Texas Sen. Cruz shrugs off Canadian citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz, seemingly eyeing a presidential run in 2016, calls his renunciation of Canadian citizenship no big deal, even though questions about candidates’ birthplaces have flared in recent elections. Controversy still dogs President Barack…

Brazil asks FIFA, hotels to lower World Cup prices

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s tourism board said Tuesday that it has officially told FIFA and hotel operators to negotiate lowering prices during the 2014 World Cup. The request came just days after a study showed that room…

‘The Sims 4′ adds emotional, multitasking Sims

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Sims” are getting in touch with their feelings. The fourth edition of Maxis’ successful life-simulating game will include more emotional versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate. “The Sims 4″…

‘The Sims 4′ adds emotional, multitasking Sims

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Sims” BC-US–Games-The Sims 4are getting in touch with their feelings. The fourth edition of Maxis’ successful life-simulating game will include more emotional versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate. “The…

‘The Sims 4′ adds emotional, multitasking Sims

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Sims” are getting in touch with their feelings. The fourth edition of Maxis’ successful life-simulating game will include more emotional versions of the virtual people whose lives players can manipulate. “The Sims 4″…

Trial starts for Ga. man accused of shooting baby

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A young man fatally shot a 13-month-old baby in a stroller in coastal Georgia when the child’s mother did not immediately hand over her purse, a prosecutor said on the first day of the…

Furniture designer Charles Pollock dies in NY fire

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Pollock, designer of the famous Pollock Executive Chair that became ubiquitous in offices in the mid-20th century, has died in a fire at his New York City home. He was 83. Police say…

Mexico rights panel urges probe in news killings

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government’s human rights commission has issued a recommendation calling for federal authorities to investigate the killings of journalists and protect news people from attacks. The commission says that there has been a…

Cruise ship remains in Alaska port

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered a cruise ship to remain at port in Ketchikan until a mechanical issue is fixed. Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow says the Celebrity Cruises ship Millennium encountered problems…

Resident, driver hurt when SUV plows into Pa. home

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) — Two people have been injured after a sport utility vehicle crashed into an eastern Pennsylvania house. Police in Butler Township say man d……

Phillies’ top farm club announces funeral winner

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Minor-league baseball teams usually try to bury the competition, not their own fans. Tell that to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The Philadelphia Phillies’ top farm team will announce the winner of its free-funeral promotion…

3 dead, 5 wounded in shooting in southern Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Police say three people are dead and five wounded following a shooting in southern Germany. According to police, the shooting occurred Tuesday evening during a meeting of property owners in a restaurant in the village…

Mexico drops growth forecast amid economy slowdown

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has lowered its forecast for the nation’s economic growth this year to 1.8 percent. That’s down from the 3.1 percent gain it predicted earlier this year. The National Statistics Institute says…

UN chief proposes reduction in force in Haiti

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is recommending a 15 percent reduction in the number of U.N. troops in Haiti and an examination of whether a peacekeeping operation is still the best way to support the impoverished…

Leonard’s cool inspired generation of writers

Peter Leonard first figured out his father was cooler than most anyone else at an early age, when he was crawling around under the church pew and noticed Elmore Leonard’s ultra-mod ankle boots — you know, the kind…
Warren accident memorial

Warren memorial moved

A memorial in Warren at the site of where six teens died in a horrific car accident has been removed as the city prepares to repave the road.…

Review: In ‘World’s End,’ one hilarious apocalypse

Sci-fi movies, we all know, create unlikely heroes, and this summer’s no exception. Remember Brad Pitt as a U.N. inspector in “World War Z”? He just wanted to hang at home with his family, but he had to…
Ron Gerberry

Democrats push ban on Ohio governor’s outside pay

Ohio's governor and other statewide officials would be barred from accepting outside compensation from private employers, including those seeking state funds, under a proposal introduced Tuesday by two House Democrats.…

Pa. court voids teacher firing over sex in school

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state appeals court is overturning a decision to fire an elementary teacher who admitted she had sex with another teacher in a western Pennsylv……
Sequester

Head Start program hit by cuts

About 960 kids enroll in the Head Start in Mahoning County, but that number is closer to 900 this year because of federal budget cuts.…