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…

Court: Fewer Pa. children living in foster homes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania court officials say the number of abused and neglected children living in foster homes is declining because of stepped-up effort……

Governor signs repeal of death penalty in Md.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone Thursday as Maryland become the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty. Passage of the bill was a significant victory for Democratic…

Judge OKs release Illinois man charged with terror

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to release an Illinois teenager charged with trying to support a foreign terrorist organization. U.S. Magistrate Daniel Martin ruled Thursday that 18-year-old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi could be released under home…

Pentagon report: NKorea moving toward nuke missile

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says North Korea appears headed toward its announced goal, which is to be able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear-armed missile. In a report to Congress Thursday, the Pentagon made no estimate…

Rubio seeks to boost border language in new bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says a new immigration bill he helped write needs stronger border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may even struggle to pass the Senate. The Florida Republican is…

Man killed after firing shot at Houston airport

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say shots have been fired at the city’s largest international airport and at least one man has been injured. Houston police spokesman John Cannon says a call came in at 1:35 p.m. on…

PSU to spend $8.5 million on wireless network

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s main campus is planning an $8.5 million overhaul of its wireless network. The Centre Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly……
Day of Prayer

Prayers and Music Fill Plaza

The first National Day of Prayer took place 61 years ago on the first Thursday in May. Thursday, the tradition continued as more than 100 people gathered in downtown Youngstown to take part in the annual event. …
MARIJUANA

Hagan Proposes Marijuana Bills

A resolution introduced Thursday by state Rep. Bob Hagan would allow voters to approve or deny legalizing marijuana. …
Warren Council

Council Pres. Races Lively

Candidates in Youngstown and Warren are looking to take the helm in their respective cities as council president. Click on the video to watch full interviews with each candidate. …