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County approves racino tax plan

A Tax Increment Financing agreement was approved on Thursday by Mahoning County Commissioners for Penn National Gaming and the racino that is being built in Austintown.…

Review: ‘Cloudy 2′ _ gorgeous visuals, cheesy puns

The FLDSMDFR lives! It’s not too much of a spoiler to tell you that, because without the FLDSMDFR, more precisely known as the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, there would hardly be reason for a…

Interpol issues alert for British terror widow

LONDON (AP) — Interpol, acting on a Kenyan request, issued an arrest notice Thursday for Samantha Lewthwaite, the fugitive Briton whom news media have dubbed the “white widow.” Lewthwaite, 29, is a Muslim convert whose first husband participated…

Palestinians want Israel peace deal in 9 months

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will continue recently resumed negotiations with Israel with “an insistence on success” and the aim of reaching a peace deal within nine months. Abbas stressed that the Palestinians…

Brandt ‘felt sick’ shooting last of ‘Breaking Bad’

NEW YORK (AP) — Betsy Brandt says the intensity of the final “Breaking Bad” episodes “physically affected” her. “There were days shooting — these last eight episodes especially — I just felt sick. My chest would get all…

Detroit-area law firm files suit against Four Tops

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area law firm has filed suit against the Four Tops, claiming the singing group owes it $109,000 in legal fees. Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton filed the lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court.…

Japan car parts makers in price-fixing plea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of…

Bus driver told patrol he passed out before crash

CINCINNATI (AP) — The driver of a Greyhound bus that ran off an interstate and flipped over told investigators he didn’t remember anything from the last mile before the crash that injured at least 35 people, an investigative…

Italy pasta exec’s comments on gays spur anger

ROME (AP) — An executive of the Italy-based pasta maker Barilla has apologized for hurting anyone’s “sensitivity” after saying the company would never feature ads depicting gay families. Chairman Guido Barilla’s comments Wednesday in an Italian radio interview…

Man in Miss Teen USA extortion case posts bail

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday in an investigation into the hacking of a webcam at the home of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf in an attempt to extort nude photographs, the FBI…

Average US 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.32 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week to their lowest point in two months. The decline follows the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to hold off slowing its monthly bond purchases. Mortgage buyer…

Japan car parts makers in price-fixing plea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of…

Suit challenges Pa.’s non-recognition of gay union

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two women who moved to Pennsylvania after being wed in Massachusetts asked a court on Thursday to force their new home state to recognize the marriage. Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker lived in Massachusetts when…

Detroit-area law firm files suit against Four Tops

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area law firm has filed suit against the Four Tops, claiming the singing group owes it $109,000 in legal fees. Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton filed the lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court.…

Amber Tamblyn shakes up season 11 of CBS’ ‘Men’

NEW YORK (AP) — Amber Tamblyn plays Charlie Harper’s previously unknown daughter, Jenny, on the 11th season of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” premiering Thursday night. Jenny and her father (who was played by Charlie Sheen) have…

Jewels on French mountain may be from plane crash

PARIS (AP) — Police say a French mountain climber stumbled upon a case of dozens of cut jewels, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — believed to be debris from one of two Air India crashes decades ago.…

Encouraging news on jobs, retailers lifts stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Upbeat news about jobs and retailers lifted the stock market in early afternoon trading Thursday. Unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years, the government reported, and J.C. Penney and Bed…

Gov’t sells more GM shares, cuts stake to 7 pct.

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government is starting another phase of selling off its General Motors stock after cutting its stake in the automaker to just over 7 percent. The Treasury Department says it still owns 101.3…

More kids protected from flu; CDC says keep it up

WASHINGTON (AP) — More children than ever got vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials urged families Thursday to do even better this time around. Far too many young and middle-aged adults still forego the yearly…
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Woman guilty in porn case

An Austintown woman, and former preschool teacher, pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges surrounding a child pornography case out of Niles.…