The Mansion: the new VIP way to watch the Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The historic home of the Kentucky Derby has undergone facelifts, upgrades and minor touch ups over the last decade that amount to most significant changes at Churchill Downs since the twin spires were erected…

NY biotech financier gets prison for stock scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York City displayed anger as she handed down a four-year prison sentence to a biotechnology financier who was once among the nation’s wealthiest people. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon…
Mental Health Forum

Forum Focuses on Mental Health

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, a Case Western Reserve research associate talked with community leaders and organizations in Lisbon about how they can promote resiliency in youth and foster good behavior.…
Green Team poster winners

Green Team Winners Named

The Recycling Division received 1,390 entries from Mahoning County public, private and parochial schools. …

Prison for man who struck 4 Pa. troopers with car

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced for hitting four state troopers with his Jeep during an undercover drug sting. The Scranton Ti……

Saudi Arabia reports 7 cases of SARS-like virus

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says five people have died and two other patients are in critical condition with confirmed cases of a new respiratory virus related to SARS. The ministry said on Thursday…

Kurtz leaves DailyBeast after retracted blog post

NEW YORK (AP) — Columnist Howard Kurtz left The Daily Beast on Thursday, a day after the website retracted one of his blog posts about the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins. Both Kurtz and Daily Beast…

Pa. abortion trial deliberations go on; no verdict

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury has finished its second full day of deliberations in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion doctor without reaching a verdict. Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged in the deaths of four babies allegedly…
Bristol Oil Spill

Oil Spill Investigated

Investigators are trying to determine if a family dispute caused an oil spill in Bristol Township. …

Officials: No breakthrough yet in Texas explosion

WEST, Texas (AP) — Investigators using high-tech equipment in an effort to figure out what caused a massive, deadly fertilizer plant explosion in Texas have talked to more than 370 people and received more than 200 tips, but…
Athena Award winner

Woman Wins Athena Award

JoAnn McBride of New Castle was one of eight women honored at the inaugural Lawrence/Mercer County ATHENA Award celebration. …

Better jobs news, higher profits lift stock prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news about the job market and higher profits from CBS, Facebook and other companies sent stock prices higher on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 130 points, or 0.9 percent, to…

Former hostage left bemused by UK piracy mix up

LONDON (AP) — Arrrrgh! That must’ve been embarrassing. A man held hostage by Somali pirates says he was bemused when he encountered a crowd of eye patch-wearing, plastic sword-wielding women on the lecture circuit earlier this month. Colin…
A rail car caught fire on Thursday.

Torch Sparks Railcar Fire

Sparks from a cutting torch are apparently responsible for a blaze late this morning at a railroad yard in Youngstown, officials said.…

US extends Myanmar sanctions authority for 1 year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is extending by one year the president’s authority to re-impose tough sanctions against Myanmar, a move to prevent backsliding on democratic reforms. But to sweeten the pill, the administration is easing some…
Dave Ditzler

Block Grants Spread Thin

Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler expressed concerns with the new way Community Development Block Grants are distributed.…

Homeless mom’s trial opens in baby’s shelter death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer for a mother-of-six charged with starving her baby to death at a Philadelphia a homeless shelter says his client is “a scapegoat” for the failings of social workers, doctors and city officials. Tanya…

US seeks data on account holders at Caribbean bank

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. taxpayers who stashed money in one of the Caribbean’s largest banks without telling the Internal Revenue Service could be in trouble. The U.S. government has obtained a court order to collect the names of…

Voicemail from Jackson’s manager played in court

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer’s doctor and said Jackson was sick. A voicemail from the manager was played Thursday for a Los Angeles jury in the lawsuit by…

US economic reports hold out hope for hiring gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people are losing their jobs. Employers are struggling to squeeze more work from their staffs. The U.S. is producing so much oil that imports are plunging, narrowing the trade deficit. A string of data…