18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda

NEW YORK (AP) — The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks. In a letter to congressional…

New leader for operator of NY thoroughbred tracks

NEW YORK (AP) — The directors of the New York Racing Association have chosen a lawyer without a background in horse racing as the organization’s new president and CEO. The choice of 60-year-old Christopher Kay comes a year…

Pa. Senate OKs bill to expand DNA tests in crimes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill to require DNA testing of suspects accused of certain crimes in Pennsylvania is headed to the state House of Representatives for the secon……

Couple guilty in murder of mother of 2-month-old

PLANADA, Calif. (AP) — A California couple is facing prison time after juries convicted them of luring an acquaintance to their home and strangling her to kidnap her 2-month-old boy. The Merced Sun-Star reports (http://bit.ly/ZZfjd6 ) that two…

Suburban NY woman indicted on pot-growing charges

A woman from the ritzy New York City suburb of Scarsdale who is accused of raising thousands of marijuana plants was compared Tuesday to Colombian cocaine lords. Andrea Sanderlin, 45, was indicted Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn…

Officials: Unattended campfire caused Calif. fire

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials in California say an unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people. More…

Man pleads guilty to smuggling snakes on planes

TYLER, Texas (AP) — Samuel L. Jackson would have been cursing up a storm. An East Texas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes on several planes from South America to the United States. During a court hearing…

Rural lawmakers push for farm bill votes in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm-state lawmakers are scrambling to win bipartisan support for a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill on the House floor this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion a year from food stamps while raising subsidies for…

Philly man finds sinkhole filled with green ooze

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man discovered a sinkhole in the street and saw something unexpected inside — a pool of greenish ooze. Twenty-year-old Steven Reit……

Catholic religious order opens abuse files

NEW YORK (AP) — A Roman Catholic religious order released an unusually candid report Tuesday outlining how its leaders failed for decades to stop sex abuse in its schools and other ministries. The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St.…

Brazil protesters clash with police in Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO (AP) — Protesters surrounding the city hall of Brazil’s biggest city have clashed with police when a small group of demonstrators tried to force their way into the building. GloboNews television network showed images of protesters…

Hoffa mystery still fascinates after 4 decades

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The latest possible resting place of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is an overgrown farm field where the normal calm of chirping crickets is being drowned out by a beeping backhoe, the chop of…

Pa. House Dems fail to slow charity-tax amendment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Minority Democrats in the state House of Representatives failed to slow a constitutional amendment at the center of a power struggle between th……

Officials: Man mauled by bear outside Wis. cabin

SHELL LAKE, Wis. (AP) — A man who was attacked by a black bear outside a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin is recovering at a hospital. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the man was attacked in his…
B & R Wholesale Tire Closes

B & R Tire Closes

There is a note on the door telling customers that the business is under new management and there are no plans to reopen.…
Vindicator Fire

Smoke fills Vindy press room

A fire filled the press room at the Youngstown Vindicator with smoke Tuesday afternoon. …

Minn. mother, son accused of stealing gopher feet

PRESTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota mother and her 18-year-old son are accused of stealing nearly $5,000 in frozen gopher feet and selling them for a bounty. Thirty-seven-year-old Tina Marie Garrison and Junior Lee Dillon, both of Preston,…

What it takes to become an Army Ranger

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the military looks to bring women into combat jobs closer to the front lines, including commando units, senior leaders are reviewing the physical and mental requirements that troops must meet in order to qualify…

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…