4 kids dead after fire in NY home near Pa. border

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — A house fire in a southern New York town near the Pennsylvania border has left four people dead. Police and fire officials say the blaze was reported at around 9:20 p.m. Friday at a…

Historic Akron-area train depot demolished

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 100-year-old train depot in the Akron area has been demolished after its owners say there wasn’t enough interest in preserving it. The aband……

Mexico president’s can-do image is put to the test

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto came to power Dec. 1 with a swagger. His Institutional Revolutionary Party, for all its faults, knew how to govern. He promised a new Mexico, an economic powerhouse far from…

Ohio AG seeks help in WWII veteran’s killing

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is seeking tips to help solve the killing of a World War II veteran in southern Ohio. Agents with the Ohio Bure……

African-American vote divided in NYC mayor’s race

NEW YORK (AP) — Four years after overwhelming support from black voters nearly carried Bill Thompson to an improbable upset of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the lone African-American candidate for mayor is facing a stiff challenge for their support…

Campaign to end unpaid internships heads to campus

A nascent campaign against employers’ use of unpaid interns is taking aim at what critics call some of the longstanding practice’s biggest enablers: colleges that steer students into such programs in exchange for academic credit. Organizers hope to…

18-year-old student charged in NC school shooting

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — An 18-year-old has been charged with shooting and wounding a fellow student at a North Carolina high school. Police say Christopher Lamont Richardson Jr. was arrested Friday and charged with carrying a concealed weapon,…

Critics say it’s time NY ends 1885 Scaffold Law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Years before skyscrapers, when New York City’s tallest building was still the 281-foot spire of Wall Street’s historic Trinity Church, state lawmakers passed the Scaffold Law, which made property owners and contractors liable for…

Another try to place levee sites on historic list

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An advocacy group is making a second attempt to place a site where a levee breached during 2005′s Hurricane Katrina on the National Register of Historic Places. This time the group’s application is trying…

Thais arrest alleged arms dealer wanted in India

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested a Thai man wanted in India for alleged involvement in international arms deals with an Indian insurgent group worth nearly $2 million, authorities said Saturday. Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich, also known as…

Forced chemo: Should court overrule Amish parents?

A legal fight between a hospital and an Amish family in Ohio over whether doctors can force their 10-year-old daughter to resume chemotherapy after her parents stopped treatment is again raising questions about what rights parents have in…

With parade, Newtown reflects ‘how we’re healing’

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Ten thousand decisions go into creating a big, boisterous parade. No one knows that better than Robin Buchanan, who for years has juggled the lineup at the Labor Day parade that has jubilantly closed…

Nyad tries daunting Cuba-Florida swim again

HAVANA (AP) — The Florida Strait, a dangerous stretch of sea full of sharks and jellyfish that is prone to sudden, violent storms, has stubbornly resisted Diana Nyad’s repeated attempts to conquer it. Yet the Florida-raised endurance athlete…

Egyptian authorities detain suspected ‘spy’ bird

CAIRO (AP) — In a case that’s ruffling feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a swan that a citizen suspected of being a spy. Officials say a man brought the suspected winged infiltrator to a police station Friday…

‘Child of God’ star slept in caves preparing role

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Director James Franco says his star in the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God” lived in isolation and slept in caves to prepare for the role. Scott Haze plays Lester Ballard, a man…

Study: Ohio’s veteran services funding unequal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new state-commissioned report says that while Ohio appears to offer one of the most comprehensive benefit packages to veterans in the nation, i……

New Bay Bridge to open decades after ’89 quake

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When traffic flows across the new stretch of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the first time next week, it will do so nearly a quarter-century after a deadly earthquake during the 1989 World…