Valcke hopes for changes in WCup bidding process

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA’s secretary general on Wednesday floated an idea for a possible change to the World Cup bidding process in response to a spate of challenges in organizing next year’s tournament in Brazil, which…

GLAAD finds movies lag behind TV in LGBT roles

NEW YORK (AP) — We may be seeing more prominent gay and lesbian characters on TV shows, but the movie industry lags well behind the small screen, an advocacy group reports. In its first study of LGBT roles…
Crews are doing seismic testing throughout the county, which involves several trucks lining up and vibrating the ground.

Seismic testing under way

Crews are doing seismic testing throughout the county, which involves several trucks lining up and vibrating the ground. …

Hasan: ‘Illegal war’ provoked Fort Hood rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood says the deadly attack was provoked by American soldiers being deployed to “engage in an illegal war.” Maj. Nidal Hasan…

Manning case unlikely to affect other leak probes

McLEAN, Virginia (AP) — Prosecutors sought a lengthy prison term for U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to create a deterrent for other soldiers who might consider following in his footsteps. But while the 35 years Col. Denise Lind…

Costa Rican man who killed US teen gets new trial

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican authorities say a security guard who fatally shot an American teenager after mistaking him for an intruder will get a new trial after winning an appeal. Jorge Guevara was sentenced…

Rare polio virus spreads to Israel’s north

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president is urging the country’s children to get polio boosters after a rare appearance of the virus spread to the north of the country. President Shimon Peres met with children getting vaccinations at a…

Las Vegas newspapers battling over joint operation

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Sun has accused the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal of trying to kill their cross-town rivalry with a bid to buy out his newspaper…

AG won’t challenge same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he will not challenge a move by the Dona Ana County clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses. King told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t believe state laws…

Erotic novel causes a stir at Guantanamo war court

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay prisoner says guards in the highest-security wing of the prison gave his client an apparently contraband copy of the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”…

Businesses, groups target Indiana gay marriage ban

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of businesses and activist groups who launched a push Wednesday to defeat an amendment that would write Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution warned that if it passes it would set…

Cruise ship to be in port until at least Thursday

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Celebrity Cruises ship that returned to Ketchikan, Alaska, after experiencing mechanical issues last weekend will remain there at least until Thursday, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Cynthia Martinez, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises…

Railroads seek to install cameras to watch crews

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At least two major U.S. freight railroads are seeking to install cameras in their locomotives to make sure crews are following rules and avoiding cellphone use. Union Pacific asked a federal judge this week…

A look at prison sentences for other media leakers

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — The 35-year prison sentence a U.S. military judge gave Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for sending military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks, the biggest leak in U.S. history, far exceeds the punishments U.S. courts…
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Funeral home probe continues

Police, along with prosecutors and state investigators, are meeting next week to decide where to go from here with the investigation into the Robert P. McDermott Funeral Home. …

Biden: Son had successful procedure in Texas

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, underwent a medical procedure at a Texas cancer center on Tuesday and will be returning soon to his home state, the…

Jail chief quits after13 escape Argentine prison

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina has replaced its prisons chief and offered a reward worth about $89,000 for help capturing 11 dangerous inmates who tunneled their way out of a maximum-security prison in a Buenos Aires’ suburb.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, August 21, 2013. A relatively quiet day transpired across the country Wednesday as no major storm systems moved through the country. The heaviest rainfall developed in the Southeast the tail end of…
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Woman charged in porn case

An Austintown woman was charged with rape in connection with a child pornography case involving a Niles man neighbors know as Santa Claus.…

Moderately strong quake shakes Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — No significant injuries are reported, but the quake that struck near Mexico’s Pacific coast resort of Acapulco today caused cracks in some buildings, and knocked bricks and plaster off of others. The moderately strong…