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. …

Guilty pleas in Ohio rape Twitter threat case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two teenage girls have been sentenced to probation after guilty pleas in the case of threatening tweets sent after a guilty verdict in a high-prof……

Attorney general out of Va. ex-mansion chef case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge has granted Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s request to withdraw from the politically charged embezzlement case against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef. Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer on Thursday deferred until May 14…

Jay-Z joins pitch to redevelop suburban NY arena

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Jay-Z is part of a group trying to renovate Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum outside New York City. The rapper and music mogul attended a meeting Thursday on Long Island, where the media was briefed…

Jurors hear voicemail saying Jackson was sick

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…

Hagel: US rethinking possibly arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming rebels opposed to the Syrian government. Hagel told a Pentagon news conference that the administration is considering a range of options.…

Oil drilling technology leaps, clean energy lags

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae — or…

A visual glance at energy terms and technologies

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a look at some key energy terms and technologies. HORIZONTAL DRILLING: Companies used to drill wells straight down into the earth to tap pools of oil and gas that had formed over millions…

Sore thumbs? US text messaging declines

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are saying goodbye to text messaging, a wireless industry group says, as Internet-based applications such as Apple’s Messages are starting to taking over from what was once a cash cow for phone companies.…

Vegas taxicab strike ends as new contract signed

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 2-month-old taxicab strike has ended in Las Vegas after management with the Yellow-Checker-Star cab company agreed to pay drivers a larger share of the meter revenue and allow more flexible scheduling. A contract…