At least 20 killed in Kenya clan violence

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says at least 20 people were killed in violence among rival clans in Kenya’s north. Ukur Yattani, the governor of Kenya’s Marsabit county, said Wednesday that automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades…

Dog-fighting defendants plead not guilty in Ala

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A dozen men indicted in a multi-state dog-fighting investigation entered not guilty pleas at their arraignment Wednesday in Alabama. All 12 men are charged with conspiring to sponsor dog fights or training animals for…

Dog-fighting defendants plead not guilty in Ala

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A dozen men indicted in a multi-state dog-fighting investigation say they are not guilty. The men entered their pleas Wednesday in federal court in Montgomery. A magistrate judge set a Feb. 10 trial date…

Agreement ends fight over Somali port city

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials say Somalia’s government has signed a deal over the administration of a southern port to end months of dispute that threatened wider conflict in the region. The city of Kismayo, which has a…

A rough road back to ‘Riddick’ for Diesel

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Thump. Thump. That’s the sound the golf cart makes each time it strikes the uneven pavement as it transports Vin Diesel across the Universal Studios backlot. He’s traveling from his bungalow office to…

Court tackles boys playing girls’ sports in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state judge is declining to intervene in the growing issue of boys playing in sports traditionally reserved for girls, saying a previous court……

NBC trying to create big event with game

NEW YORK (AP) — A giant hourglass structure being built on the rooftop of an abandoned Manhattan car dealership may look like Godzilla’s futuristic toy but instead represents NBC’s hope for the television event of the season. It’s…

Zeta-Jones and Douglas ‘taking some time apart’

NEW YORK (AP) — A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, “are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” Publicist Cece Yorke said in an email to The…
Jerry Arnal with Judy Jones

Abuse alleged at St. Christine

A Youngstown man said Wednesday he was abused in 1976 by a teacher and deacon while he was a student at St. Christine’s school.…

Hildesheim treasures to be featured at NY’s Met

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will be holding an exhibition of medieval treasures from Germany’s Hildesheim (HIHL’-deh-shym) Cathedral. The cathedral was designated a UNESCO (yoo-NEHS’-koh) world cultural heritage site in 1985. It contains…
David DeChristofaro

Ex-engineer reprimanded

Disgraced former Trumbull County Engineer David DeChristofaro was publicly reprimanded Wednesday for participating in a $300,000 lawsuit settlement opposite his private business partner.…

France opens probe into NSA surveillance program

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors have confirmed that they are conducting a preliminary investigation into whether the U.S. National Security Agency violated French law by secretly collecting personal data. Responding to an inquiry from The Associated Press, Agnes…

Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while a former FBI director leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of…

Nigerian navy kills 6 pirates, injures 1

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An official says Nigeria’s navy killed six pirates and injured one in an attack against the outlaws expanding their territory in the Gulf of Guinea. Delta state navy spokesman, Lt. Delightsome Yohana, said Wednesday…

Pending sales of US homes slip but remain solid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in July, but the level stayed close to a 6 ½-year high. The modest decline suggests higher mortgage rates have yet to sharply slow sales. The National…

A golfer with a 3rd heart and plenty of grit

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — More than any other PGA Tour player, Erik Compton can do without the additional stress. But there he was again last Friday, two shots over the cut line with two holes to play at…

Ohio sales tax to rise one-quarter percent Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shoppers across Ohio will see a one-quarter percent sales tax increase beginning Sunday. The rate will rise from 5.5 percent to 5.75 percent, or 2……

Detainees disappear amid Nigerian crackdown

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — In an area of Nigeria where an Islamic insurgency has caught fire, security forces are carrying out night raids in residential neighborhoods and have arrested many people. No one knows where the detainees have…