Putin bans rallies in Sochi near the 2014 Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official government newspaper, published the presidential…

With VMAs afoot, Kendrick Lamar takes center stage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It’s been almost a year since Kendrick Lamar released his major label debut, yet the rapper remains very much the focus of the music world as top stars convene for the MTV Awards this…
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Three crash on I-80

Three vehicle crash involving two semi trucks has backed up traffic on Interstate 80.…

Grand Rapids art institute merges with Ferris St.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids is merging with Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design. As a result of the merger, UICA will become a wholly-owned subsidiary…

Congolese general faces massacre probe in France

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor has placed under investigation a Congolese general accused of crimes against humanity stemming from an alleged 1999 massacre of hundreds of refugees. A lawyer for Gen. Norbert Dabira says he will contest…
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Feds charge ELO man

The Columbiana County resident, founder and former CEO of a cyber-charter school that educates more than 11,000 Pennsylvania students has been indicted by a federal grand jury.…

Stock market waffles after big drop in home sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gave up an early gain and turned mixed Thursday after the government reported that new home sales plunged to the lowest level in nine months. A boom in housing has been a major…

Feds charges Pa. cyber charter school founder

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The founder and former CEO of a cyber-charter school that educates more than 11,000 Pennsylvania students has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Fifty-eight-year-old Nicholas Trombetta is accused of siphoning more than $8 million…

Yosemite fire brings SF utility emergency

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire raging out of control grew overnight to more than three times the size of the city of San Francisco as it spread inside the border of Yosemite National Park. The…

US new-home sales plunge as mortgage rates rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back sharply in July on their purchases of new homes, a sign that higher mortgage rates may weigh on the housing recovery. The Commerce Department said Friday that new-home sales dropped 13.4 percent…

Teacher’s allergy, Ohio girl’s service dog at odds

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The mother of an autistic first-grader in Ohio who uses a service dog is challenging a decision that the girl must change schools because her teacher is allergic to dog dander. Athens superintendent Carl…

New storm leads to I-70 flooding in western Colo.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The flood-damaged Colorado city of Manitou Springs has escaped the latest round of torrential rain without any significant flooding. The heaviest of the Thursday evening’s rain fell upstream from the Waldo Canyon and…
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Gas facility planned

A Dallas-based company said they plan to build an $800 million midstream facility for the oil and gas drilling industry that will serve the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.…

Soldier convicted of murder for Fort Hood rampage

A military jury will begin its second day of deliberations Friday in the case of the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused in the deadliest-ever mass shooting on a U.S. military base.

W. Pa. cement mixer firm cutting 10 to 15 jobs

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania that makes mobile concrete mixers and other equipment is moving its manufacturing operation to Iowa, resulting in the loss……

Koreas agree to reunions for 1st time in 3 years

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Seoul officials say North and South Korea have agreed to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. It will be the first the time the emotional meetings have…

Ohio State set for 3rd corpse flower bloom of 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A large rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its terrible smell is expected to bloom soon at an Ohio State University greenhouse that already experienced two of the rare blooms this…

Ohio State set for 3rd corpse flower bloom of 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A large rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its terrible smell is expected to bloom soon at an Ohio State University greenhouse th……

Spacey says TV must adapt to viewer demand or die

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey says television has overtaken cinema as the home of quality character-driven drama, but the industry risks failure if it doesn’t recognize that viewers want control over what they watch, and when.…