Penn State scandal defendants lose second appeal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s former vice president and former athletic director are facing a second loss in state appeals court, nearly two weeks after t……

Playmate admits helping boyfriend in US illegally

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A former Playboy Playmate has admitted helping her Canadian boyfriend after he illegally entered the United States in northern New York last summer. Syracuse’s The Post-Standard newspaper (http://bit.ly/16esc3V) says Colleen Shannon pleaded guilty in…

Union presents plan to save jobs at GE Erie plant

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Union officials have presented a plan to keep 950 jobs at a General Electric Transportation plant in Erie, but the company cast doubt on the proposal. Th……
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Car fire slows traffic

A car fire has slowed traffic on Interstate 76 westbound between the New Castle exit and the Ohio Gateway.…

Pa. man charged with killing 87-year-old woman

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors in central Pennsylvania say a man fatally stabbed an 87-year-old relative of a witness in a sexual assault case against him. Dauphi……
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Man turns tires into planters

A Youngstown man who has been out of work and couldn’t find a job has created his own small business that is also helping clean up the community.…

Syrian pound tumbles on US plans to arm rebels

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Many exchange shops closed in Damascus on Tuesday, fearing more chaos a day after the Syrian currency plunged to a new record low, reflecting growing fears in the capital following a U.S. decision to…

NYC to offer free phone-charging stations in parks

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a sight that can trigger dread: the low-battery message on your cellphone when there’s no charger around. But New Yorkers needing a little extra juice will have some new options this summer. The…

Chef describes kids’ grief over Jackson’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who worked for Michael Jackson has described the home lives of the children during the final months of the singer’s life, including what she said was his daughter’s last birthday party. Kai…

Jury can’t reach verdict in Detroit cop’s trial

DETROIT (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after jurors failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a chaotic search for a murder suspect…

Vandals cause extensive damage to NW Pa. school

YOUNGVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Three men have been charged with vandalizing their former high school and causing at least $50,000 in damage, a figure that’s expected to……
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Minorities denied more loans

The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium has released its Fair Housing Report. …

Assisted by basketball, ABC wins ratings week

NEW YORK (AP) — Basketball and talent shows commanded TV viewers’ attention last week. The Nielsen Co. said three nights of NBA finals were the most-watched shows in prime time. They helped ABC, which aired them, to win…

Investors look for answers on economy from Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — What the world hopes to hear Wednesday from the Federal Reserve can be summed up in one word: clarity. Chairman Ben Bernanke will be pressed to settle the wave of confusion and speculation that’s consumed…

Treasury unveils Lew’s improved signature

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew won’t win any prizes in penmanship, but his official signature which will go on the nation’s currency is at least a slight improvement over the loopy scrawl he had a few…

Boy, 13, charged in ‘wrestling’ death of girl, 5

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 13-year-old boy from a New Orleans suburb has been arrested after authorities say he told them he used TV wrestling moves on his 5-year-old half-sister, who died from the beating. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s…

Hacking probe in Ohio rape case targets Ky. man

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky man who goes by the online name KyAnonymous says he’s the target of a federal investigation into who hacked into an Ohio high school’s computer and leaked a video related to…

Philly police: Child used in theft of wallet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police have released surveillance footage that shows a woman instructing a young girl to steal a wallet at a nail salon. The theft took place in the K……

Education Dept. offers more time to reach goals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is offering states more time to enact promised reforms in exchange for permission to ignore unworkable parts of No Child Left Behind. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday sent letters to school…

Nonprofit launches campaign to reach uninsured

CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit group helping to spread the word about President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul launched a campaign Tuesday that will target states with high numbers of uninsured Americans and tackle their skepticism with straightforward…