Obama welcomes Chile’s Pinera to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has welcomed Chilean President Sebastian Pinera to the White House, asserting the South American nation’s economic and democratic rise. Both leaders said they were committed to working toward a broad Asia-Pacific regional…

Forest Service to hire 500 fewer firefighters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell says his agency will hire 500 fewer firefighters than last year, because of automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress. Tidwell told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that his…

APNewsBreak: Iran’s reactor said damaged by quakes

Diplomats say countries monitoring Iran’s nuclear program have picked up information that the country’s only power-producing nuclear reactor was damaged by one or more recent earthquakes. Two diplomats say long cracks have appeared in at least one section…

US to auction wind energy leases off RI, Mass.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government says it will auction leases for wind farms off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts next month, marking the first time it has sold competitive leases for wind energy on…

Academic Excellence – Brookfield

Anthony Wielbruda Caylin Corns David Jamieson James Quinlan Kayla Boyer Nicole Tatomirovich Raeschelle Foster……

Somali torture victim: Ohio court hearing a relief

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A human rights advocate tortured in Somalia in the 1980s says he’s relieved to have finally had his day in court. Abukar Hassan Ahmed (AB’-oo-kahr hah-SAHN’ AHK’-mehd) says his appearance before a federal judge…

Academic Excellence – Boardman

Amanda Parillo Brenden Hardie Fred Ouimet Georgia Kasamias Megan Evans Nicole Pavlansky Paige Rowland Peter Stafford Ryan Bailey……

NY attorney general sues HSBC over foreclosures

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s attorney general is suing HSBC Bank USA and HSBC Mortgage Corp., claiming they’re failing to set timely foreclosure settlement conferences required by state law. The law says mortgage lenders who sue to…

Palestinians to pursue Israel at UN if talks fail

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says the West Bank government will try to bring Israel up on charges through the U.N. if American attempts to restart peace talks fail. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat…

Ecuador oil spill pollutes Amazon tributary

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s state oil company says it has resumed pumping through the country’s main pipeline four days after it was damaged by a landslide. But a spill caused by the slide polluted drinking water for…

Sebelius won’t intervene in girl’s transplant case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services says she can’t intervene in transplant decisions and move a dying Pennsylvania girl to the front of the line. Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL’-yuhs) says those decisions should be…