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……
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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…