Obama: Reform spy program, pause Russia ‘reset’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to critics, President Barack Obama promised Friday to work with Congress on “appropriate reforms” for domestic surveillance programs that were thrust into the public eye by leaker Edward Snowden, pointing the way to what…

World Dwarf Games showcase athletes, ‘family’

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Riley Windeler stepped on to the stand, bowed his head and smiled from ear-to-ear as a bronze medal was placed around his neck. The 23-year-old university student from Horsefly, British Columbia, was proud…

Co-founder of renowned Puerto Rico salsa band dies

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of the founding members of the renowned salsa band El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico has died. A daughter of Eddie Perez said he died Friday at a Puerto Rico hospital…

Fox to broadcast electric racing series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fox Sports has signed a multi-year deals with the FIA Formula E Championship and the International Motor Sports Association. Formula E, the world’s first fully electric racing series, will feature open-wheel cars powered…

Obama cites sealed indictment in Benghazi probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Friday to bring to justice those responsible for last year’s deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and made a public reference to a sealed indictment. Obama said…

Obama rejects boycott of Olympics in Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it would be wrong to boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi despite frustrations with Russia. At a White House news conference Friday, Obama said that American athletes are training hard and…

Dengue epidemic looms for Central American region

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Central America is on track to have one of its worst years ever for the painful, sometimes fatal disease of dengue, prompting governments across the region to mobilize against the mosquito-borne virus. There have…

Animals seized in Canada after python kills 2 boys

CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Almost two dozen exotic animals have been seized from a Canada pet store, and some have been killed, after a python escaped and strangled two young boys earlier this week. Bruce Dougan, the…
OCCHA Food Fest

Festival highlights Latin cuisine

OCCHA hosted its second annual International Food Fest Friday. The event showcased cuisine from several Latin American and Hispanic countries. …
Climate change bus

Climate bus makes Valley stop

The 27-state bus tour stopped at the Historical Center of Industry in Youngstown to educate community members on the need to address climate change issues at the local and federal levels. …
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Man crashes motorcycle

Authorities say a motorcyclist from Canfield has been seriously injured in an accident in the eastbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike between Cleveland and Toledo.…
HEROIN-AMBULANCE

TAG searches ‘heroin house’

Drug task force agents in Newton Falls arrested two people and found heroin inside a home where they believe residents were selling drugs.…

Group: Dozens killed in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — An international aid organization says dozens of people have been slaughtered in a remote village in Central African Republic and their bodies tossed in a nearby river. In a statement released Friday,…
Southern Boulevard accident

Crash sends two to hospital

A late morning crash on Youngstown’s South Side sent two people to the hospital.…
Southern Park Mall Community Day

Community day held at Southern Park Mall

Southern Park Mall in Boardman welcomed several non-profit agencies to the complex on Friday to educate the public on the work they do. …

CNN’s Gupta: I was wrong about marijuana

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta says he spoke too soon four years ago when he publicly opposed the medical use of marijuana. Now he says he believes the drug can have very real benefits for…

Stars work without a script at TV conference

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — So, all you actors and other folks with TV shows to promote, what do you have to say for yourself? Their proving ground was the just-ended Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which…

Yemen terror boss left blueprint for waging jihad

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — A year before he was caught on an intercept discussing the terror plot that prompted this week’s sweeping closure of United States embassies abroad, al-Qaida’s top operative in Yemen laid out his blueprint for…

Tyson to stop buying cattle fed Merck supplement

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. told cattle feeders this week it will no longer buy animals fed a supplement that’s designed to bulk them up before slaughter, citing experts who suggest the drug may be causing…

Greek Finance Ministry fined over tax data theft

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Finance Ministry has been fined 150,000 euros ($200,000) by the country’s privacy watchdog for allegedly failing to protect data on millions of taxpayers that ended up in the possession of private companies. The…