Exotic animal owners in Ohio appeal restrictions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several owners of exotic animals in Ohio are telling a federal appeals court that a new state law unreasonably infringes on their right to keep their creatures. The owners’ lawyer filed an appeal brief…

US denies Mauritania got 2 Guantanamo prisoners

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A prisoner support group says that three Mauritanians — including two detainees from Guantanamo — were returned to their country late Friday night. Hamoud Ould Nabagha, chairman of the Support Committee for Guantanamo Prisoners,…

IRS case gets Ohio tea party movement steamed up

CINCINNATI (AP) — While it’s clear that Ohio tea party activists are fired up over recent disclosures that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative……
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Police charge 2nd suspect in UK soldier death

LONDON (AP) — Far-right groups and antifascists scuffled Saturday during rival demonstrations to mark the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby more than a week ago. Police kept about 150 British National Party supporters carrying anti-Islam placards apart…
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4 firefighters killed in Houston fire mourned

HOUSTON (AP) — Among the four firefighters killed while battling a Houston motel and restaurant fire were veterans of the department and a newcomer just a month out of the academy. One of those killed Friday was 29-year-old…

Questions, answers on Hanford Nuclear Reservation

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Hanford Nuclear Reservation produced the plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, effectively ending World War II. Today the southeastern Washington site confronts the environmental mess…

3 NATO service members killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says that two of its service members and one civilian working with the international coalition in Afghanistan have been killed in two separate attacks in the country’s east. The coalition says insurgents killed…

Key stress points in the Arab world

While the world’s attention is riveted to Syria’s civil war, there are other countries trying to cope with the convulsions of the Arab Spring that began nearly 2 ½ years ago. A look at some stress points in…

‘Warhorse’ director brings puppets to Spoleto

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Director Tom Morris uses the phrase “happy accident” to describe the success of his Tony-award-winning play “War Horse,” whose central character was a puppet. “At the time, it seemed like a really crazy experiment…

2 Mexico kidnap victims sons of drug traffickers

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It started to rain last Saturday night and the temperature dropped. So 19-year-old Said Sanchez Garcia stopped home to get a sweater. He’d been gone all afternoon and now he and his friend, Jerzy…

2 men injured, power cut in NE Ohio crash

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Two northeast Ohio men were in critical condition after an injury crash in Trumbull County that cut power to nearby residents. The Ohio State Highwa……

Russia military-style arrest of mayor in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Russia’s top investigative agency says the powerful mayor of the regional capital of the restive southern province of Dagestan has been detained on charges of organizing an investigator’s killing. The Investigative Committee’s spokesman, Vladimir…

Russia smoking ban takes effect

MOSCOW (AP) — A law that bans smoking in public places has taken effect in Russia, a contentious move in a country with one of the highest smoking rates in the world. The ban, which came into force…

Storied nuke plant becomes environmental wasteland

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A stainless steel tank the size of a basketball court lies buried in the sandy soil of southeastern Washington state, an aging remnant of U.S. efforts to win World War II. The tank holds…

Spike in violence in Iraq has echoes in the past

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than a year after the U.S. military left Iraq, the country is reeling from its most sustained violence since 2008. Over the last two months more than 1,700 people have been killed, raising fears…

Oklahoma City area flooding after heavy rain

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City area is experiencing flooding in the wake of Friday’s storms that inundated the region with several inches of rain. Aerial images show muddy water covering roadways around Oklahoma City and El…

Home of famous Va. hams ponders foreign buyout

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — Residents in the southeastern Virginia town of Smithfield have mixed reactions to the idea that the maker of their famous cured hams may soon be owned by a Chinese company. Smithfield Foods agreed this…

Feds crack down on foreclosure auction scams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than four dozen real estate speculators and two companies nationwide have been charged with illegally fixing foreclosure auctions in three states. Working in concert, the would-be buyers would appoint just one person to…
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Nelson hangs on for HBO win

Youngstown trained fighter Willie Nelson earns a decision over Luciano Cuello in Nelson's first ever appearance on HBO. …