Bernanke declines to address future at the Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bernanke declined Wednesday to address speculation that he will step down as chairman of the Federal Reserve in January when his term ends, saying he wanted to keep the attention on Fed policy. During…

Red Wings plan new home in Detroit sports district

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings and city officials have announced a $650 million plan for a new arena for the NHL team in Detroit’s downtown entertainment and sports district. Plans for the 18,000-seat arena were announced…

Montana court says bison transfer legal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling that blocked transfers of Yellowstone National Park bison as part of a government-sponsored conservation initiative. Wednesday’s ruling could revive stalled efforts to return the…

Bernanke: Fed could reduce bond buys this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke says the Federal Reserve could scale back its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases later this year if the economy continues to improve. Bernanke says the reductions would occur in “measured steps”…

Cops: Disabled Pa. man died of gruesome neglect

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman and her two daughters have been charged in the neglect-related death of their 32-year-old son and brother with Down syndrome……

Father sentenced for binding kids outside Wal-Mart

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for binding and blindfolding two of his children in a Wal-Mart parking lot in eastern Kansas. 6News Lawrence (http://bit.ly/11ZU2Rg ) reports that…

Comparing US Fed’s views on economy, spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — A comparison of the Federal Reserve’s statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting on April 30-May 1: ECONOMY: May: The Fed “continues to see downside risks to the economic outlook.” June:…
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Drug dealer pleads guilty

A Liberty man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug dealing charges after Boardman police and federal agents found him twice in a two-week span with hundreds of thousands of dollars and drugs in his car and a rented motel room.…

NJ Gov. Christie is still a Dallas Cowboys fan

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surprised some schoolchildren when he told them his favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys. His pronouncement Tuesday at a school in central New Jersey drew shouts, gasps and…

Fed suggests it’s closer to slowing bond purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve offered a hint Wednesday that it’s moving closer to slowing its bond-buying program, which is intended to keep long-term interest rates at record lows. The Fed said it will maintain the pace…

GOP targets high-speed rail, transportation grants

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing to eliminate money for high-speed rail and a popular grant program for transportation projects. The belt-tightening comes as the GOP-led House works on $44 billion measure covering transportation and housing programs.…

Bulger’s ex-enforcer grilled about varying stories

BOSTON (AP) — An ex-hit man who admitted killing 20 people insisted Wednesday that he told authorities the truth when he implicated James “Whitey” Bulger in 11 of the slayings, but he acknowledged lying in the past, including…

US and Cuba agree to resume migration talks

HAVANA (AP) — A State Department official says the United States and Cuba have agreed to resume bilateral talks on migration issues next month, in the latest evidence of a thaw in chilly relations. The talks will be…
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3 plead in pill ring

Three New Castle men have pleaded guilty for their roles in a prescription drug dealing ring that transported painkillers from Florida to sell in western Pennslyvania, including the ring’s leader. …

Brand rankings in 2013 quality survey

J.D. Power and Associates released its ranking of initial quality in 2013 model-year vehicles Wednesday. Here’s how the brands stacked up, along with their problems per 100 vehicles and how much they moved up or down in the…

Top performing models in 2013 auto quality survey

J.D. Power and Associates released its annual survey of vehicle quality Wednesday. The survey asked drivers about problems with 2013 model-year vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. Here are the top-ranked models in four of the…