De Niro takes over Gandolfini miniseries role

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says Robert De Niro will step into a project that was thrown into question by the death of James Gandolfini. HBO said Wednesday that De Niro is taking on the role of a…

George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony joining Bonnie Clement and…

Lawmaker: Kenya attack shows al-Qaida’s reach

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers says the terrorist attack on an upscale Nairobi shopping mall shows al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabab has a “concerning ability” to strike outside its base of Somalia and stage a sophisticated,…

Citi paying $395M to Freddie for mortgage claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay $395 million to Freddie Mac to settle claims on home loans it sold to the government-controlled mortgage finance company. The agreement announced Wednesday involves 3.7 million mortgages sold between…

Judge tosses some claims in Earhart wreckage case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — It’s been more than 75 years since aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra vanished somewhere over the South Pacific yet the mystery of her disappearance made waves Wednesday halfway around the world in a…

15-year-old arrested in Arizona officer’s shooting

PHOENIX (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the killing of a Maricopa County detention officer who authorities say was targeted at random when he was shot in his own driveway. Police Chief Daniel Garcia said…

Air France worker arrested in cocaine haul case

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials say they have arrested an Air France assistant manager and six more people for alleged roles in the smuggling to Paris of 1.4 tons of cocaine on a commercial flight. The Interior…

Ex-USVI official pleads guilty to racketeering

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A former top enforcement officer for the U.S. Virgin Islands environment department has pleaded guilty to using the agency as a criminal enterprise, officials said Wednesday. Roberto Tapia was the director of environmental enforcement…
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DeWine sues local company

Since 2006, Youngstown-area based Encore Music Productions has solicited for more than 30 organizations in Ohio and four organizations in Pennsylvania by selling tickets and business advertisements for local concerts. …

Consol faces religious discrimination lawsuit

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The federal government has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Consol Energy, Inc. over a worker who believed biometric hand scans vi……
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PennDot holds open house

Between 600 and 800 adults and children from all over Mercer County attended Wednesday's annual open house at PennDOT. …

Actor Gary Sinise donates to Colo. firefighters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Actor Gary Sinise (suh-NEES’), well-known for his role as Lieutenant Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump,” has made a large donation to help first responders who rescued people and fought the most destructive…

Minibus crash in central Jamaica kills 3 students

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican police say a minibus crowded with youths collided with two other vehicles on a rural road, killing three high school students and injuring more than 20. Police say witnesses reported the minibus driver…

Nelson pulls out of festival with shoulder injury

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Willie Nelson has been forced to pull out of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival and three other shows due to a shoulder injury. Nelson’s publicist said Wednesday that the 80-year-old country music…
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Family still has questions

Exactly two years ago on a Sunday night, Valley businessman Jim Donofrio disappeared without a trace and his family members are still looking for answers.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, September 25, 2013. A cold front moved through the Great Basin and northern Rockies on Wednesday, while a ridge of high pressure brought autumn like conditions to the upper Midwest and Northeast.…

NJ’s 1-2 punch on dunes: $1 settlement, lawsuits

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — With the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, New Jersey took two big steps Wednesday toward protecting its still-vulnerable coastline from future storms. The state announced the settlement — for $1 — of a lengthy…

Review: ‘Baggage Claim’ lost on arrival

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes you have to travel 30,000 miles just to appreciate the guy who lives down the hall — or so goes “Baggage Claim,” a movie about a Flight Attendant Barbie type who runs herself…

NYC fights to end hotel program for Sandy evacuees

NEW YORK (AP) — About 350 homeless Superstorm Sandy evacuees who have been sleeping in New York City-funded hotel rooms for nearly a year may be forced to check out for good. Lawyers for the city argued in…