Iraq, Shell officially kick off major gas project

BAGHDAD (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell says it has officially kicked off a multibillion-dollar project to tap natural gas in Iraq’s south. The $17 billion joint venture will gather, process and market associated gas, a by-product of producing…

Venezuela tensions high after congressional brawl

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan lawmakers punched, kicked and shoved one another as a postelection conflict between President Hugo Chavez’s heirs and rivals blew up into a brawl on the floor of congress. Tuesday night’s clash erupted when…

Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan April US sales up

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years. A rebound in pickup truck sales led the way, especially…

Oil sinks to near $92 on China manufacturing data

The price of oil dropped to near $92 a barrel on Wednesday after data showed a slowdown in China’s manufacturing growth and a rise in U.S. crude stocks. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for June delivery…

Penn State to put $20M into its online academy

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University is funneling $20 million into its online learning academy and hopes to nearly quadruple enrollment. The Centre Daily T……

Keith Richards: I don’t own an iPod

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s rock royalty and likes to keep it old-school: Keith Richards says he doesn’t own an iPod. The Rolling Stones guitarist says he isn’t a fan of the ultra-popular music device. “I don’t have…

Italy race problems seen with black gov’t minister

ROME (AP) — It was hailed as a giant step forward for racial integration in a country that has long been ill at ease with its growing immigrant classes. But Cecile Kyenge’s appointment as Italy’s first black Cabinet…

Horsetrack hold up pt.2

Penn National Gaming meets with the Ohio Horse Racing Commission…
Horsetrack hold up

Horsetrack hold up

Penn National Gaming meets with the Ohio Horse Racing Commission…

Ohio inmate charged in slaying of cellmate

CHIILICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A 21-year-old Ohio prison inmate has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the slaying of a cellmate. Logan Alan Murphy was charged in the……

Congo’s M23 rebels say peace talks in trouble

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Congolese rebel movement M23 has suspended peace talks with Congo’s government, a rebel spokesman said Wednesday, increasing fears of renewed violence in the country’s troubled east. The rebels say it is meaningless to…

O Music Awards set to return June 19

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 50 bands will help keep the party rolling for 24 hours during the O Music Awards. The show put on by MTV, VH1 and CMT that celebrates music and counter culture will…

Syria’s Assad in rare visit as rockets hit capital

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian activists are reporting that that several rockets have fallen on a popular Damascus neighborhood. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rockets fell on the Bab Mesalla neighborhood in central Damascus.…

No charges after bullet hits Pa. school window

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say no charges will be filed against four men who were target shooting when a bullet struck an el……

Van Gogh Museum reopens with display on his craft

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has reopened after a seven-month renovation, kicking off with “Vincent At Work,” an exhibition that shows the famously tortured artist’s working methods, right down to the paints, brushes and…

Futures mixed on lackluster jobs numbers from ADP

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures were mixed Wednesday ahead of a flood of economic indicators and corporate earnings, after a lukewarm report on jobs. A survey by the payroll processor ADP indicated that U.S. companies added…

Cubs chairman threatens to move team from Wrigley

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts says the team needs to install a 6,000 square foot video board at Wrigley Field because it would bring in much needed revenue. Addressing the City Club of Chicago Wednesday,…

Ohio pension fund board won’t seek travel funds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two board members of an Ohio public employees pension fund are withdrawing their controversial efforts to seek reimbursement for a trip to Hawai……

Activists call for release of imam in Gambia

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Activists in Gambia are calling on the government to release an imam who has been jailed for five months. Imam Baba Leigh has been missing since December and is believed to have been detained…