Judge rejects guilty plea from ex-Ark. treasurer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a guilty plea from former Arkansas state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who was accused of steering state business to a broker in return for cash payments. Shoffner tried to…

PBS Coals lays off 134 workers

FRIEDENS, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania coal company has laid off 134 employees. PBS Coals, a Friedens-based mining company providing metallurgical and steam co……

6 Mexican tourists killed in Egypt bus accident

CAIRO (AP) — A bus carrying Mexican tourists overturned Friday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula before bursting into flames, killing at least six tourists, according to the state news agency MENA. Head of emergency services for South Sinai governorate,…

China president heads to Caribbean to talk trade

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is shopping in the Caribbean for new sources of energy for his growing country. President Xi was due to arrive Friday for a state visit to the twin-island nation of…
Ohio Lottery

Man Wins $100,000

A Youngstown man won $100,000 in the Rolling Cash 5 lottery game.…
Lakeview Project

Students Make Difference

Third graders at Lakeview Elementary in Bazetta Township learned it doesn't take much to change the world. …

4 firefighters killed in Houston motel fire

HOUSTON (AP) — A five-alarm fire at a Houston motel has injured at least four firefighters. The Houston Fire Department released a statement saying four firefighters have been taken to hospitals, though details about their injuries weren’t provided.…

US VP Biden says Brazil-US relations enter new era

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says a new era in Brazil-United States relations should begin in 2013 with stronger trade ties and closer cooperation in education and science. Biden made his remarks Friday after…

The Roots live large in new Philadelphia mural

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The house band for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is living large in its hometown of Philadelphia. Members of The Roots a……

The Roots live large in new Philadelphia mural

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The house band for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is living large in its hometown of Philadelphia. Members of The Roots are now depicted on a multistory mural on the back wall of a…

Explosion reported at Pa. fragrance factory

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two people are hurt after an explosion at a fragrance company in eastern Pennsylvania. Dispatchers say it happened at the Ungerer an……

World Series of Poker opens in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The world’s richest series of card tournaments are beginning in Las Vegas amid the return of the websites that helped make them what they are today — a destination for everyone from the wealthiest…

McCain: Syrian rebels need heavy weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says Syrian rebels battling the forces of President Bashar Assad need ammunition and heavy weapons to counter the regime’s tanks and aircraft. McCain spoke Friday, the day after he returned from an…

High winds force diversion of 17 Denver flights

DENVER (AP) — High winds sweeping across Colorado’s Front Range forced the diversion of 17 flights scheduled to land at the Denver International Airport. DIA spokeswoman Laura Coale says 11 flights were diverted to Colorado Springs Airport, five…

GMC TV changes name to UP to reflect programming

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First it was Gospel Music Channel, then it became GMC when it expanded beyond music programming. Now the cable channel said it’s changing its name again, but not its identity. Beginning Saturday, the 8-year-old…

Company You Keep: May 2013

There’s a whole lot of hugging, dancing and graduating going on in this month’s Company You Keep.

No verdict in case of fired pregnant Ohio teacher

CINCINNATI (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in a teacher’s lawsuit alleging the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati violated anti-discrimination laws when it fired her after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination. An attorney for Christa Dias (DEYE’-us)…

Fla. pig using wheelchair becomes an inspiration

SUMTERVILLE, Fla. (AP) — In many circumstances, a piglet without the use of its hind legs would be put down. But Chris P. Bacon’s unusual condition has made him an international star and an inspiration to those with…