School underway in tiny Texas town hit by blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — The first day of school is underway in West after a plant explosion that killed at least 14 people and left hundreds of people without homes. Students up to sixth grade were dropped off…

Editorials from around Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The (Toledo) Blade, April 22 A sweepstakes parlor, or In……

Editorials from around Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The (Toledo) Blade, April 22 A sweepstakes parlor, or Internet café, gives away chances to win prizes with the use of Internet…

Tempers flare at immigration hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is criticizing attempts by some to link the Boston Marathon bombings to legislation to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont says no one…

Saudi advisers propose Friday-Saturday weekend

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is taking the first steps to switch its weekend to begin on Fridays to align its banking and business days with most other nations in the region. Saudi media reports say…

Ohio agency stops mosquito testing for West Nile

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health will no longer test mosquitoes for West Nile virus. A spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/ZHx……

Ohio agency stops mosquito testing for West Nile

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health will no longer test mosquitoes for West Nile virus. A spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/ZHxIYk ) the testing program had a yearly budget of about $265,000, but Ohio…

Probation for former Miss Delaware Teen USA

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A young woman who resigned as Miss Delaware Teen USA after an online porn video surfaced has been given a year of probation for underage alcohol possession in Maryland. Nineteen-year-old Melissa King appeared…

Stocks edge down at the start of big earnings week

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower on Wall Street at the start of a big week for company earnings. About a third of the companies in the S&P 500, including Exxon Mobil and Apple, are reporting earnings…

Rhino conservationist dies in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A game reserve in Kenya plans to hold a memorial next month for Anna Merz, a conservationist who sought to protect the rhinoceros from systematic poaching that has severely depleted its numbers in Africa. The…

US home sales slip as supply remains tight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes dipped in March as the supply remained tight, though the pace remained ahead of last year’s. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales dipped to a seasonally…
Tim Ryan and Andrea Zetts

Ryan Marries Area Teacher

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan married area teacher Andrea Zetts during a private ceremony over the weekend in New York City, a spokesman confirmed. …

High court to look at Daimler appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal from automaker Daimler AG that seeks to shut down a U.S. lawsuit over allegations that its unit in Argentina played a role in that country’s ‘dirty…

Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, fun. lead Billboard awards

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a three-way tie: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and fun. are finalists in 11 categories at the Billboard Music Awards. Billboard announced the finalists Monday. Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are up…
Squirrel

Squirrels Not Cruelty Victims

Liberty police said Monday they believe the five baby squirrels found with their tails entangled on Sunday was the result of a common nesting procedure and no animal cruelty is suspected. …

6 dead in shooting in southwest Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities say a man opened fire in a southwestern town, killing at least six people before fleeing. Officials at the city hall in Belgorod said Monday that the man opened fire outside a department store,…

Stocks mixed as major companies report earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening little changed on Wall Street as investors get ready for earnings news from major U.S. companies. Nearly one-third of the 30 companies in the Dow Jones industrial average report first-quarter results…

Court won’t stop judges from getting raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t stop some federal judges from getting cost-of-living increases promised to them by Congress but never paid. The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a decision ordering the…

Libyan officers demand dismissal of military chief

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan military officers are demanding the dismissal of the army chief of staff, pledging to go on strike if he is not replaced. Hundreds of officers met late Sunday in the eastern Libyan city…