Mitch Albom switches publishers, has 3-book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom, one of the country’s most popular authors, has a new publisher and a new novel coming this fall. The author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” has a three-book deal with Harper, an imprint…

Gitmo closure elusive, Obama looks at other steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s vow to try again to close the Guantanamo Bay prison remains a tough sell in Congress. So the White House may look instead toward smaller steps like transferring some terror suspects back…

Syrian president showing renewed confidence

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies are showing renewed confidence that the momentum in the civil war is shifting in their favor, due in part to the rapid rise of al-Qaida-linked extremists among the…
STOCK MARKET

Stocks sink as economic outlook dims; Dow off 138

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market fell the most in two weeks as the outlook for the economy grew dimmer. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 138 points to close at 14,701 Wednesday. The Standard & Poor’s…
Austintown School Sold

School Property Sold

The Austintown School Board announced the sale of the former middle school property on Mahoning Avenue.…

Va. journal hires Library of Congress director

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A top literary journal founded in 1925 has hired a Library of Congress director to be its new editor. The Virginia Quarterly Review announced Wednesday that W. Ralph Eubanks will take over as editor,…

‘The Testament of Mary’ to close this Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Testament of Mary,” which earned three Tony Award nominations, won’t be around next month when they’re handed out. Producers said the one-woman show by Colm Toibin that imagines the Virgin Mary’s life after…
Prostitution Arrest

US: Women in NY, NJ forced into sex 25 times a day

NEW YORK (AP) — The young Mexican women were driven to rural New Jersey, where their handlers used threats to make them have sex with 25 farmworkers a day. Or they were confined to dingy brothels in the…
ANONYMOUS

Man tied to hacking group Anonymous back in court

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who once acted as a de facto spokesman for the hacking group Anonymous has new attorneys who say the case against him raises questions about free speech and Internet freedom. Barrett Brown…
All-American-Conference

All-American Conference to Expand

Update Six teams have been officially invited to join the All-American Conference, which expands the conference to a total of twenty-one teams. …

Chevron announces possible regional HQ

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chevron says it plans to buy 61 acres of land near Pittsburgh for possible use as a new regional headquarters. Chevron’s Appalachian unit anno……

US institute: NKorea reactor nearing completion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S.-based institute says North Korea is nearing completion of a light-water reactor that’s intended to generate electricity but could add to concern over its nuclear program. Satellite photos, the latest taken this month, show…

Official: Arrested student entered US without visa

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal law enforcement official says one of the students from Kazakhstan arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings was allowed to return to the United States this year despite not having a valid student…

Dry winter, warming trend foretell wildfire danger

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two small wildfires in California’s wine country this week could be a harbinger of a nasty summer fire season across the West. Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday a dry winter…

Wash. inmate being tried for prison guard killing

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state inmate is standing trial on charges he strangled a corrections officer to death with an amplifier cord in the chapel. The aggravated murder trial began Wednesday in Everett for Byron Scherf,…

Pink Floyd poser arrested for theft by swindle

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A man is accused of pretending to be a member of rock band Pink Floyd at a Minnesota hospital — and racking up as much as $100,000 in unpaid medical bills. Police say…

Texas man convicted in killing yells at judge

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The start of the trial penalty phase for a Houston man convicted of killing a 79-year-old bystander during a shooting rampage outside a courthouse was delayed Wednesday by his angry outbursts. “Where’s the American…