Journalists jumping ship at Venezuela TV channel

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An exodus of top journalists from Globovision appeared to dim all hope Thursday for preserving editorial independence at what had been Venezuela’s last nationally broadcast opposition TV channel. At least a dozen journalists quit…

Astor heir, 89, granted medical parole in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — An 89-year-old heir to one of America’s earliest megafortunes has been granted medical parole two months after being sent to prison for siphoning millions from his mentally failing mother, society grande dame Brooke Astor.…

Rail chief: Don’t use 1-person Maine train crews

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration’s top official says he’s “shocked” a Maine-based rail company is still using one-person crews following a deadly train disaster in Canada. Canada’s government already ordered Montreal, Maine & Atlantic to…

Tons of fish die in lake near Rio’s Olympic park

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — About 10 tons of dead fish have been discovered in a Rio de Janeiro lake that sits next to the city’s future Olympic park. Environmental officials are investigating the fish kill. Biologists say…

Tony Bennett to attend March on Washington

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett plans to travel to the nation’s capital to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. as the March on Washington marks its 50th year. Bennett, who marched with the civil rights leader…

Kendrick Lamar nominated for 14 BET Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA (AP) — Kendrick Lamar made a splash with his major label debut. He recently called out some of rap’s best by name, warning them about his aim for hip-hop’s top spot on Big Sean’s “Control.” Now, BET…

Officer who escorted LeBron to concert disciplined

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade Police Department says it will discipline the officer who provided a police escort to Miami Heat star LeBron James to the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert. In a statement released Thursday, the department says…
The woman accused in a child pornography case taught at an Austintown preschool for 12 years.

Porn suspect was teacher

Watch the attached video to see a raw interview with the preschool director, who said she was "floored" by the child pornography allegations against 12-year teacher Connie Ramirez. …

Scientists explore deepest trough in Caribbean Sea

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The man whose research team discovered the wreckage of the Titanic has now turned his attention to the deepest trough of the Caribbean Sea. Dr. Robert Ballard was aboard a 211-foot (64-meter)…
Youngstown Parks

Park study reveals usage

Over the past several months, at random times on different days, the Youngstown State University Department of Urban and Regional Studies surveyed 30 park properties within the city of Youngstown.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, August 22, 2013. Scattered showers spread across the East on Thursday as two weather features affected the region. A trough of low pressure in eastern Canada pushed a cold front over the…

Ohio mom’s lawyer notes school brawl story changes

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 15-year-old Ohio girl testified Thursday that a woman egged on her daughter to fight the teenager at their school before the mother “jumped” her and got into the fray. Taking the stand in the…

Ancient mound in Greece fuels heady speculation

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Culture Ministry has warned against “overbold” speculation that an ancient artificial mound being excavated could contain a royal Macedonian grave or even Alexander the Great. Site archaeologist Aikaterini Peristeri has voiced hopes of…

Workers strike at world’s largest radio telescope

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Workers at the world’s largest radio telescope are staging a strike to demand better pay and working conditions. Union workers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, began the strike Thursday after they…

Paraguay Congress gives leader new military power

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay’s Congress granted President Horacio Cartes power Thursday to order military interventions inside the country, a move that leftists called a dangerous backward step for a country still emerging from the legacy of a…

Injured NY tourist’s family thanks Dr. Oz for help

NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a British tourist who was injured when a taxi jumped a curb said Thursday they are grateful for the help of bystanders including TV’s Dr. Oz. Jason and Sonia Green said…

Iran official says sanctions can’t change policy

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s new foreign minister says that Western sanctions can’t force Iran to change its policy on its nuclear program, though the administration of the country’s new president is taking a new approach in reaching…

Hendricks talks “Mad Men” signature fashion

CHICAGO (AP) — Christina Hendricks says it’s going to be difficult when the seventh and final season of “Mad Men” starts filming this November. “I just want to milk it as long as possible,” said Hendricks, who plays…

Nevada court: gangsta rap lyrics admissible

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Rap lyrics written by a man convicted of killing a Reno drug dealer were allowable evidence at trial because they described details of the crime, a divided Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In…