Midwest towns prepare for floods as river crests roll south

WEST ALTON, Mo. (AP) — Heavy rain over the past several days has triggered a new round of spring flooding in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. Residents in the small town of West Alton, Missouri, about 20 miles north…

Team to excavate Griffin, Lake Michigan shipwreck

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group that believes it has discovered the wreckage of a 17th-century French vessel in northern Lake Michigan says it’s received a state permit to conduct a test excavation at the site. Great…

Broadway to dim lights in memory of Jean Stapleton

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of Jean Stapleton, the actress who played the sweetly naive Edith in TV’s groundbreaking 1970s comedy “All in the Family.” The Broadway League…

Senate introduces No Child Left Behind successor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are introducing legislation that would replace the one-sized-fits-all national standards of No Child Left Behind with ones that states write for themselves. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa on Tuesday was ready to announce…

UK reports: ‘X Factor’ Tulisa held on drug claim

LONDON (AP) — British media say singer and former U.K. “X Factor” judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been arrested over allegations of supplying hard drugs. The arrest comes after the Sun tabloid ran a story claiming the 24-year-old had…

Greek far right seeks tougher laws for foreigners

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek extreme right party broadly vilified for alleged Nazi sympathies and inciting violence against immigrants is seeking harsher laws for offenses committed by foreigners who entered Greece illegally. A draft law tabled by…

Police: 2nd arrest made in stabbing of Steeler

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested a second suspect in the weekend stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams. Police spokeswom……

Martin Sheen stars in NM play with Navajo students

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Actor Martin Sheen has lent his performing skills for a play written and produced by American Indian students in New Mexico. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/132Yuga ) that the “Apocalypse Now” and “Wall…

Stocks head lower on Fed stimulus worries

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news about home prices and trade helped push the stock market up in early Tuesday trading. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 26 points at 15,280 as of 10:10 a.m., a slight…

Colombia minister rules out NATO membership

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s defense minister says his country has no interest in joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The comments by Juan Carlos Pinzon appear to back away from a statement by President Juan Manuel Santos…

Audit: Calif. utility didn’t spend $50M for safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An audit says Pacific Gas and Electric Co. did not use $50 million intended to improve its gas pipeline network in the decade leading up to a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay…

Key Pa. senator still deciding beer, liquor bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Senators have a lot to consider after the third and final Senate committee hearing on liberalizing beer, wine and liquor sales. Tuesday’……

NYPD: 10-year-old boy grabs intruder’s gun, fires

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a 10-year-old Brooklyn boy picked up a gun that was dropped by an intruder and fired a shot. Police say two people dressed as delivery men knocked on the…

Judge rejects Pa. man’s request for new trial

READING, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania judge has rejected a new trial request from a man convicted in the shooting death of his wife. Berks County Judge Jeffrey Spr……
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2013 Springfield Baseball Capsule

Coach Matt Weymer becomes the first head coach in Springfield school history to lead two different baseball teams to the state tournament.…

Ohio Bike week marred by fatal

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The beginning of Ohio Bike Week has been marred by the death of motorcyclist in a traffic crash. The State Highway Patrol said 48-year-old Kristin……

Stocks move higher in early trading on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after encouraging news about home prices and trade. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 26 points at 15,280 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, a gain…

Deacon Jones of famed Fearsome Foursome dead at 74

David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes…

Philly school spox: few options for Girard

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A spokesman for Girard College, which is making big cuts to its boarding and high school programs, says the long-time school’s Board of Dire……