US officials: More in favor of arming Syria rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Discussions within the Obama administration in favor of providing arms to the Syrian rebels are gaining ground amid new indications that President Bashar Assad’s regime may have launched additional chemical weapons attacks, U.S. and other…

Obama to pitch immigration overhaul in Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has his domestic ambition at the top of his travel agenda as he travels to Mexico on Thursday. To sell his immigration overhaul back home, he needs a growing economy in Mexico…

Ohio concealed weapons licenses up in early 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state attorney general says the number of Ohio licenses issued for carrying concealed weapons in the first three months of this year increase……

RI to become 10th state allowing gay marriage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is joining nine other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) plans to sign gay marriage legislation into law Thursday following…

Final sections of 1 WTC spire to be lifted to roof

NEW YORK (AP) — The final pieces of the spire that will top One World Trade Center — and make it soar to a symbolic 1,776 feet when fully installed — are scheduled to be raised up to…

For 3, bomb suspect’s friendship leads to charges

BOSTON (AP) — Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who’d become suspicious after…

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. Kerm……

Indians angry at convicted spy’s death in Pakistan

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indians expressed outrage at the Pakistan government Thursday over the death of a convicted Indian spy who had been attacked with a brick by two fellow inmates in a Pakistan prison, a development New…

Ohio executes man who killed, raped 6-month-old

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio man convicted of killing a 6-month-old girl while raping her has been executed despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her. Steve……

Penn State board to weigh governance reforms

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Proposals to change how Penn State is governed are headed to the school’s full Board of Trustees. The changes would include reducing th……

Papua New Guinea proposes firing-squad executions

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Following a number of high-profile killings related to sorcery, Papua New Guinea’s government is pushing for the South Pacific nation’s first execution and says firing squads would be a humane and inexpensive method. Papua…

New video shows van in missing Mich. woman case

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan police chief has released a second surveillance video showing a van that’s believed to be connected to the disappearance of a 25-year-old mother and gas station night clerk. Norton Shores…

Early Hollywood teen star Deanna Durbin dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deanna Durbin, the teen sensation whose sparkling soprano voice and girl-next-door looks made her a star during Hollywood’s Golden Age, has died, a family friend said Wednesday. She was 91. Durbin died on about…

Authorities examining human remains found in Ohio

HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are examining human remains they believe could be those of a man who disappeared in December. WBNS-TV reports (bit.ly/14Yo9Mv) tha……

Authorities examining human remains found in Ohio

HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are examining human remains they believe could be those of a man who disappeared in December. WBNS-TV reports (bit.ly/14Yo9Mv) tha……

Study: Food, skin allergies increasing in children

NEW YORK (AP) — Experts say they’re not sure why parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children. A big government study says 1 in 20 children in the U.S. have food allergies That’s a…

YouTube says the battle with TV is already over

NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube vs. TV? YouTube says the battle — if there ever was one — is over. In a flashy presentation to advertisers Wednesday night, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt declined to forecast that Internet…

Chinese incursion leaves India on verge of crisis

NEW DELHI (AP) — The platoon of Chinese soldiers slipped across the boundary into India in the middle of the night, according to Indian officials. They were ferried across the bitterly cold moonscape in Chinese army vehicles, then…
Mercer dog abuse case

Dog Dies in Mercer

Employees from the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter in Hermitage found a male adult boxer tied up outside the shelter last week. The dog was very emaciated and later died. …