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…

Britten’s coronation opera revived after 60 years

LONDON (AP) — The Earl of Harewood may have been exaggerating when he described the premiere of “Gloriana” as “one of the great disasters of operatic history.” Still, the Benjamin Britten opera, commissioned to help mark the coronation…

Pardoned financier Marc Rich dies in Switzerland

GENEVA (AP) — Marc Rich, the trader known as the “King of Commodities” who was pardoned in 2001 by President Bill Clinton just hours before he left office, has died in Switzerland. He was 78. Rich’s Israel-based spokesman…

Bigger posts absorb cuts as Army downsizes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In axing a dozen combat brigades in the face of steep spending cuts and the wind-down of two wars, the Army says it is trying to ease the sting by spreading it around. But…

‘Lone Ranger’ stars have historic roots in justice

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer fight for justice in their upcoming film, “The Lone Ranger,” but their ancestors did it for real. Genealogy research website Ancestry.com revealed Wednesday the two actors descend from historic…

Qatar’s new emir: No major change in policies

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television reports that the Gulf state’s new ruler will pick the country’s top domestic affairs official as prime minister. Qatar had no official statements Wednesday, but Al-Jazeera was founded by Qatar’s government…

UN sounds alarm on widespread designer drug use

VIENNA (AP) — VIENNA — The U.N. drug control agency on Wednesday sounded the alarm on the spread of designer drugs, which are sold openly and legally and sometimes result in deadly highs, while reporting that global drug…

Islamic extremists target civilians in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The pastor would not renounce his Christian faith so the Islamic extremists slit his throat. High school students were taking exams in defiance of the militants of Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education…

Zimmerman’s neighbor says she heard boy’s cry

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s neighbor described hearing movement from left to right behind the town-house in which she lived, and when she looked out the window she saw arms flailing and what sounded like someone saying,…

Iran burns 100 tons of illicit drugs

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs as part of its efforts to fight drug smuggling. Iranian authorities and foreign guests watched as some 50 tons of various narcotics were burned…

Mom sues Monster energy drink over teen’s death

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a teenager who died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming his death on Monster Beverage, alleging in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that his death was caused by habitually drinking the…

San Francisco paper sues rival over low ad rates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Examiner filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the city’s dominant daily newspaper the San Francisco Chronicle has slashed advertising prices to stifle competition. The suit claims Chronicle owner the Hearst Corp.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Active weather becomes more focused over the East on Wednesday as low pressure in the Central Plains lifts northeastward into the Upper Great Lakes and it¼’s associated frontal boundaries become…

Obama making long-anticipated return to Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making a long-anticipated return to Africa, with the health of former South African leader Nelson Mandela hanging over the visit. The first family is departing Wednesday for a weeklong trip to…

Kerry: Urgent progress is needed on Mideast peace

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making his first visit to Kuwait as America’s top diplomat, having talks with the tiny, oil-rich country’s leader about deepening violence in Syria, Iran’s new president and…