Williams-Sonoma to pay $987,500 penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Housewares retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. has agreed to pay a $987,500 civil penalty to settle charges that it failed to immediately report a defect in Pottery Barn wooden hammock stands. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which…

Ammonium nitrate was explosive in West plant blast

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials have determined that ammonium nitrate stored at a Texas fertilizer plant is what exploded on April 17, killing 14 people and injuring hundreds. The finding was expected, and officials had said they were…
Route 422 Strip

The End Of An Era

In its heyday, the Route 422 strip that ran from Alberini’s in Niles to the Brown Derby in Warren featured the finest restaurants anywhere. But with the recent closing of Alberini’s, Café 422 is the only one of the old-time restaurants left.…
Calling Hours for Jerry McCarthy

Fallen Officer Remembered

Hundreds of people poured into a New Castle church Monday to say goodbye to Shenango Township police officer Jerry McCarthy. …

Clinton announces Latin America initiative

NEW YORK (AP) — The Clinton Global Initiative is taking its formula of a powerhouse gathering of global leaders to a new part of the world. Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that the first Clinton Global Initiative…

In Calif, some ships plug in to power up

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — In less than a year, many of the towering cargo ships loading and unloading goods at California ports won’t just tie up at dock — they’ll also plug in. In January, the state…

Diplomat: US team stopped from going to Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — A team of U.S. special forces ready to head to Benghazi, Libya, after the assault on the American diplomatic mission had ended was told to stand down, according to a former top diplomat. Gregory Hicks…

Man convicted in courthouse death erupts in court

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Houston man convicted of capital murder for a slaying during a shooting spree last year outside a Texas courthouse called his case a “mockery of justice” and a “lynching” during a profanity-filled tirade…

Where notorious criminals have been buried

Whether it’s a genocidal dictator or a gunman behind a mass shooting, debate often flares over where the notorious should be laid to rest. Concerns about gravesite vandalism, possible backlash from the public and some sites becoming shrines…

Mass. funeral director chasing burial offers

BOSTON (AP) — A friend of the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was released from federal custody Monday amid a swell of support from family and friends as a Massachusetts funeral director tried to find a…

At California port, some ships plug in to power up

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — In less than a year, many of the diesel-powered cargo ships docking at California ports won’t just tie up — they’ll also plug in. The Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest in the…

What will the online sales tax bill mean for you?

NEW YORK (AP) — Congress is considering legislation that would give states the ability to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes. If the measure passes, consumers would lose a loophole that has resulted in years of tax-free…

Airman who led sex assault unit charged in groping

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — An Air Force officer who led the branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit has been charged with groping a woman in a parking lot. Arlington County Police said Monday that they charged Lt.…

Ally of slain politician suspects political motive

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — A close ally of a charismatic but divisive politician killed by two assailants in Curacao says he believes the lawmaker was slain in a politically motivated attack. Donald Valentina is the president of the…

APNewsBreak: Harry to visit storm-wrecked NJ town

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of a storm-wrecked New Jersey shore town says England’s Prince Harry will visit next week before heading to a news conference elsewhere in the state. Mantoloking (mahn-toh-LOH’-king) Mayor George Nebel…
Niles Theft

Niles Police Warn of Theft

Niles police is asking residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity after a string of burglaries in the city. …

ACT to start giving tests digitally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Goodbye, No. 2 pencils. Hello, iPads. Starting as early as spring 2015, the ACT college admissions exam will go digital, reflecting students’ tech savvy and the demand for quicker results. The tests will still have…

Pa. House passes proposal to lower business taxes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House is giving its approval to a bill that would eventually cut business taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars a year while i……

Calif agency says PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading…