US consumers cut spending 0.2 pct. in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back on spending in April after their income failed to grow, a sign economic growth may be slowing. The Commerce Department says consumer spending dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in April, the…

Futures slide on consumer data

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are falling on the final trading day of May, ahead of new data expected to show that consumers took a break in April from their breakneck spending pace. Dow Jones industrial futures…

5 dead in tornado in Oklahoma City area

TULL, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a driver died when strong winds knocked a tree onto his car in rural Arkansas as thunder storms and several tornadoes swept through the Midwest. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says the…

Intel dilemma in Boston, London, Paris attacks

PARIS (AP) — Intelligence agencies that have succeeded in thwarting many of al-Qaida’s plans for spectacular attacks are struggling to combat the terror network’s strategy of encouraging followers to keep to themselves, use off-the-shelf weapons and strike when…

Cops: One Direction impostor targeted girls online

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A 45-year-old man in Connecticut is accused of posing as a member of the popular boy band One Direction online to entice young girls into performing sex acts. The Waterbury Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/12lsKYs) John…

EU recommends testing of US wheat after GM find

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union is urging its 27 member states to test wheat shipments from the United States after unauthorized genetically modified grains were found in Japan. Tokyo on Thursday halted imports of certain types of…

Small plane crashes into Va. apartment, 2 hurt

HERNDON, Va. (AP) — Authorities say two people suffered minor injuries when a small plane crashed into the living room of an apartment outside Washington. Capt. Willie Bailey with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in Virginia says the…

A glance at Europe’s unemployment rates

Unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro has hit a new record of 12.2 percent in April. Here is a breakdown of unemployment across Europe and the eurozone. Country/Region April 2012 March 2013 April…

NKorean farmers planting rice with profits in mind

HAMHUNG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean farmers knee deep in muddy paddies across the country have a new incentive during this year’s crucial rice planting season: possible bonuses that are part of an economic shift echoing ally…

Turkish police raid sit-in against tree removal

ISTANBUL (AP) — Riot police used tear gas and pressurized water in a dawn raid on Friday to rout a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at an Istanbul…

‘Bucket list’ item leads to women’s arrest in Fla.

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Two longtime friends ended up in jail in central Florida thanks to a “bucket list” that included stealing from a store. Police say 36-year-old Andrea Mobley and 38-year-old Jennifer Morrow face petty theft charges…

Vatican bank chief’s priority: clean up reputation

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the Vatican bank says his main priority is to clean up the bank’s reputation, saying the institution hasn’t served the pope well enough but still provides valuable services to the Holy…
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…