Turkmen leader’s horse fall hidden from nation

MOSCOW (AP) — Seeing the president slam face-first into the ground after falling from a speeding horse would be a shock to any nation. In authoritarian Turkmenistan, many residents didn’t even get the chance. President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov apparently…

Guantanamo strike still on despite new Obama vow

MIAMI (AP) — The Guantanamo Bay hunger strike is apparently still on despite President Barack Obama’s renewed vow on closing the prison on the U.S. base in Cuba. A U.S. military spokesman says there are still 100 prisoners…

SW Pa. hospital seeks partnership with network

WINDBER, Pa. (AP) — A rural southwestern Pennsylvania hospital says in a letter to employees that it is seeking a “strategic relationship” with a larger……

Stocks fall on jobs concerns, fall in Merck profit

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is falling early after a survey showed U.S. companies added the fewest jobs in seven months and Merck reported a lower quarterly profit. Shortly after the market opened, the Dow Jones…

Business advocates defend Corbett’s comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Business advocates are defending Gov. Tom Corbett’s comments about too many Pennsylvanians being unemployed because they cannot pass……

Appeals court upholds new Pittsburgh billboard law

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld a Pittsburgh ordinance regulating the size, location and other features of electronic billboards — including how b……

Ducklings rescued from storm drain in central Pa.

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Fourteen ducklings are OK after they fell into a storm drain while following their mother across a central Pennsylvania parking lot and had to be flushe……

Bolivia president expels US government aid agency

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales said Wednesday he is expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from Bolivia for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government. Morales did not specify what USAID had done that…

Report shows persistence of TV violence

NEW YORK (AP) — Violence, gore and gunplay were staples on prime-time television even in the most sensitive period directly following the Newtown school shooting. A study of 392 prime-time scripted programs on broadcast networks shown during the…

Ohio city manager proposes streetcar gap remedies

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s city manager is proposing putting off other projects and taking on more debt to close a $17.4 million funding gap for the downtow……

US Treasury says debt auctions could be trimmed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says it could begin decreasing the size of some of its debt auctions in coming months based on an improving deficit situation that will allow it to pay back some of the…

5-year-old boy shoots 2-year-old sister in Ky.

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A southern Kentucky coroner says the mother of a 5-year-old boy who fatally shot his 2-year-old sister had just stepped away onto the porch when the shooting occurred. Cumberland County Coroner Gary White tells…

Prayer vigil set at site of planned Pa. strip club

BROGUE, Pa. (AP) — A church group is planning to hold a prayer vigil this weekend at the site of a proposed strip club in York County. The York Daily Record reports (http:/……

Police: W. Pa. man tried to blame DUI on grandma

ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania man tried to blame his drunken driving on his grandmother. The only problem is, she wasn’t there. Twenty……

Police: Passed out Pa. dad let girl, 2, wander

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges that his 2-year-old daughter was found wandering outside while police found him so drunk he……

Survey: Private employers add just 119K in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows U.S. companies added just 119,000 jobs in April, the fewest in seven months. The report Wednesday from payroll processor ADP suggests that government spending cuts and higher taxes could be starting…

Suspect in Pa. guard’s killing sent to Supermax

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — An inmate suspected of killing a corrections officer at a federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania has been transferred to the federal Su……

Pittsburgh mayor behind ads attacking candidate

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s lame-duck mayor is behind ads attacking one of the candidates running to replace him, City Councilman Bill Peduto. Mayor Luke R……