Federal judge dismisses suit over OH ballot issue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Ohio’s elections chief over a sidelined 2012 ballot issue. The group Fair Elections Ohio h……

LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles’ school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for…

Feds in Calif. bust international gambling ring

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging 18 people with involvement in an illegal gambling ring they say spanned from California to Peru and used violence against customers with outstanding debts. The defendants operated…

Fed sees lower US unemployment, more growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sketched a slightly brighter picture of the U.S. economy this year and next, a sign it is moving closer to slowing its bond-buying program. The Fed now predicts unemployment will fall to…
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School earns highest rating

A Boardman child care center has received a coveted award for meeting high standards.…

UK banking commission urges better standards

LONDON (AP) — British bankers could soon be facing harsher penalties for behaving badly. After a year which has seen major scandals involving rate-rigging, money-laundering and rogue-trading rock the UK’s financial industry, an influential parliamentary committee recommended Wednesday…

Russia could stand in way of Obama’s nuke cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — By saying he intends to bargain with Russia over new reductions in nuclear weapons, rather than make cuts on his own, President Barack Obama is asking for cooperation from a former Cold War foe in…

US calls out China, Russia over human trafficking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is criticizing China and Russia for failing to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking, ranking them on a par with North Korea and Syria. The State Department downgraded China and Russia in…

Funding for key gas drilling health study stalled

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An important study on possible health impacts of natural gas drilling is still looking for additional funding. Geisinger Health System spokeswoma……

Deen says she used slur but doesn’t tolerate hate

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Celebrity cook Paula Deen says she has used racial slurs in the past but insists she and her brother, who are accused of racial and sexual discrimination in a lawsuit by a former manager…

Feds make find at former home of NY mobster

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI has found possible human remains in a dig at the New York City house once occupied by a famous gangster. An FBI spokesman confirmed Wednesday that agents found material that they want…

Syrian exiles get taste of home: Beloved ice cream

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — For Syrians, no visit to Damascus’ Old City is complete without a stop at a more than century-old ice cream parlor in its main souq where you can watch them make their distinctive desert…

Stocks slide as Fed says bond purchases could slow

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing sharply lower and bond yields are rising after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank could slow its massive bond purchases this year. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 206…

Syria infiltrators, Jordan military clash, 1 dead

ZAIN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s military says infiltrators from Syria have clashed with Jordanian soldiers near the border. One infiltrator was killed and two wounded. The attackers opened fire on a border post on Wednesday, according to a…

Italian icons find no respite from tax man

MILAN (AP) — Sophia Loren wore green silk and sunglasses for her date with the taxman, Luciano Pavarotti a suit and sneakers. Diego Maradona gave up his diamond stud earring to pay off a tax debt. Some of…

ND judge allows new complaint to abortion lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge on Wednesday agreed to combine a lawsuit that challenges a new requirement for doctors who perform abortions with litigation over a 2011 law that limits the use of drugs to…

Militants kill 6 soldiers in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A senior police official says militants attacked a military convoy with rocket-propelled grenades and other heavy weapons in northwest Pakistan, killing six soldiers. Shafiullah Khan says two soldiers were wounded in the attack Wednesday,…

Ohio father charged in case of baby’s torn scalp

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio grand jury has indicted a man on charges of felonious assault and endangering children after he allegedly ripped off part of a baby&#……

Group: Exclude Chad troops from UN force in Mali

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A network of human rights groups on Wednesday criticized plans to include Chadian troops in a new U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali while Chad’s military remains on a U.N. ‘list of shame’ for child…