Ohio leader: Work to continue on Medicaid plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio House says proposed changes to Medicaid are unlikely to pass by June 30. House Speaker William Batchelder said Tuesday he ex……

Ukraine kids at risk from low vaccination rates

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — When the time came to vaccinate her 4-year-old daughter, Yelena Hlushko hesitated, spooked by widespread fears in Ukraine about vaccines and by a boil her older child developed after an immunization shot. Eventually she…

Israeli general warns of unrest if no peace talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police have launched an investigation to find perpetrators who vandalized cars and sprayed hate graffiti in an Arab town near Jerusalem. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says residents of Abu Ghosh found tires of 28…

G-8 seeks unity on Syrian peace talks, tax evasion

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Leaders of the G-8 wealthy nations are spending the final day of their summit focused on how to deter kidnappings of foreign workers in North Africa and how to corner globe-trotting companies into…

Ex-hitman describes more killings in Bulger trial

BOSTON (AP) — A former hitman will testify for a second day in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, as Bulger’s attorneys prepare to attack his credibility. John Martarano took the stand Monday to testify against Bulger,…

Texas governor woos disgruntled Conn. gun makers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry extolled the tax policies and regulatory climate of his state as he courted Connecticut gun manufacturers that have threatened to leave since the state passed new gun-control laws this year…

Brazil protesters keep up pressure on government

SAO PAULO (AP) — In some of the biggest protests since the end of Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship, demonstrations have spread across this continent-sized country and united people from all walks of life behind frustrations over poor transportation, health…

Transgender candidate could become a first in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Wymore (WEYE’-mohr) is a typical city council candidate in many ways. He’s campaigning in New York as a community board appointee, ex-PTA chair and founder of local organizations. But Wymore’s community-leader resume has…

Ohio residents protest shooting of feral kittens

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Residents have packed a city council meeting to protest the shooting of five feral kittens by a humane officer. The Cleveland Plain Deale……

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…