IG: unclear standards for compassionate release

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lacks clear standards on when to grant compassionate release to inmates with terminal illnesses and limited life expectancies, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Wednesday. The investigator’s office found that…

J.C. Penney ad apologizes to customers

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is sorry, and it wants your business back. That’s the gist of its latest ad, a public mea culpa that the mid-priced department-store put on its YouTube and Facebook pages. The ad,…

Comparing US Fed’s views on economy, bond-buying

A comparison of the Federal Reserve’s statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting on March 19-20: BOND-BUYING PROGRAM: March: “In determining the size, pace, and composition of its asset purchases, the Committee will continue…

J.C. Penney ad apologizes to customers

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is sorry and it wants your business back. That’s the gist of its latest ad, a public “mea culpa” which the mid-priced department-store put on its YouTube and Facebook pages. The ad,…
Internet-Cafe

Ohio Senate OKs extending Internet cafe moratorium

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill to immediately halt the expansion of Internet cafes statewide has cleared the Ohio Senate. The measure would extend a current moratorium o……
BOOK-PUBLISHING-LIBRARY

Grisham sequel to ‘A Time to Kill’ to be published

NEW YORK (AP) — The defense attorney in John Grisham’s first novel, “A Time to Kill,” is returning to the courtroom. Grisham’s new book, “Sycamore Row,” will be published Oct. 22, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Wednesday.…
Youngstown Mayoral Race

Closer Look at Mayoral Race

The three candidates running for the Democratic nomination in the May 7 mayoral primary in Youngstown talk about what sets them apart. Click on the video to see full interviews with all three. …

Text of the Federal Reserve’s statement Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here is the statement the Federal Reserve released Wednesday after its two-day policy meeting: Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate…

Fed keeps stimulus, says taxes and cuts have hurt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is standing by its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the economy. And it signaled that it could increase or decrease the pace of bond purchases depending on how the job market and inflation…

Man chugs rum, nearly drowns in Fla. sewer

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a South Florida man nearly drowned after jumping into a storm drain seeking a woman’s dropped keys — fortified first by chugging a bottle of rum to keep warm. Miami Beach…
DEER-HUNTING

Pa. game officials create 2nd diseased-deer zone

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has established a second zone where hunters must abide by stricter rules to prevent the spread of a fatal deer d……
NEWSPAPERS-BASKETBALL-COURT

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: April 30 Seattle Times on NBA player Jason Collins admitting to being gay: The May 6 edition of Sports Illustrated should make the Boy Scouts of…

Ex-lawyer convicted in terror case seeks release

NEW YORK (AP) — A once-prominent New York civil rights lawyer is building support for early release from her 10-year prison term in a terrorism case so she can fight advanced-stage cancer. Lynne Stewart says a Texas prison…

The Civil Wars return late summer with new album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Civil Wars are returning with a new album. The duo announced the news on their website Wednesday afternoon. They posted an image of the new self-titled album’s cover along with a pair of…

Religion news in brief

Bishops who filed lawsuit against Alabama immigration law feel vindicated BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Episcopal, Roman Catholic and United Methodist bishops who filed a federal lawsuit two years ago trying to stop enforcement of Alabama’s immigration law say…