U of Oregon plans to bar too-wide seat cushions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some University of Oregon fans say it’s getting crowded in the bleachers. The problem: Jumbo seat cushions. So the school proposes to limit cushions to 17 inches wide. University spokeswoman Julie Brown says there…

South Texas county sued over jail abuse

GEORGE WEST, Texas (AP) — A South Texas county has been sued in federal court for the second time in a year over the sexual abuse of women in its jail. Also named in the lawsuit filed earlier…

IRS worker: No political bias against tea party

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic congressman has released the full transcript of congressional investigators’ interview with an Internal Revenue Service manager and self-described conservative Republican who said the close scrutiny of tea party groups’ tax forms originated in…

Google asks FISA court to lift gag order

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google is asking the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to lift its long-standing gag order on how often the company is asked to turn over data about its customers to the federal government. Claiming that…
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New chief takes helm

A new police chief is at the helm of the Warren Police Department. Chief Eric Merkel was sworn in Tuesday. …

Ammunition fire rages at Russian military base

MOSCOW (AP) — Exploding shells set off a fire that was triggering explosions Wednesday at a military depot in southern Russia, injuring about 30 people and causing the evacuation of more than 6,000 from a nearby village, investigators…

APNewsBreak: Conn. chimp attack victim to appeal

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An attorney for a Connecticut woman disfigured by a friend’s pet chimpanzee says he plans to appeal a decision denying her permission to sue the state for $150 million on her claim officials…

AP EXCLUSIVE: US war games send signal to Assad

ZARQA, Jordan (AP) — Under the watchful eye of stern-faced American advisers, hundreds of U.S.-trained Jordanian commandos fanned across this dusty desert plain, holding war games that could eventually form the basis of an assault in Syria. With…

Officials: Unattended campfire caused Calif. fire

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — An unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a more than 2-square-mile blaze that officials said Tuesday has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people.…

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,103

As of Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at least 2,103 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP…

Star-studded party for Israeli president’s 90th

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and global leaders, local celebrities and Hollywood superstars celebrated under one roof to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres for his upcoming 90th birthday. Peres is hosting an annual conference that brings together artists, thinkers…
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WRAP streamlines board

The Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corporation voted to streamline its board during a meeting Tuesday morning. …

Cuban dissident: Repression forced family to flee

MIAMI (AP) — One of several Cuban dissidents recently allowed to visit Europe and the U.S. after Cuba changed its travel laws said Tuesday she decided to seek refuge in Miami after facing continued repression on the island.…
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Charity names recipients

More than $100,000 was handed out Tuesday to local organizations to help needy children.…

Red Cross’ Guantanamo reports sought in 9/11 case

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross urged a military judge Tuesday to refuse a request to open its confidential communications with U.S. officials about conditions at Guantanamo Bay to the…

Radar shows tornado touched down at Denver airport

LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP) — Denver International Airport passengers are taking shelter after a tornado was spotted in the area. The National Weather Service says a tornado was spotted in the area Tuesday afternoon. People are taking shelter…

Suit: McDonald’s wages put on costly debit card

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Would you like fees with that? A Pennsylvania woman has filed suit to avoid fees she may be charged to get her McDonald’s wages from a debit car……

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……