C. African Republic rebels accused of massacres

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The rebels invaded on stolen motorcycles at 5 a.m., shooting into the air to announce their arrival in the secluded village in Central African Republic. They went house to house, breaking down doors and…

Poland’s PM Tusk wins party leadership challenge

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has handily won a party vote but is still facing other challenges as his government loses popularity halfway through its second term. Tusk gathered some 80 percent of the…

Pro-Morsi rallies in Egypt smaller amid arrests

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security and military forces have deployed around Cairo, closing off traffic in some major thoroughfares and in the city center ahead of protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The Friday rallies are…

Obama: Cutting Egypt aid may not reverse actions

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama says cutting off aid to Egypt “may not reverse what the interim government does.” But he says the U.S. must be “very careful” about being seen as aiding and abetting actions…

UN envoy moves base to Geneva ahead of Syria talks

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s special envoy to Syria says he has moved his base to Geneva to prepare for a conference aimed at finding a political solution to the deepening conflict. Lakhdar Brahimi says he has long…

Obama: Syria attack a ‘big event of grave concern’

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria “big event of grave concern.” Obama says the U.S. is still seeking confirmation that toxic gases were used in Syria. But he…
1 HURT IN CRASH

1 hurt in crash

Police said the biker lost control of his motorcycle and ended up on the sidewalk on McGuffey Road.…
MAN SHOT IN DRIVE-BY

Man shot in drive-by

Youngstown Police said a man was shot outside his home on West Chalmers Avenue early Friday morning.…

Yemen leader asks US for drone technology

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni security official says a suicide car bomb has killed two soldiers at a checkpoint in the country’s south. The official said another six were wounded Friday when the bomber blew up his…

Russia backs UN probe of alleged chemical attack

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry is calling for an independent probe by United Nations experts into what Syrian rebels alleged was a chemical weapons attack by government forces on the outskirts of Damascus. The statement released…

Philadelphia tries less salt in Chinese takeout

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amar Jones knows that high-salt Chinese takeout isn’t good for his high blood pressure. But the lure of shrimp with broccoli is hard to resist. So he was heartened recently to hear that his favorite…

Beastly fire disrupts Idaho vacation heaven

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) — For rockers Huey Lewis and the News, smoke from the massive Sun Valley, Idaho, wildfire known as “the Beast” had band members who famously worried about the heart of rock and roll worrying…

Lawmakers OK NYPD watchdog, overriding vetoes

NEW YORK (AP) — Levele Pointer has gone to rallies and City Hall to push for changes to police stop and frisks, but he readily explains that the stops he’s experienced personally didn’t always make him angry. Sometimes,…

‘Hyperloop’ travel idea gains fans if not backers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk urged the public to polish sketch plans he released last week for a “Hyperloop” that would shoot capsules full of people at the speed of sound through elevated tubes connecting…

Gypsy king, champion of schooling for Roma buried

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The “King of the Gypsies” is being laid to rest in a ceremony fitting his status. Florin Cioaba was a driven activist who championed education for impoverished Roma children after seeing his own 12-year-old…

Tropical depression moving northwest in Pacific

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression is moving northwestward in the Pacific on a path that could take it near Mexico. The depression’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 35 mph (55 kph) and the U.S. National…