John Galliano to teach master class at Parsons

NEW YORK (AP) — John Galliano is continuing his path back to the fashion world with a planned stop at Parsons The New School of Design in New York City. The college said Monday that Galliano will teach…

Ohio officials concerned by GOP leader’s tax liens

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Elected officials who signed a letter endorsing Matthew Borges (BOHR’-jihs) as the next chairman of the Ohio Republican Party have asked him to resolve and explain the tax liens he’s accrued before Friday’s election.…

Pope Francis, in his own words, on the issues

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Before he became pope, Francis spoke his mind about many of the most sensitive topics the Roman Catholic church faces today. Here is a sampling from “On Heaven and Earth,” published in 2012,…

Report: Bus driver says he may have blacked out

DALLAS (AP) — The driver involved in a fatal North Texas bus crash told authorities he may have blacked out in the moments before the bus careened off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier, officials said Monday.…

Red Cross: At least 187 killed in Nigeria violence

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Fighting between soldiers and Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria killed at least 187 people, the worst single incident of violence in the region since an insurgency there began three years ago, an aid agency…

Woman convicted in Huey Lewis car theft in Calif.

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A woman will be sentenced in May in Northern California for the theft of a rental car and laptop from singer Huey Lewis. Katherine Bowyer Gallagher has pleaded guilty to a felony charge…

Gov’t seeks 45 years for Christian group attacker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a Virginia man who planned a mass killing at the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group should spend 45 years in prison for his plot. Prosecutors filed a court document Friday…
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Festival Death Investigated

Columbiana County Sheriffs are investigating the possible overdose death of an Akron man on Saturday at the PLUR Stock 2013 event. …

Obama’s inaugural raised $43 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s inaugural committee raised more than $43 million for his second inauguration, with corporations chipping in a major portion. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show the committee fell about $7 million…

Vatican official: Romero saint effort ‘unblocked’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican official spearheading the case to make slain Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador a saint said Tuesday the process is moving forward under Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, after years…

Diaz, Erdrich among finalists for Carnegie prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Junot Diaz and Louise Erdrich are among the finalists for a literary prize chosen by the American Library Association. Diaz’s “This Is How You Lose Her” and Erdrich’s “The Round House” are nominees for…

Bikini ban: Emirate sets fines for skimpy swimwear

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bikinis and briefs are no longer welcome on some sands in the United Arab Emirates. Authorities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches…

Pa. students moved to different school after fire

LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) — Students in a suburban Philadelphia district will finish the year in a different building after a fire seriously damaged their high school. The William Penn School District says students at Penn Wood High School…

Kosovo, Serbia close to deal but questions remain

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s prime minister summed up sentiment on both sides: “Don’t expect us to start loving each other.” Hashim Thaci spoke days after he reached a deal with his Serbian counterpart to normalize ties —…

Fiction and nonfiction works honored in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Fiction works “Kind One” by Laird Hunt and “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers have been honored in Cleveland for contributions to understanding of racism and cultural diversity. The Anisfield-Wolf book award winners were announced…

Lauryn Hill tax evasion sentencing delayed

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill faces sentencing Monday in New Jersey on tax evasion charges. Hill pleaded guilty in June to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. She…

Ex-bishop’s widow wants optional priestly celibacy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — She uses a wheelchair and carries the weight of her 87 years, but Clelia Luro feels powerful enough to make the Roman Catholic Church pay attention to her campaign to end priestly celibacy.…

Plane crash survivor Hannah Luce working on memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — The sole survivor of a plane crash last year in Kansas is working on a memoir. Publisher Atria/Howard Books has told The Associated Press that Hannah Luce has a deal for “Fields of Grace.”…