US rate on 15-year mortgage at record 2.56 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage fell to a new record low last week, and the rate on the 30-year fixed loan declined. Cheaper mortgages have encouraged more home-buying and refinancing. Mortgage…

Studios go direct to fans for social-media boost

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes you just can’t wait for Comic-Con — whether you’re a fan or a filmmaker. With the summer movie season now beginning in early May (“Iron Man 3″ opens Friday), studios are co-opting the…

AP Interview: New job for son of toppled shah

PARIS (AP) — The son of Iran’s toppled shah has a new job as spokesman for a nascent movement to press for free and fair elections in his homeland. Reza Pahlavi said Thursday that his Paris-based collective, the…

Stocks gain after unemployment claims fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising in early trading on Wall Street Thursday following encouraging news about the job market and higher profits from CBS, Facebook and other companies. Signs that hiring is picking up has been…
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Two Injured in Crash

Two people were injured Wednesday in a head-on crash in Lawrence County. …

Ferran Adria brings elBulli exhibition to London

LONDON (AP) — You’ve eaten at the restaurant — or probably you haven’t. Now visit the exhibition. Spanish chef Ferran Adria, the man behind the late, lamented elBulli restaurant, is bringing an exhibition dedicated to the art and…

Warrant: Pa. bus driver had mismatched pills

EVANS CITY, Pa. (AP) — Police say in a search warrant that the driver of a rural western Pennsylvania transit bus for senior citizens and people with disabilities had pi……

Funeral set for Harrisburg Roman Catholic bishop

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A funeral is scheduled next week for Bishop Joseph McFadden of the Roman Catholic diocese of Harrisburg. The 65-year-0ld McFadden died unexpecte……

Credit-easing steps by central banks, at a glance

The European Central Bank cut its key interest rate Thursday by a quarter percentage point to a new all-time low of 0.5 percent, a move aimed at giving the eurozone economy a push as it struggles to get…
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West Middlesex Baseball Stats (5/1)

The Big Reds' pitching staff has been led by Michael Ginther, who has compiled 2 complete games and a 4-0 record so far this season.…

ICE probes human trafficking report at Va. home

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Immigration officials are investigating a report of human trafficking at a home owned by Saudi Arabia in northern Virginia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brandon Montgomery says agents went to the home in McLean…

Witherspoon: I panicked the night of my arrest

ATLANTA (AP) — Actress Reese Witherspoon recalls that she panicked and said “crazy things” the night she was arrested in Atlanta on a disorderly conduct charge. During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Witherspoon repeatedly apologized for…

Grand Canyon redesigns Bright Angel trailhead

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The start of one of the Grand Canyon’s most iconic and popular trails has been redesigned and now includes an etched rock sign marking the Bright Angel trailhead. The revamped area…

2 pounds of loose skin removed from fat Oregon dog

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Obie the formerly obese dachshund is recovering after surgery at an Oregon veterinary clinic that removed 2 1/2 pounds of loose skin. Owner Nora Vanatta told KGW (http://bit.ly/YdQvgy ) the surgery this week at…

Ohio court rules against board in closed meetings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that the Columbus school board can’t legally close its meetings to the public simply by having an attorney in the room and c……

Police: Man finds decaying money in W. Pa. woods

CLARION, Pa. (AP) — State police are trying to find the owner of a large stash of decaying cash that was found in some western Pennsylvania woods. Troopers from the barra……

Logging halted after damage to archaeological site

CHESTER, Calif. (AP) — A California logging project has been stopped after Pacific Gas and Electric workers apparently damaged American Indian archaeological sites in Humbug Valley. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/10u1lvt ) that logging equipment had broken a…
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Charges: Woman Embezzled $100K

The manager of a Lawrence County credit union is facing charges she embezzled more than $100,000 from the company. …

Minaj, Chris Brown to perform at Billboard Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj and her mentor, Lil Wayne, will join forces for a performance at the Billboard Music Awards, to be presented May 19 in Las Vegas. Billboard announced additional performers Thursday. They include Chris…