Gen. David C. Jones, ex-Joint Chiefs chair, dies

STERLING, Va. (AP) — David C. Jones, a retired Air Force general who helped set in motion a far-reaching reorganization of the U.S. military command while serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died at…

Forecast-busting US jobless claims data hit stocks

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets stalled Thursday, following evidence of an uneven recovery in Europe and lackluster U.S. consumer spending. The combined economy of the 17 euro countries grew 0.3 percent in the April-June period, its first…

Southern Cape Verde Islands under storm warning

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression has formed over the far-east Atlantic Ocean, and forecasters have issued a tropical storm warning for the southern Cape Verde Islands. The National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday that the unnamed storm…

US home foreclosures on track for 6-year low

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New data show that the U.S. is on track to end the year with the fewest homes repossessed by lenders in six years. Foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac says lenders repossessed just under 37,000 U.S.…

Vote to legalize alcohol on SD’s Pine Ridge passes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Native Americans on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have voted to end prohibition and legalize alcohol so the tribe can use the profits for education and treatment. A majority of voters on…

Vietnam offers free Marxism degrees to draw takers

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Market forces are working against college courses on Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, where the Communist government has resorted to offering the classes for free to attract students. Prime Minister Nguyen…

Judge orders 3 life sentences for highway shooter

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Wednesday sentenced a freeway shooter to three consecutive life terms in prison after saying he deserved harsh punishment for turning Honolulu highways into “killing zones.” Toby Stangel, 30, was sentenced after being…

SKorea proposes reunion for war-separated families

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean president proposed Thursday that the two Koreas hold a reunion next month for families still separated 60 years after the Korean War. The proposal came a day after the rivals…

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2013. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York. On…

Colo. officers search home of deceased boy’s dad

DENVER (AP) — A man whose teen son’s bones were found in southwest Colorado in June says investigators have searched his home and taken several items. KUSA-TV in Denver reports (http://on9news.tv/15GFRxW ) investigators executed a search warrant at…

Rio Olympics coordinating chief resigns

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of the public body coordinating planning for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has resigned, raising concerns about the city’s ability to stage the first games in South America. The…

Family names employer of US couple held in Qatar

DENVER (AP) — A relative of a Los Angeles couple arrested in Qatar says the two had gone there at the request of a Colorado-based engineering company that focuses on water infrastructure projects. Matthew and Grace Huang are…

Japan marks World War II surrender anniversary

TOKYO (AP) — Japan marked the 68th anniversary of its surrender in World War II with somber ceremonies Thursday and visits by senior politicians to a shrine honoring 2.5 million war dead that remains a galling reminder of…
salem fracking

Salem hosts fracking forum

The Salem Planning Commission already has approved an ordinance aiming to ban fracking in areas not zoned "heavy industrial." The measure still has to be voted on by City Council.…

Largest Lutheran group elects 1st female leader

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The nation’s largest Lutheran group elected its first woman as presiding bishop on Wednesday. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was chosen as head of the liberal-leaning Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during its national legislative meeting…

Help sought in case of decapitated dog in Colorado

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado say a dog whose severed head was found at a park appears to have been injured by a human, not an animal. The decapitation was reported Aug. 4 in El Jebel…

1 stolen bonsai returned to Hawaii nursery

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man who had 16 rare trees worth more than $100,000 stolen from his nursery more than two weeks ago has recovered one of the trees. KHON-TV reports (http://bit.ly/14MMHG7 ) a bonsai tree valued…
Struthers dam grant

Struthers seeks dam removal

Struthers City Council on Wednesday gave approval to apply for an EPA grant to pay for removal of a dam on the Mahoning River that separates Campbell and Struthers. …

Ex-Pittsburgh police officer gets 18 to 36 months

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former Pittsburgh police officer has been sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison on drug, fraud and other charges. Forty-five-year-old Michael Joh……