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…
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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…

W.Va. judge, county official face federal charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge is accused of having an affair with his secretary and trying to frame her husband for several crimes over five years, including drug possession, larceny and assault. Authorities said none…

Service held for pioneering reporter Helen Thomas

TROY, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of family members, friends and journalists filled the suburban Detroit church pioneering journalist Helen Thomas attended as a child for her memorial service Thursday. “During Helen’s entire 70-year career, she was a defender,…

Nicaragua to start exploring for oil in Caribbean

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua says it will start exploring for oil in a swath of seabed in the Caribbean Sea that an international court granted it last year after a dispute with Colombia. Energy and Mines Minister…

Ex-Ohio deputy treasurer indicted in bribery case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio deputy treasurer and a Columbus lawyer have been indicted on charges alleging they engaged in a bribery scheme during the tenure of t……
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Death toll rises in Egypt

Growing violence between those loyal to ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the country’s Army has now claimed more than 600 lives with most of the killing happening in the last 24 hours. …

‘That ’70s Show’ actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “That ’70s Show” actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43. Manager Craig Wyckoff says Kelly died Wednesday at a Los Angeles addiction treatment facility she had entered early this week. No official…
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Shooting locks down college

Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. was locked down for about seven hours after a shooting on campus.…

Wall checked for blood at missing NC teen’s home

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Search warrants issued in the disappearance of a North Carolina teenager say investigators seized stained flooring from the girl’s home and are checking red-stained drywall for blood. The Salisbury Post reports that investigators also…

US warns of rising threat from al-Qaida in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. and Iraqi diplomats warned Thursday of a rising threat in Iraq from al-Qaida, which is carrying out suicide and car bombings with greater frequency nearly two years after U.S. troops withdrew from the…

Tepid US retail sales raising doubts about economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleaker outlooks at retailers like Wal-Mart and Macy’s are raising doubts that consumers will spend enough in coming months to lift the still-subpar U.S. economy. Though the economy is growing steadily, Americans are being hampered…

Ex-coach thought he was dating Zumba prostitute

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The first man to go trial on charges that he patronized a Maine prostitute who worked out of her Zumba dance studio says he thought he was engaged in a romance. Former Kennebunk High…

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data…

Cops: Pa. driver kills man who told him to slow

PLYMOUTH, Pa. (AP) — Police in northeastern Pennsylvania say an enraged motorist hit and killed a man who had told him to slow down as a child crossed the street. State po……