US, Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his country’s armed forces are taking over the lead for security around the country from the U.S.-led NATO coalition. The handover of responsibility on Tuesday marks a significant milestone…

Obama’s influence, limitations on display at G-8

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — The leaders of major economic powers are declaring themselves dedicated to a political solution to Syria’s bloody civil war, even as President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin stake out diametrically opposite…

Report: US adult smoking rate dips to 18 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — The results of the latest national health survey by the government finds the percentage of smokers in the United States has dropped to 18 percent in 2012. The nation’s smoking rate generally has been falling…

Report: US adult smoking rate dips to 18 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, a new government report says. Last year, about 18 percent of adults participating in a national health survey described themselves as current smokers. The nation’s smoking rate generally has been…

Report: Slowdown in health care costs to continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s good news for most companies that provide health benefits for their employees: America’s slowdown in medical costs may be turning into a trend, rather than a mere pause. A report Tuesday from accounting and…

‘World War Z’ draws massive crowd in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of fans brought Times Square to a standstill as they waited to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt at his premiere for “World War Z.” The 49-year old actor took his time on…

Chrysler expected to formally refuse Jeep recall

DETROIT (AP) — In one of the biggest-ever showdowns between an automaker and the government, Chrysler on Tuesday is expected to file papers explaining its refusal to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs that are at risk of…

Perry talks Russell Brand, John Mayer with Vogue

NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry ‘goes there’ with Vogue about two of her high-profile relationships, as the magazine’s July cover story. The singer says of ex-husband Russell Brand that she “was in love with him when I…

Annual report finds improved customer satisfaction for airlines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — With the arrival of the summer travel season, an annual report on customer satisfaction finds airlines improving for a second straight year. Despite rising fees and shrinking services still annoying passengers, airlines climbed…

Chrysler expected to formally refuse Jeep recall

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is expected to file papers Tuesday explaining its refusal to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs. The U.S. government asked Chrysler earlier this month to recall Grand Cherokees and Libertys because the position of…

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2013. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride, 32, became America’s first woman in space as…

Report: Too many teachers, too little quality

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s teacher-training programs do not adequately prepare would-be educators for the classroom, even as they produce almost triple the number of graduates needed, according to a survey of more than 1,000 programs released Tuesday.…
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Scrappers drop season opener

The Scrappers dropped their 2013 season opener with a 5-0 setback to the Jamestown Jammers.…
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Local talent will influence Buckeyes in 2013

Urban Meyer made his first public appearance in the Valley on Monday night. The Buckeyes' boss revealed his high hopes for the fall and how some local talent will help the team reach some lofty goals. …

Obama: Difference between spying and hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is drawing a distinction between China’s alleged intellectual property theft and what he calls “standard fare” spying on other countries. Obama says every country engages in intelligence gathering, which he called an…

NTSB stresses track safety after Conn. man’s death

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has issued an urgent safety recommendation after a railroad track foreman was struck and killed by a passenger train last month in Connecticut. The agency Monday urged the Metro-North…

NYC woman faces suspect in her dad’s 1986 killing

NEW YORK (AP) — An aspiring New York City actress has finally faced down the suspect she helped police capture in connection with her father’s 1986 slaying. Joselyn Martinez watched in court as Justo Santos pleaded not guilty…
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Scrappers open new season

Athletes' host parents were thrilled as the minor league baseball team stepped up to the plate on Monday for its 15th season.…

White House threatens veto of anti-abortion bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is threatening to veto a measure being considered by House Republicans that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. The legislation expected to pass the…

Tennis great Gene Mako dies in Calif. at 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tennis great Gene Mako, who won four major doubles titles and was ranked in the world top 10 during the 1930s, has died in Southern California. He was 97 years old. The International Tennis…