UN holds emergency meeting on Syria attack

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council scheduled emergency consultations Wednesday on the latest alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is determined to ensure a “thorough investigation” of all reported…

75 Puerto Ricans charged in Social Security fraud

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities are serving warrants on 75 people accused in a multimillion-dollar Social Security fraud case in Puerto Rico. Those charged include three doctors and 71 Social Security claimants. Authorities say they…

French police arrest Pink Panther prison escapee

PARIS (AP) — Police stormed a villa in southeast France and arrested a member of the notorious Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves who had escaped from a Swiss prison earlier this year, officials said Wednesday. During the…
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Inspections set for fair vendors

The Canfield Fair begins in just a week and the Mahoning County District Board of Health is gearing up for its inspections of food vendors. …

James Franco gets artsy with Ovation channel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Franco is coming back to TV, but this time it’s not for a soap opera or the Academy Awards. The Ovation channel said Wednesday that it’s joining with the actor-writer-filmmaker on a new…

Changed man: John Mayer has new outlook on life

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, John Mayer will likely debut at No. 1 next week with his latest album. But he says “Paradise Valley” marks a new chapter in his career: He’s no longer obsessing about dominating the…

Yemen apologizes to separatists over ’94 civil war

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Security officials say three suspected al-Qaida militants have killed a top intelligence official and his son in Yemen. The officials said Col. Ali el-Hadi was shot to death in his car Wednesday in the…

Cameroon rally targets suspected gay bars

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — More than 100 young men and women in Cameroon’s capital posted anti-gay signs on bars suspected of being gay-friendly during a rally organized amid mounting threats and acts of violence targeting the country’s sexual…

Myanmar mob swarms car of UN rights envoy

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.N. human rights envoy visiting Myanmar said Wednesday that a confrontation he had with an angry mob made him empathize with victims of the country’s deadly sectarian violence. Tomas Ojea Quintana said 200…

Haun, Tomlin, Redman lead Dove Awards nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Producer and songwriter Wayne Haun and performers Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman lead the Dove Awards nominations for gospel and Christian music excellence. Haun is up for 15 awards and Tomlin and Redman are…

S Sudan attacks: US ups pressure; general arrested

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — U.S. political leaders are increasing pressure on South Sudan’s young government to prevent ethnically motivated attacks by members of its military, pressure that may have led to the arrest Wednesday of an army…

Key events in rule, trial of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court ordered Wednesday the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, but it is not yet clear if the ailing ex-leader will walk free after over two years in detention, officials said. Here are…

12 dead in violence in C. African Republic capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A Red Cross official says at least 12 people are dead following clashes in the capital of volatile Central African Republic. Paul Nassenmo, a local leader with the country’s Red Cross, said…

Bullet flies through window at Ga. college

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah State University officials say a public safety officer’s gun accidentally discharged on the campus, sending a bullet crashing through two windows before it came to a stop in a classroom wall. University spokeswoman…

Manning could serve sentence at famous Leavenworth

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — After being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning could be headed for hard time at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, home to the American…

US ‘deeply concerned’ by Syria ‘toxic gas’ claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it’s “deeply concerned” about reports that chemical weapons were used by Syria’s government against civilians. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the U.S. strongly condemns any use of chemical weapons and…

US issues advisory for Cuba over cholera cases

HAVANA (AP) — The United States has issued an advisory for travelers to Cuba after several foreigners were sickened by cholera in recent weeks. The message dated Tuesday urges visitors and U.S. citizens living on the island to…

Review: ‘You’re Next’ improves as cast dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “You’re Next” is a nasty little slasher film that starts poorly but gets better once most of the cast has been butchered. Indie film figures Joe Swanberg and Ti West play two attendees at…

Rapper DMX again arrested in South Carolina

GREER, S.C. (AP) — The rapper DMX has been arrested again in South Carolina. Police say the 42-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was a passenger in a truck that was stopped late Tuesday for an illegal…

Civil rights includes gays 50 years after march

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” declaration galvanized a quarter-million people at the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to keep the crowd orderly and…