to restart peace talks with the Palestinians. Anti-settlement group Peace Now,…

NJ governor had secret weight loss surgery

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent gastric band surgery in February to try to lose weight at the urging of his family. The father of four agreed to the surgery, in which a tube was…

Bank of China cuts off North Korea trade bank

BEIJING (AP) — A major Chinese bank, the Bank of China, is cutting off business with a North Korean bank accused by the U.S. of assisting Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs. A spokeswoman for the Beijing-based Bank of…
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Barletto Out Of Hospital

Kylee Barletto will remain in the Mahoning County Jail until she can be extradited to Pennsylvania to face manslaughter and assault charges in the death of officer Jerry McCarthy. …

Bill would assist returning Ohio veterans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposed Ohio legislation would make it easier for military veterans who have returned home after deployments to get professional licenses and……

Turkey criticizes Israeli airstrikes on Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister has denounced Israeli airstrikes on Syria, saying the attacks help strengthen Syrian President Bashar Assad’s hand. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday also criticized Iran for “turning a blind eye” to massacres…

Disbursement of donations to Newtown postponed

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The foundation overseeing more than $11 million donated to Newtown, Conn., following the December massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has postponed hearings on the disbursement of that money. The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community…

Egypt appoints 9 ministers in limited reshuffle

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state-run news agency says Prime Minister Hesham Kandil named nine new ministers in the second cabinet reshuffle since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi assumed his post in August last year. MENA reported the shuffle on…

President Assad says Syria able to face Israel

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A spokesman for a Palestinian militant group in Syria says it has received a nod from President Bashar Assad’s regime to attack Israel following the back-to-back Israeli airstrikes over the weekend. Anwar Raja of…

‘Mammas’ is study in maternal instinct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Isabella Rossellini’s search for the meaning of maternal instinct in “Mammas” looks at nine animals where things like polygamy, lying and dying convince her that “anything goes.” The program timed to air Mother’s Day…

Transcript of long-missing woman’s 911 call

A transcript of the 911 call placed Monday by a woman missing since 2003, when she was 16. (unintelligible) Caller: Help me. I’m Amanda Berry. Dispatcher: You need police, fire, ambulance? Caller: I need police. Dispatcher: OK, and…

Frantic 911 call leads to 3 missing women in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — The voice of the long-missing woman was frantic and breathless, choking back tears. “Help me. I’m Amanda Berry,” she told a 911 dispatcher. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m,…

Pa. proposes gas drilling health advisory panel

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A leading Pennsylvania politician wants to create an advisory panel to look at possible health issues related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilli……

Ex-Pa. Justice Melvin gets house arrest, probation

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been sentenced to three years of house arrest followed by two years of probation for i……

Int’l donors pledge $300 million-plus for Somalia

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is welcoming Somalia’s president and a host of international leaders to London for a conference aimed at securing support for the government in Mogadishu after two decades of conflict. Somalia…

Bangladesh garment disaster death toll reaches 705

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Hundreds of survivors of last month’s collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh protested for compensation Tuesday, as the death toll from the country’s worst-ever industrial disaster passed 700. The police control…

Bulgarian honor bid in DC stirs Holocaust debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A request to name a Washington, D.C., intersection after a Bulgarian politician credited with helping save the country’s Jewish population during World War II has hit an unexpected bump. The request by the Bulgarian Embassy…