Fire near Yosemite Nat’l Park expands, park open

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California (AP) — A destructive wildfire on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park that is threatening some 2,500 structures has grown to some 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) and forced the shutdown of a…

Ex-Somali colonel told to pay $15M in torture case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Somali military colonel who left the United States while facing civil allegations that he tortured a human rights advocate was ordered by a federal judge on Tuesday to pay $15 million in…

Afghan massacre victim takes stand, curses gunman

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (AP) — An Afghan farmer shot during a massacre in Kandahar Province last year took the witness stand Tuesday against the U.S. soldier who attacked his village, cursing him before breaking down and pleading…

Premier: BVI to comply with US tax evasion law

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The leader of the British Virgin Islands says the Caribbean territory has started talks with the U.S. Treasury to comply with a law designed to counter offshore tax evasion. The tiny islands are one…

Katy Perry to close iTunes Festival in London

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s iTunes Festival is ending with a roar, to be delivered by Katy Perry. The pop superstar, whose new single “Roar” is climbing the charts, will be the final act of the month-long…

Egypt questions Brotherhood’s top leader in prison

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have been questioning the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme leader in a Cairo prison after his arrest early Tuesday. Mohammed Badie (BAH’-dee) and his deputy are to stand trial later this month on charges of…

Grand jury indicts Pa. man over drilling leases

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh grand jury has indicted a man on mail and wire fraud charges related to natural gas drilling leases. Prosecutors say in a Tuesday release……
McDermott Funeral Home Scandal

Problems mount at funeral home

Cremated remains found inside the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Funeral Home in Niles may not have been handed over to grieving family members like they thought. Watch the video to see a raw interview with a family member who was a victim of the funeral home's actions. …

Puerto Rico to build $54M water treatment plant

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor says construction has started on a $54 million water treatment plant that will serve the U.S. territory’s central eastern region. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the plant will filter 7…

W. Pa. man in landlord dispute over Obama sign

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man is having an unusual dispute with his landlord over a hand-painted “Impeach Obama” sign. Brent Kovac says h……
Goshen Twp. cameras

Cameras part of police uniform

Police in Goshen Township have implemented some new technology over the past week and now all police interactions with the public will be recorded on personal cameras.…

Chile ex-army chief admits handing child to nuns

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s former army chief is acknowledging he handed over to nuns the child of two left-wing activists killed after the 1973 military coup. Juan Emilio Cheyre now heads Chile’s electoral service. He told the…

After ‘Smash’ crash, songwriters savor success

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have strong opinions about the demise of “Smash,” the highly anticipated but ultimately much-maligned musical TV series about the making of Broadway musicals. But, to borrow from one of…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Wet weather continued in parts of the East on Tuesday, while thunderstorms and fire danger continued in the West. In the East, sufficient moisture over the southeastern quadrant of…

TV mogul Simon Cowell says he’ll be a dad

LONDON (AP) — British TV mogul Simon Cowell says he’s looking forward to being a father, his first public confirmation that he will be having a child with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman. Cowell, who had previously…

Latin American leaders and their love of Twitter

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Whenever Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez uses Twitter, controversy often follows. Although tweet discussions range in content and frequency, there’s never a lack of debate. Fernandez, who almost never gives interviews or takes questions from…

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″…