Cambodian opposition chief home to face standoff

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition leader returned from abroad Friday to lead his party’s challenge to last month’s election results. Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy’s return from the United States could accelerate resolution of…

US scraps military drills with Egypt, but not aid

CHILMARK, Massachusetts (AP) — President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo but stopping well short of withholding $1.3 billion in annual…

Thousands honor Elvis Presley at Graceland vigil

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley fans from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to Graceland on Thursday to pay their respects to the rock n’ roll icon with a solemn candlelight vigil on the 36th anniversary…

Today in History

Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2013. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn., at age…

Quakes shake central New Zealand; no injuries seen

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A strong earthquake shook central New Zealand on Friday, disrupting traffic and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. Some buildings in Wellington were evacuated, and items were knocked off shelves…

China upholds Nobel winner’s relative’s sentence

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday upheld the 11-year prison sentence handed down to the brother-in-law of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, the man’s lawyer said. Relatives have denounced Liu Hui’s conviction on fraud…

Spider-Man show to go on despite new actor injury

NEW YORK (AP) — An actor on the set of the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has been injured during a performance. A spokesman for the show says the actor suffered an injury during the Thursday…

Worker: San Diego mayor made suggestive comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A volunteer city worker who assists senior citizens said Thursday that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner repeatedly asked her to rub his hands, requested dates and made sexually suggestive comments. Peggy Shannon, 67, said…

Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Most of…

Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Most of…

Bert Lance, Ga. banker and Carter ally, dies at 82

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Bert Lance, a Georgia banker and close ally of former President Jimmy Carter who served as his first budget director before departing amid an investigation of his bank’s lending practices, has died. He was…

Calif. man’s charge upped to murder after tweets

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — An 18-year-old accused of killing a bicyclist with his car has had a vehicular manslaughter charge upgraded to murder in part because he boasted about speeding on Twitter, prosecutors said Thursday. Cody Hall, of…

Video to show lives of Hawaiian monk seals

HONOLULU (AP) — The public will get an up-close view of how Hawaiian monk seals eat, sleep and swim this weekend as researchers share footage taken by cameras attached to the backs of the animals. Researchers collected the…
Brier Hill fest

Brier Hill Fest underway

The 21st annual Brier Hill Italian Fest is underway on Youngstown's North Side.…

Ecuador’s president abandons no-drilling plan

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Rafael Correa says he has abandoned a unique and ambitious plan to persuade rich countries to pay Ecuador not to drill for oil in a pristine Amazon rainforest preserve. The idea was to…
Balestrino family

Vet to wave NASCAR flag

A Valley Army veteran and Purple Heart Recipient will get a special opportunity to serve as the honorary starter at the NASCAR race this Sunday in Michigan. …

UN calls for ‘maximum restraint’ in Egypt

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on the Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood Thursday to exercise “maximum restraint” and end the violence spreading across the country. Council members also called for national reconciliation and…

Review: Unusual rock star rabbi croons on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, the sexual revolution was a culture shock for much of American society when it arrived in the 1960s. But imagine the conflict it posed for a rabbi who was eager to embrace it…