NYC proposes raising age for cigarette purchases

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may set a new bar by becoming the most populous place in America to raise the minimum age for…

Tax-free Internet shopping jeopardized by bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate. The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for…

6 NY pols being arraigned on corruption charges

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Amid a growing perception that corruption is a serious problem in New York, six politicians are up for arraignment in a case that alleges an audacious plot to buy a line on New…

More details sought on mute Boston bomb suspect

BOSTON (AP) — The 19-year-old charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, his throat injured by a gunshot wound, wrote down answers to the questions of investigators about his motives and connections to any terror networks. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s answers…

Woman injured in marathon blast faces challenges

BOSTON (AP) — As this shocked city observed a moment of silence, Heather Abbott was following through on a difficult decision — allowing doctors to amputate her left foot, which was mangled in the bombings that shattered the…

Lawyer: Palestinian hunger striker to end fast

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for months is expected to end his hunger strike on Tuesday after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities for his early release, his lawyer said. Samer Issawi began…

Wife of China’s jailed Nobel winner: I’m not free

BEIJING (AP) — Liu Xia, under house arrest in China’s capital since her imprisoned husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, made a rare appearance Tuesday at a trial, yelling out a car window: “I’m not free.”…

Witherspoon’s clean image should fully recover

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon’s professional image is so squeaky clean that she got laughs on a late-night show earlier this year for pretending to buy bottles of cognac and tequila. Her recent arrest and admission that…

Study: Lax attitude on teens and Rx drug abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report suggests teens and parents aren’t talking about prescription drug abuse as much as they should. The report, being released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, says that when teens were asked about the…

Streisand feted by Clinton, Minnelli and friends

NEW YORK (AP) — “Ever since I can remember,” Barbra Streisand told a crowd at Lincoln Center Monday night, “people have been calling me bossy and opinionated.” She continued: “Maybe that’s because I am. Three cheers for bossy…

Study: Lax attitude on teens and Rx drug abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use. When teens were…

Police seek suspect in off-duty DC officer slaying

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Authorities in a Maryland suburb of Washington are searching for the suspect in the slaying of an off-duty D.C. police officer in what they say may have been a “domestic-related homicide.” Prince George’s…

Kim Kardashian says she’s ready for childbirth

NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian says she’s gotten more used to pregnancy, is more comfortable in her skin and is no longer feeling the aches and pains of expectant motherhood. “Now I think I’m past all the…

Bernanke to miss conference, hinting at departure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bernanke is intensifying speculation that this year will be his last as Federal Reserve chairman by deciding to skip the Fed’s annual August conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Jackson Hole has long been a…

Fire in south Philly home kills elderly man

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a fire in a south Philadelphia home claimed the life of an elderly man. Firefighters were called to the residence at about 8:30 a.m.……

Fire in south Philly home kills elderly man

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a fire in a south Philadelphia home claimed the life of an elderly man. Firefighters were called to the residence at about 8:30 a.m. Monday and had the flames under control in about…

Ryan Lochte on critics: Haters are ‘a given’

NEW YORK (AP) — What would Ryan Lochte do if he became the brunt of a joke? Ignore it. The 28-year-old Olympic gold medalist-turned-reality TV star addressed the ups-and-downs of fame at the E! Network Upfront in New…

NY governor appoints Madoff lawyer to ethics board

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The chairwoman of a troubled New York state ethics board created just over a year ago is being replaced by a lawyer who represented Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff (MAY’-dawf). Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo…
Youngstown candidates forum

Candidates Forum Held

Once again, fracking stole the show as citizens asked questions of the candidates and listened to arguments for and against Issue 1, which is the Community Bill of Rights.…

Halliburton seeking settlement over Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP’s cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 announced Monday that it is trying to negotiate a settlement over its role in the disaster, a focus…