Former NSA official sympathizes with Snowden

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former spy agency official who was the target of a government leak investigation says he feels a “significant kinship” with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Thomas Drake, who was a top NSA official,…

Obama’s climate plan takes aim at coal plants

NEW YORK (AP) — America is slowly moving toward cleaner sources of energy and using less of it overall. President Barack Obama’s plan to fight climate change will accelerate those trends. The measures aim to reduce emissions of…

Excerpts from court ruling on Voting Rights Act

Excerpts from the Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that voids a key part of the Voting Rights Act: ___ “The Act has proved immensely successful at redressing racial discrimination and integrating the voting process. During the ‘Freedom Summer’ of…

Man who sold rifle to Newtown mom pleads guilty

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who sold a rifle to the mother of the Newtown school shooter has pleaded guilty to failing to have a purchaser answer a question on a form related to citizenship. The…

Death of impaled teen described as ‘pure accident’

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — One of two adults who were nearby when a Texas teenager impaled himself on the horn of a bull statue says the boy’s death was a “pure accident.” Marenda Podhorsky on Tuesday said she…

Stocks bounce higher on strong economic reports

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending higher on Wall Street after several encouraging economic reports brought buyers back to the market. Home prices jumped in April. Durable goods orders also rose and consumer confidence soared. The Dow…

Missouri mother and daughter held without bond in poisonings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri mother and daughter are being held without bond until a preliminary hearing next month on charges that they fatally poisoned two family members and tried to kill another. Diane Staudte (STOW’-dee)…

Nose doctor’s patients settle lawsuits for $55M

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has approved a $55 million settlement for nearly 300 former patients of an Indiana nose doctor who pleaded guilty to fraud after disappearing for five years while vacationing in Greece. Mark Weinberger, who…

ND abortion clinic files federal legal challenge

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions from taking effect, expanding on a separate challenge it raised last month in state court. The…
Bessemer Concrete

Gas boom spikes business

The oil and gas industry is changing the local economy and Bessemer Concrete in Petersburg is seeing first-hand the upswing in business. …

General accused of sex assault wants Panetta email

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers representing a U.S. Army general facing sexual assault charges are asking a military judge to force prosecutors to turn over any e-mails related to the case sent or received by former Defense…
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Woman's home burglarized

A Weathersfield woman told police she awoke Tuesday to find one man standing over her and another burglarizing her home.…

Obama briefs Hill leaders on foreign policy issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making his case for an immigration overhaul and for avoiding a big increase in student loan interest rates as he meets with the bipartisan leadership of Congress. He also is expected…

$839M inmate medical complex dedicated in Calif.

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The head of California’s prison system said Tuesday a court order to evacuate thousands of inmates from two Central Valley lockups hit hard by an infectious disease could lead to racial conflicts elsewhere. Corrections…

Lawyer: More phone hacking claims could come out

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for a stuntwoman suing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. over alleged phone hacking says other people have reached out to his team with their own claims. The attorney, Norman Siegel, told the media…
INDICTMENT

Photos: Drug ring indictment

A 17-person drug dealing network that sold heroin, cocaine and marijuana in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania was indicted Tuesday, June 25.…

Gettysburg residents seek black history museum

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gettysburg’s small African-American community proudly tells stories of ancestors who fought in the Civil War, a young woman who shook President Lincoln’s hand and the men who buried thousands of bodies after the battle.…

Israeli wall in ‘World War Z’ sparks questions

NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” imagines a world overrun by a zombie pandemic, leading to an unlikely new global power structure. Two of the few countries that have kept the zombies at bay are…

Men’s Wearhouse escalates battle with founder

NEW YORK (AP) — Men’s Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers’ minds. The…