House GOP sponsor wants new voting rights law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House Republican says Congress should pass a new voting rights law before the 2014 midterm elections. Wisconsin Republican James Sensenbrenner told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the Supreme Court commanded Congress to…

Bipartisan Senate group pushes reporter shield law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday pressed forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, and Sen.…

Wis. man, 76, guilty in fatal shooting of teen

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 76-year-old Milwaukee man was found guilty Wednesday of fatally shooting his 13-year-old neighbor whom he suspected had broken into his home and stealing weapons. The trial now shifts into a second phase in which…

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: July 11 The Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky., on militants’ attacks on school were evil and barbaric: Islamic militants’ recent attack on a boarding school in…

Ohio boy dies after becoming wedged amid furniture

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old Ohio boy with cerebral palsy became wedged between furniture and suffocated to death while playing at his home with his twin brother, who also has cerebral palsy and couldn’t free him, authorities…

Pregnant former Olympian dies, baby saved in Conn.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Olympic and professional runner from Ethiopia who was due to give birth in three weeks has died after collapsing at a Connecticut restaurant, but doctors were able to save her baby, her…

Controller: $16K missing from western Pa. jail

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The county controller says nearly $16,000 is missing from an account holding inmate funds at the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, along with two……

Q&A: Tiny agency at heart of filibuster fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — For such a tiny government agency, the National Labor Relations Board played an outsize role in the heated Senate filibuster fight over Obama administration nominations. But the board has long been at the center of…

NPS investigating why Indiana dune swallowed boy

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating what caused a hole in an Indiana dune that swallowed a 6-year-old boy, trapping him for more than three hours beneath 11 feet of sand before rescuers could reach…

Ex-drug dealer says Bulger tried to extort $1M

BOSTON (AP) — A former drug dealer says James “Whitey” Bulger once tried to scare him into paying $1 million by having an associate spin a loaded gun on a table, point it at him, then pull the…

Police charge website that hosted murder video

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian police have charged the owner and operator of a website that hosted a gruesome video of a murder and dismemberment last May. Edmonton homicide detectives said Wednesday that they have charged Mark Marek, 38,…

What can schools sell instead of candy? Trash bags

NEW YORK (AP) — When Beth Hendrickson first proposed selling garbage bags instead of candy as a school fundraiser, “people laughed at us.” They don’t laugh anymore. Hendrickson, principal of St. Ann Interparochial School in Morganfield, Ky., says…

New surgical knife can instantly detect cancer

LONDON (AP) — Surgeons may have a new way to smoke out cancer. An experimental surgical knife can help surgeons make sure they’ve removed all the cancerous tissue, doctors reported Wednesday. Surgeons typically use knives that heat tissue…

NKorea to Panama: Free detained freighter and crew

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s Foreign Ministry says Panama should release the crew detained in the apprehension of a freighter carrying missile components because no drugs or illegal cargo were aboard. A Foreign Ministry spokesman, who…
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Benefit set for Warren woman

A picnic fundraiser will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the American Legion Post 472 in Youngstown for a Warren woman battling cancer.…
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Man imprisoned for shooting

A man who fired a bullet outside a Warren bar last August that ripped through a neighboring home and struck a sleeping woman in the head was sent to prison Wednesday for 14 years. …

Railway involved in derailment lays off 19 workers

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — The company that owns a train that derailed in Quebec says it is temporarily laying off 19 employees in the province because the track is unusable. A union representing employees at the Montreal, Maine…

Greece bans protests during Schaeuble visit

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek police has banned public protests in central Athens on Thursday, when German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will visit, a decision the left-wing opposition party described as “fascist and undemocratic.” A police statement…