Scott Street Fire

Fire Engulfs House

Youngstown firefighters worked to control a vacant house fire late Thursday night.…

Bomb and shooting kill 7 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities say attackers have sprayed a security checkpoint in western Iraq with gunfire, killing three policemen. Police officials say two carloads of gunmen attacked the checkpoint in the city of Fallujah early Friday. Two other…

Prominent pavilions at the Venice Biennale

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Massimiliano Gioni is the youngest curator ever at the world’s oldest contemporary art fair — the Venice Biennale. Yet it is not just youth that gives the 39-year-old an edge as he presents the…

Balance of power in Syria shifting Assad’s way

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian troops have attacked a convoy trying to evacuate wounded people from a central town near the border with Lebanon, killing at least seven. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Friday’s…

CPJ: Ethiopia detains reporter on evictions at dam

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopian authorities have detained a reporter covering evictions near the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam that is raising tensions with Nile-dependent Egypt. It says Muluken Tesfahun of the…

Eurozone unemployment heading for 20 million

BRUSSELS (AP) — Unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro has hit another record high, the latest in a series of ignominious landmarks for the ailing single currency zone. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office,…

Israeli police: Jerusalem church vandalized

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel police say an investigation is underway to find vandals who defaced one of Jerusalem’s best known churches. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the vandalism was discovered on the Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem’s Old…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, May 31, 2013. Severe storms will persist across the center of the nation on Friday as a strong low pressure system continues slowly moving eastward from the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, into…

Art owned by TS Eliot’s widow on sale

LONDON (AP) — It’s the collection that “Cats” built. A multimillion-dollar trove of works by artists including J.M.W. Turner, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Winston Churchill that were owned by poet T.S. Eliot’s widow will be sold in…

Rape victim: Retaliation prevalent in military

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Stacey Thompson had just been stationed at Marine base in Japan when she said her sergeant laced her drinks with drugs, raped her in his barracks and then dumped her onto a street outside…

‘German curse’ no more for NYC Spelling Bee champ

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — New York City has its first Scripps National Spelling Bee winner in 16 years. Arvind Mahankali has never had a “knaidel,” but he was able to spell the German-derived Yiddish word for a…

FBI: Ricin letter to Obama sent from Wash.

SEATTLE (AP) — Three poison-tainted, hand-addressed letters postmarked on the same day in Spokane, Wash., were mailed to President Barack Obama, a federal judge in Spokane and a post office in that city, the FBI says. A fourth…

Russia to sell at least 10 MiG fighters to Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian arms manufacturer says it is signing a contract to deliver at least 10 fighter jets to Syria. Sergei Korotkov, general director of the MiG company that makes the jets, told Russian news agencies…

Court: Calif. erred in new lethal injection regs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Executions in California will remain suspended after a state appeals court ruled that corrections officials made several “substantial” procedural errors when they adopted new lethal injection rules. The 1st District Court of Appeals said…

Quotations of the day

“She lived through a nightmare.” — Jose Francisco Benitez Paz, attorney for Yanira Maldonado, after the Arizona woman facing drug smuggling charges in Mexico was freed after security footage found no evidence she attempted to do so. ___…

Some Wash. police dogs not smelling pot anymore

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped. The newest drug-sniffing dog on…

Group fails in bid to recall Ariz. sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) — A campaign to force a recall election against the polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix has failed. Recall organizers said Thursday that they couldn’t collect enough voter signatures to bring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to…

APNewsBreak: Ore. Muslim sues FBI, claims torture

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An American Muslim who says he was beaten with batons by prison interrogators while held in solitary confinement overseas for more than three months has sued the FBI and State Department, claiming the torture…

Social Security, Medicare still face big challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. recovery slowly gathers steam, federal deficits are finally coming down from their nosebleed $1 trillion-plus heights. That will postpone until fall a new budget showdown between Congress and the White House —…

Social Security and Medicare trustees report due

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trustees for Social Security and Medicare will release their annual report Friday on the state of finances for the government’s two biggest benefit programs. The report will give the latest assessment of when the trust…