Paula Deen’s ‘Today’ appearance ends in tears

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Dean says that anyone who’s never sinned should pick up a rock and throw it at her. The celebrity chef dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview Wednesday, trying to explain she…

Ohio wants more power to stem lake algae

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials want more power to stem the spread of toxic algae caused by pollution runoff from farms. Changes proposed in a Senate bill would giv……

Berlin marks 50 years of JFK’s famous speech

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is celebrating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s famed “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech — a pledge of support to the divided city on the Cold War’s front line that still resonates…

Couple lets coffee drinkers choose baby name

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut couple are letting customers at a Starbucks coffee shop choose the name of their baby. Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer James and 24-year-old Mark Dixon of West Haven tell the New Haven Register (http://bit.ly/1adT5d6…

About 20K still without power after W. Pa. storms

PITTSBURGH (AP) — About 20,000 customers were still without power throughout western Pennsylvania after a series of strong thunderstorms moved through the region.……

Futures rise despite downwardly revised GDP

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are rising ahead of the final report on first-quarter growth in the U.S., and what appears to be a retreat by China, which had earlier indicated that it would not keep its…

Egypt president defends 1st year in speech

CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say the military has brought in reinforcements of troops and armor to bases near Egyptian cities ahead of planned June 30 protests to force the Islamist president out. The officials say Wednesday’s deployments…

Bill bolsters safety for Ohio maintenance vehicles

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a bill that would require motorists to change lanes if possible and slow down when passing stopped highway maintenance v……
Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, as key decisions are expected to be announced. The Supreme Court resolved five cases, including affirmative action, on Monday. That leaves disputes about gay marriage and voting rights among the six remaining cases. The justices are meeting again Tuesday to issue some opinions and will convene at least one more time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

DOMA overturned

The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.…

Ecuador: Decision on Snowden could take months

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Ecuador’s foreign minister said Wednesday his government could take months to decide whether to grant asylum to fugitive U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino compared Snowden’s case to…

Israeli leaders warn against Syria attacks

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders have warned against attacks from Syria while visiting a military drill held near the border with the country in the Golan Heights. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon spoke Wednesday,…

Oil price falls below $95 ahead of inventory data

The price of oil fell below $95 a barrel on Wednesday as traders awaited the latest U.S. government report on energy supplies. Benchmark oil for August delivery was down 53 cents to $94.79 per barrel in electronic trading…

Texas abortion bill falls after challenge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country. As the protesters raised the noise to deafening levels…

2 teens accused in girl’s death were close friends

STAR CITY, W.Va. (AP) — The parents of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl say one of the friends accused of stabbing her to death had been like a second daughter to them. But she lied to them for…

Ohio lawmakers: let police locate cellphones

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police would be allowed to collect limited cellphone data during emergencies under a controversial bill approved by an Ohio House committee. Th……

Poll: Ohioans want expanded gun checks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A recent poll finds wide support among Ohio voters for new restrictions on buying guns at gun shows and online. The poll released Wednesday by Quin……

Poll: Ohioans souring on President Barack Obama

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A poll finds that President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings are skidding among voters in Ohio, the swing state he carried twice. The po……

‘Laverne & Shirley’ stars reunite on Nick comedy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leading ladies of “Laverne & Shirley” are reuniting. Nickelodeon said Wednesday that Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will guest star in an episode of its new sitcom “Sam & Cat.” The actresses starred…