Barbara weakens to tropical storm, kills 2 people

OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Barbara drenched a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s southern Pacific coast with rain Wednesday after making the second-earliest landfall since reliable record-keeping began in 1966. It quickly lost strength over land but not…

Five Stairsteps singer Clarence Burke Jr. dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit “O-o-h Child,” has died. He was 64. Burke died on Sunday — a day after his birthday —…

New Jack Welch book coming next year

NEW YORK (AP) — The themes of Jack Welch’s next book: clarity and change. The former General Electric CEO and his wife, Suzy Welch, have a deal with Harper Business for a book to come out in May…

French president’s wine on sale

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 these…
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2 Plead Guilty in Feds’ Probe of Pilot Flying J

Two employees of the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam have pleaded guilty in a federal probe of the company's business practices.…

Neil Patrick Harris returning to host Emmycast

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys again. It’s the second go-around for the TV, film and stage star. He last did the honors at the “Prime Time Emmy Awards” in 2009.…

Colombian rebel rejects peace talks deadline

HAVANA (AP) — A leading peace negotiator of Colombia’s main rebel group has rejected the government’s insistence that talks wrap up by November ahead of national elections, saying the president should not put his personal ambition ahead of…
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Wean Building Wins Award

The Raymond Jean Wean Foundation building in Warren was awarded as the best commercial rehabilitation project in the state by Heritage Ohio. …

Andre 3000′s mother dies 1 day after his birthday

NEW YORK (AP) — Andre 3000′s mother died in her sleep early Tuesday at her Georgia home, a representative for the rapper at the firm Sunshine Sachs said Wednesday. Sharon Benjamin-Hodo was 58. She died in Rex, Ga.…
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W. Pa. Church Group Ends Gas Drilling Moratorium

A Pittsburgh religious group has voted to end a yearlong moratorium on shale gas development on church property, which could clear the way for construction of a gas pipeline.…
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Pa. House GOP Rolls Out State Budget Proposal

Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania House say they want a state budget for next year that would spend about $100 million less than the governor has proposed but about $600 million more than what passed a year ago.…
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Siemens Donates to YSU

Siemens, the electronics and electrical engineering company, on Wednesday donated $440 million to Youngstown State University students working with the National Additive Manufacturing Institute.…
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Weapons Training at YARS

The Youngstown Air Reserve Station warned nearby residents in Vienna they will be conducting weapons training overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.…