Hard numbers elusive on cost of Pa. pension switch

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state commission that keeps tabs on public pensions in Pennsylvania was unable to provide much clarity on the financial implications of switc……

Qatar’s new emir raised profile with sports

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar’s new ruler was the not the first choice to lead the Gulf nation and its growing political and economic ambitions. Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani became the crown prince a decade ago…

Bill Clinton: States need to be better budgeters

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Automatic federal spending cuts that kicked in March 1 have seriously hurt city and local governments, hampering their ability to deliver essential services to citizens, Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday in a blunt message to…

Jane Austen may become new face on 10-pound bill

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England’s chief has hinted that Jane Austen could become the new face of Britain’s 10-pound note. The bank’s outgoing governor, Mervyn King, told lawmakers Tuesday that the “Pride and Prejudice” novelist is…

Family of Gaza missing man says Israel has him

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The family of a Gaza man who disappeared in Egypt says he has been kidnapped by Israel. Wael Abu Reda, a 34-year-old from southern Gaza, was in Egypt seeking medical treatment for…

Microsoft to unveil latest Windows adjustments

Microsoft will use its annual developers conference to release a preview of Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company’s flagship operating system. Many…

Court: Child isn’t required to go to Indian father

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a Native American child doesn’t have to be taken away from her adoptive parents and given to her biological father. The justices ruled 5-4 Tuesday in a case about a federal…

Judge: Jesus statue can stay on Montana mountain

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge says a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus that was placed on federal land on Big Mountain near Whitefish nearly 60 years ago can remain. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled the Flathead…
INDICTMENT

Drug network indicted

A 17-person drug dealing network that sold heroin, cocaine and marijuana in Youngstown and Akron, and whose ring leader is cooperating with investigators after he pleaded guilty in another case, was indicted on Tuesday. …

Stocks rise on higher home prices, durable goods

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose in early trading Tuesday, pushed higher by good reports on home prices and orders for durable goods. Shortly after trading opened, the Dow Jones industrial average shot up as much as…

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring…

Voting Act voided

The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.…

Halle Berry describes daughter’s harassment terror

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Actress Halle Berry is set to testify in favor of California legislation that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph the children of celebrities. The hearing before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety…
FOOTBALL-HICKORY

Hickory football preview

The defending two-time District 10 Class AA Champion Hickory Hornets have their eyes set on advancing further this fall. …

FBI: $1.2M found missing from NYC-bound Swiss jet

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI says $1.2 million in cash was discovered missing from a Swiss International Air Lines jet after it landed at John F. Kennedy Airport. Agency spokesman J. Peter Donald says the plane arrived…

US consumer confidence at five-year high in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ confidence in the economy rose to its highest level in more than five years, bolstered by a more optimistic outlook for hiring. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that…

‘White House Down’ director unfazed by ‘Olympus’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roland Emmerich knows all about disasters. The 57-year-old filmmaker laid waste to several landmarks in “Independence Day,” turned New York into an ice cube in “The Day After Tomorrow” and leveled most of the…

US new home sales hit fastest pace in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rose in May to the fastest pace in five years, a solid gain that added to signs of a steadily improving housing market. New home sales rose 2.1 percent last month…

Rescue copter from India flood zone crashes, 8 die

GAUCHAR, India (AP) — An air force helicopter returning from a rescue mission in flood-ravaged northern India hit the side of a mountain and fell into a river on Tuesday, killing eight people, officials said. Bad weather has…