French president’s wine auctioned to raise funds

PARIS (AP) — In headier times, some of these wines were served at dinner for French presidents and their guests — kings, queens, other heads of state. In today’s times of austerity, the Elysee Palace is selling off…
Kitten Killed in Warren

Kitten Beaten to Death

Warren police are looking for a man who beat his live-in girlfriend’s daughter’s 3-month-old kitten to death after an argument.…

Danny Glover joins protest in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hollywood actor Danny Glover has made an appearance at a union protest in downtown Johannesburg. Glover, also a labor rights activist, is in South Africa as part of a trade union delegation from the United…
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Mom Passes Out in Car

A Warren mother is facing charges for passing out early Thursday from drinking with her car running at a gas station while her two small children were inside the car.…

Stocks inch higher in early trading on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street after the latest reports on the economy suggested a steady recovery in the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 17 points at…

US economy grew at modest 2.4 pct. rate in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slightly slower than initially estimated. Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, but businesses restocked more slowly and state and…

Authorities await more tests on late QB Finnerty

BALDWIN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff says there’s no firm timetable on the release of additional test results that might help determine the cause of death of a former national championship-winning quarterback. Autopsy results released Wednesday didn’t…

Israel to build 300 units in Jewish settlement

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Housing Ministry said Thursday it has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem, complicating the mission of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry…

Early Crichton novels to be released as e-books

NEW YORK (AP) — Ten early novels that Michael Crichton wrote under pen names while he was in medical school are coming out as e-books. Open Road Integrated Media announced Thursday that it was releasing the first e-editions…

Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 354K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000. Still, the level of applications is consistent with steady hiring and remains near a five-year low. The Labor Department…

Calif. woman gets use of rare Stradivarius violin

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — An Irvine, Calif., concert violinist is playing sweet music on one of the rarest instruments in the world — a $5 million Stradivarius. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/18y4Dog ) Iryna Krechkovsky will use…

Russian critic: Wide corruption at Sochi games

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials and businessmen have stolen billions of dollars during the years of preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, a prominent Russian opposition figure claimed Thursday. Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime…
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Red Carpet Style | After Earth

Actors Will Smith, left, and Jaden Smith attend the "After Earth" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)…

Austrian drives flaming car to fire station

VIENNA (AP) — Some Austrian firefighters didn’t have to leave their station to deal with a recent alarm. The blaze came to them instead. Fireman Roland Brandl says that colleagues were doing chores at the station in the…

Stock futures move higher on buoyant mood in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures rose Thursday with a pair of government reports showing that the economy grew in the first three months of the year and that the employment outlook remains stable. Dow Jones industrial futures…

Judge OKs Calif. prosecution in cruise ship death

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in California can prosecute a man charged with strangling his ex-wife and tossing her from a cruise ship in Italy, a judge ruled. Superior Court Judge William Evans ruled Wednesday that California…

Charities see influx of aid after Okla. tornado

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week’s violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don’t need — tons…

Bon Jovi drops concert fee for crisis-hit Spain

MADRID (AP) — U.S. rock star Jon Bon Jovi and his band are waiving their performance fee for a concert in Madrid as a gesture to their Spanish fans hit hard by the country’s severe economic crisis. El…

Oil below $93 ahead of US crude inventory data

The price of oil fell below $93 a barrel Thursday amid concerns about global economic growth and as traders awaited the latest U.S. crude inventories data. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for July delivery was down…