IRS aside, political passions take a summer break

HONEA PATH, S.C. (AP) — A tour of South Carolina political events suggests the conservative anger that spawned the tea party movement four years ago has quieted, at least for a while. Local officials say they’re not sure…

Fire destroys central Pa. lumber mill

McALISTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A fire department spokesman says a blaze destroyed a lumber mill in central Pennsylvania, but no one was hurt. Fayette Fire Company spokesm……

Sean Penn charity to sponsor Haitian runners

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haiti humanitarian group for Hollywood actor Sean Penn announced Friday that it will sponsor five Haitian runners so they can compete in the New York City Marathon in November. Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief…

Measure of US consumer confidence at six-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in almost six years in May, lifted by rising home prices and record stock market gains. Greater confidence could help revive spending in coming…

Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law enters House race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The mother-in-law of Chelsea Clinton is running to recapture the suburban Philadelphia U.S. House seat that she lost in the 1994 election. Marjorie Margolies (mar-GOH’-lees) filed paperwork Thursday to run in the Democratic Party…

A respite for Medicare; Social Security no worse

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says Medicare’s giant hospital trust will not be exhausted until 2026, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund is unchanged at 2033. The date for Medicare is two years…

BP rig supervisors challenge manslaughter counts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don’t apply to conduct on a…

AP names international investigations editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Trish Wilson, deputy Latin America and Caribbean editor for The Associated Press, has been named to the new position of international investigations editor for the news cooperative. Wilson will work with reporters abroad and…

No update yet on cause of ex-QB’s death in Mich.

BALDWIN, Mich. (AP) — It may be next week at the earliest before authorities learn more about what caused the death of a former star college quarterback in the woods of western Michigan. Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson…

US, Germany to Russia: Don’t send Assad missiles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Germany say Russia must not provide the Assad regime with an advanced air defense system that they believe could prolong Syria’s civil war. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia’s transfer of…

Report: BA jet in Heathrow drama lost engine panel

LONDON (AP) — Air accident investigators say a British Airways jet that made an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport last week lost panels from both its engines after they were left unlatched during maintenance. In an initial report…

Sean Penn charity to sponsor Haitian runners

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haiti humanitarian group for Hollywood star Sean Penn says it will sponsor five Haitian runners in the New York City Marathon in November. Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization said Friday it will back…

No more monkey business: Bieber pet has new home

BERLIN (AP) — Justin Bieber’s former pet, Mally the Monkey, is getting ready to meet new playmates at his new home in Germany. The 23-week-old animal was presented to photographers at the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, in northern…

Stocks on track to close out May with gains

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street Friday after the government reported that Americans cut back on spending last month for the first time in almost a year. Consumer spending fell 0.2…

Family unsure why mom killed in Syria was there

DETROIT (AP) — Relatives of a 33-year-old Michigan woman killed in fighting in Syria say they didn’t even know she was in the Middle East but that she always wanted to be a peacemaker. Monica Mansfield-Speelman said Friday…

Queen Elizabeth visits barracks of dead UK soldier

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has paid her respects to slain British soldier Lee Rigby by meeting with personnel at the barracks where he served in southeast London. The meeting with officers and soldiers who worked with…
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Man Charged in Poland Rape

A Hillsville man is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on suspicion of raping his ex-wife.…

6 Mexican tourists killed in Egypt bus accident

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian health official says a bus carrying Mexican tourists has overturned in the Sinai peninsula, killing at least five. Head of emergency services for South Sinai governorate Khaled Abou Hashem says that the bus…