Oil inches up above $93 despite US growth letdown

Oil prices pushed back above $93 per barrel Monday as sentiment in financial markets was shored up by the formation of an Italian government and expectations of an interest rate reduction from the European Central Bank later this…

Adichie focuses on Nigeria’s present for new novel

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The traffic is there, grinding life to a halt as the middle class pound out messages on BlackBerry mobile phones and worry about Facebook. The heat, the sweat and the daily tragedy of unclaimed…

Valley fever spurs call to close 2 Calif. prisons

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state’s efforts to stop the rapid spread of valley fever through two Central California prisons have been so ineffectual that it should stop placing prisoners there, a medical expert told a federal judge…

Police ID 2 jailed in foiled W. Pa. eatery heist

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Police have identified two robbery suspects arrested after investigators say they were tackled by customers and the owner of a western Pennsylvan……

Most South Koreans to leave North Korean factory

PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday approved the withdrawal of most of the remaining South Korean personnel at a jointly run industrial park in the North, South Korean officials said, with a final seven set…

Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills 7

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility…

Excited cheetah grazes face of Botswana president

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An overexcited cheetah jumped up from behind a fence and scratched the face of Botswana’s President Ian Khama, causing minor injuries, the southern African leader’s spokesman said Monday. It was “a freak accident, not an…
Chris Christie New Jersey

Christie: Obama ‘kept every promise’ on storm aid

HIGHLANDS, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that President Barack Obama “has kept every promise he’s made” about helping the state recover from Superstorm Sandy. Hours later, Obama’s housing secretary approved New Jersey’s plans to spend…

Closings expected in Philly drug kingpin’s trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Closing arguments are expected in the case of a convicted Philadelphia drug kingpin charged in the deaths of 11 people, including six in the 2004 fi……

Rep. King questions Moscow’s cooperation with FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the House Homeland Security Committee says the FBI would have carried out a much more intense investigation of two men now suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings if the Russians had informed…

Hearing called on Cincinnati streetcar project

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati city official has called a public hearing to get some answers about the troubled downtown streetcar project. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls……

Futures rise as Americans ignore taxes and spend

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures rebounded Monday after last week’s lackluster economic growth numbers, with new government data showing an uptick in consumer spending. Americans appear to be largely unfazed by higher taxes, as spending and…

CBS’ Miller rises above the fray in Boston case

NEW YORK (AP) — If John Miller had scheduled an earlier flight, the CBS News coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath would have been much weaker. Miller was driving home on the afternoon of April…

Worker gets prison for damaging Pa. gas pipeline

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A former construction worker has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for purposefully damaging a natural gas pipeline in central Penns……

Major assassination attempts in Syria’s conflict

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition forces have targeted government officials, army and police officers and civil servants in their campaign to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime. Here is a list of some of the major assassination attempts in…

Israel lawmaker: Hezbollah getting chemical arms

JERUSALEM (AP) — A former Israeli defense minister alleged Monday that Syria’s chemical weapons are “trickling” to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. It was the first such claim by a senior politician in Israel, but he did not…

Kuwait court keeps jail time for Twitter insult

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwait appeals court says an online activist must serve a jail sentence for Twitter posts deemed offensive to the Gulf nation’s ruler, but the prison term was reduced from two years to one.…

Man perishes in northwest Ohio fire

DAMASCUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man died in a weekend fire in northeast Ohio. The fire department in Damascus said the body of the victim was found in the basement……
Michael Hartzell

Fallen Officer Remembered

Monday marks the tenth anniversary of the murder of Youngstown police officer Michael Hartzell. …