Obama’s new wordsmith believes in public service

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama decided to attend a memorial service in Arizona for victims of a deadly mass shooting that severely injured then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, he needed a speech. And fast. The service was in…

Obama’s drone rules leave unanswered questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama left plenty of ambiguity in new policy guidelines that he says will restrict how and when the U.S. can launch targeted drone strikes, leaving himself significant power over how and when the…

Improving economy changes political landscape

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alleged misbehavior by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies gives the GOP something else to talk about and investigate as the economy clearly, if slowly, recovers on President Barack Obama’s watch, robbing Republicans…

Journalist and author Haynes Johnson dies at 81

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Haynes Johnson visited Selma, Ala., months after a civil rights crisis there gripped the nation, he wrote in The Washington Evening Star that he’d found “no discernible change in the racial climate of the…

Kerry makes 1st official sub-Saharan Africa trip

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Making his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday demanded that Nigeria respect human rights as it cracks down on Islamist extremists and pledged to work…

Hezbollah chief commits to victory in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group vowed to help propel President Bashar Assad to victory in Syria’s bloody civil war, warning that the fall of the Damascus regime would give rise to extremists and…
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Local Leader Speaks on Policy

The Boy Scouts of America National Council voted by secret ballot Thursday to lift the ban on openly gay members. Sixty-one percent supported the proposal.…
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North Korean Envoy Delivers Letter to China’s President

A top North Korean envoy has delivered a letter from leader Kim Jong Un to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him Pyongyang would take steps to rejoin stalled nuclear disarmament talks, in an apparent victory for Beijing's efforts to coax its unruly ally into lowering tensions.…
FILE - In this May 2, 2013 photo, pharmacist Simon Gorelikov holds a generic emergency contraceptive, also called the morning-after pill, at the Health First Pharmacy in Boston. The Obama administration on Monday, May 13, 2013 filed a last-minute appeal to delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Feds Fight Morning After Pill Age Ruling

Department of Justice lawyers filed court papers Friday again asking a federal appeals court to delay lifting age restrictions and prescription requirements on an emergency contraceptive popularly known as the morning-after pill.…

Teen in devastated Okla. town handing out hugs

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The people of the Oklahoma town where a deadly tornado struck could use just about everything — cleaning supplies, food, water, shelter. Thirteen-year-old Halle Carr thought residents of her hometown could also use a…
FILE - This May 6, 2013 file photo shows neighbor Charles Ramsey speaking to media near the home where missing women Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were rescued in Cleveland. Ramsey, the man who famously put down his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive for a decade in an Ohio house will never have to pay for another burger in his hometown. Ramsey has been promised free burgers for life at more than a dozen Cleveland-area restaurants. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Scott Shaw, File)

Kidnapping Hero Not Endorsing Free Burgers

The man who famously put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house said Friday that he's not endorsing a group of restaurants that are offering him free burgers for life and wants his name kept out of it.…
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Man Shot on South Side

Update Police said a car was shot multiple times, possibly with an assault rifle, Friday on South Avenue. …
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YSU Move to MAC Unlikely

Youngstown State would likely need to double its current athletic budget to even be considered for admission.…