Navy: 2 leaders face charges in deaths of 2 divers

The Navy says two senior leaders face involuntary manslaughter and dereliction-of-duty charges in the drowning deaths of two divers at Aberdeen Proving Ground near Baltimore. A Navy spokeswoman said Wednesday the unidentified defendants are “senior leaders” in Mobile…

Computer glitches derail school tests in 4 states

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and even determine teachers’ pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators’ computer systems. Thousands of students in Indiana, Oklahoma and…

Fewer health applicants than expected in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials say they’ve received applications from just six insurance carriers wanting to sell 165 health policies on the online insurance marketplace that’s a cornerstone of the nation’s new health care law. The number of…

Wis. mom gets up to 10 years for baby’s 1957 death

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman convicted of killing her baby more than 50 years ago has been sentenced to prison for up to 10 years. Seventy-six-year-old Ruby C. Klokow (KLOH’-koh) of Sheboygan pleaded no contest three…

How Fed policymakers affect the economy

The Federal Reserve’s chief policymaking group, the Federal Open Market Committee, has vast power over the economy through its ability to set monetary policy. Here is a look at how the FOMC operates. Q: What is the FOMC’s…

US keeps Cuba on state sponsors of terrorism list

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it has no plans to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism when it issues an upcoming annual report on terrorism. The decision announced Wednesday by State…

No danger for NASA workers after Ohio evacuation

CLEVELAND (AP) — A NASA spokeswoman in Ohio says a substance that led to the evacuation of two buildings at a research facility in Cleveland turned out to be non-hazardo……

Activision summons new ‘Call of Duty’ video game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Activision is trading “Modern Warfare” for “Ghosts.” The video game publisher announced Wednesday that the next installment in its successful “Call of Duty” franchise will be titled “Call of Duty: Ghosts” and feature a…

Mitch Albom switches publishers, has 3-book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom, one of the country’s most popular authors, has a new publisher and a new novel coming this fall. The author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” has a three-book deal with Harper, an imprint…

Gitmo closure elusive, Obama looks at other steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s vow to try again to close the Guantanamo Bay prison remains a tough sell in Congress. So the White House may look instead toward smaller steps like transferring some terror suspects back…

Syrian president showing renewed confidence

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies are showing renewed confidence that the momentum in the civil war is shifting in their favor, due in part to the rapid rise of al-Qaida-linked extremists among the…
STOCK MARKET

Stocks sink as economic outlook dims; Dow off 138

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market fell the most in two weeks as the outlook for the economy grew dimmer. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 138 points to close at 14,701 Wednesday. The Standard & Poor’s…

3 boys charged in north Philly toy gun harassment

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors in Philadelphia say three juveniles have been charged in incident in which boys were seen on surveillance video threatening people w……
Austintown School Sold

School Property Sold

The Austintown School Board announced the sale of the former middle school property on Mahoning Avenue.…

Va. journal hires Library of Congress director

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A top literary journal founded in 1925 has hired a Library of Congress director to be its new editor. The Virginia Quarterly Review announced Wednesday that W. Ralph Eubanks will take over as editor,…

‘The Testament of Mary’ to close this Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Testament of Mary,” which earned three Tony Award nominations, won’t be around next month when they’re handed out. Producers said the one-woman show by Colm Toibin that imagines the Virgin Mary’s life after…
Prison Ambulance

Dog bites off piece of Ohio prison inmate’s nose

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says a rescue dog bit off part of an Ohio prison inmate’s nose after the prisoner tripped and fell on the dog. A report of the April 18……
Prostitution Arrest

US: Women in NY, NJ forced into sex 25 times a day

NEW YORK (AP) — The young Mexican women were driven to rural New Jersey, where their handlers used threats to make them have sex with 25 farmworkers a day. Or they were confined to dingy brothels in the…
ANONYMOUS

Man tied to hacking group Anonymous back in court

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who once acted as a de facto spokesman for the hacking group Anonymous has new attorneys who say the case against him raises questions about free speech and Internet freedom. Barrett Brown…