Text mistakenly sent to cop leads to arrest in NJ

SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man mistakenly sent a text message to a police detective to set up a drug sale and now faces charges. Authorities say a detective received the text message on…
Route 224 I-680 construciton

I-680/Route 224 exit to close

The Interstate 680 exit ramp to Route 224 in Boardman will be closed for a short time on Wednesday. …
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Obama speaks on shutdown

Congress hung "Closed" signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an "ideological crusade" by the GOP.…

Bullock calls ‘Gravity’ her ‘best life decision’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sandra Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie “Gravity” with director Alfonso Cuaron was “the best life decision I think I ever made.” Cuaron coaxed Bullock into playing an astronaut coping with disaster at the…

Guinea postpones release of election results

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s electoral commission said Tuesday it could be days before provisional results are available from the West African nation’s first legislative elections in more than a decade, drawing criticism from the opposition. Results had…

Mall attack to cost Kenya $200 million in tourism

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — When Ohio resident Bill Haynes heard about the shooting at Westgate Mall by Islamic extremist gunmen last month, he considered canceling his upcoming 17-day safari to Kenya and Tanzania. “You can’t help but be…

Legal challenges of new Ohio execution drug likely

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s imminent announcement of a new lethal injection drug is likely to be followed by legal challenges, if past experience in the state and across the country is any judge. That same experience also…

IRS: No tax refunds during government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says you must pay your taxes during the government shutdown. But don’t expect any refunds. The IRS said Tuesday it will gladly accept tax returns and payments during the shutdown. In…

Lesbian sues Miss. town for denying gay bar permit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman is suing the leaders of a north Mississippi town, accusing them of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by denying her a business license. Pat “PJ” Newton filed the…

UN finds torture widespread in Libya

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Torture is widespread in Libyan jails since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in late 2011, United Nations investigators said. The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and the U.N. Support…

Scribd, HarperCollins offer e-book subscriptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online document-sharing site Scribd is taking a page from Netflix’s success story as it sets out to create the world’s largest subscription service for digital books. The opening chapter in Scribd’s quest begins Tuesday…

Obama: Shutdown is result of ideological crusade

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says House Republicans have shut down the federal government over an “ideological crusade” against his health care law. Obama is speaking in the Rose Garden on the first day of the government…

Ex-Miss Russia’s NY drug case dropped after rehab

NEW YORK (AP) — The case against a former Miss Russia charged with forging prescriptions to get painkillers in New York has been dismissed after she spent two sometimes rocky years in drug treatment. Anna Malova (mah-LOH’-vah) said…

Netanyahu: Israel won’t let Iran get nuclear arms

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel’s prime minister declared Tuesday that his country will never allow Iran to get nuclear weapons, even if it has to act alone, and he dismissed the Iranian president’s “charm offensive” as a ruse…

Lostprophets splits in wake of sex charges

LONDON (AP) — British rock group Lostprophets has announced it is disbanding, months after its lead singer was charged with sex offenses against children. Frontman Ian Watkins was arrested in December and charged with more than 20 offenses…

Jordan: In his prime, he could beat LeBron, others

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime. He’s not sure about Kobe Bryant. In a video promoting the NBA 2K14…

Veterans pass barriers at closed WWII memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial with help from members of Congress. Hundreds of veterans arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to…