Brazil bus plunges from bridge near Rio, killing 6

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities say a passenger bus has plunged 40 meters (130 feet) off a bridge in a city near Rio de Janeiro. Firefighters say at least six people died in Wednesday’s accident. There…

Former owner of Ohio funeral home pleads guilty

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio funeral home owner charged with taking money for prepaid funeral expenses for her personal use has been convicted of theft and other ch……

Publishers object to US remedy in Apple case in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Publishers who have settled an electronic book pricing dispute with the federal government say they object to penalties the government wants to impose on Apple Inc. A judge ruled in an antitrust case last…

Group: Apps not effective tool for teaching babies

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. consumer advocacy group filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers — Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions — are trying to dupe parents into thinking…

UN experts to visit Panama to probe Cuban arms

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea will make a three-day visit to Panama next week to investigate an undeclared arms shipment from Cuba discovered in a North Korean-flagged ship detained in the Panama…

Haiti’s musician president to perform in benefit

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s singer-turned-president is set to get back on the stage Saturday for a rare concert. Two government officials say President Michel Martelly will perform under his old stage name of “Sweet Micky” as he…

University of Akron president to step down in 2014

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The president of the University of Akron plans to leave that role next summer after 15 years at the helm and become a full-time faculty member at the sch……

Chile commission recommends scrapping 2012 census

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s latest population census be scrapped and repeated in 2015, an independent commission of experts recommended Wednesday. The government had boasted that the 2012 census was the most comprehensive in the country’s history. But…

A PBS series explores 5 centuries of black history

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race. But Henry Louis Gates says a more direct way for change is through schools and their curriculum.…

Ohio judge says she’s sorry after scolding jury

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A municipal judge in central Ohio says she is sorry if she offended any of the jurors she scolded after they issued a verdict she believed to be wrong. Judge Amy Salerno tells The…

Ohio judge says she’s sorry after scolding jury

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A municipal judge in central Ohio says she is sorry if she offended any of the jurors she scolded after they issued a verdict she believed to be wrong……

CBS orders ‘Dome’-like series for next summer

NEW YORK (AP) — After its success with “Under the Dome” this summer, CBS is ordering another high-concept thriller for next summer. The network said Wednesday it has ordered a 13-episode series called “Extant.” The serialized drama is…

Phoenix’s ‘Rock Burglar’ sentenced to 20 years

PHOENIX (AP) — An elusive thief who stole millions of dollars in cash and jewelry from hundreds of Phoenix-area homes over nearly two decades by using rocks to smash through windows was sentenced Wednesday to more than 20…

More insensitive remarks on CBS ‘Big Brother’ show

NEW YORK (AP) — A run of ethnically insensitive remarks has continued during filming for the CBS reality TV show “Big Brother,” raising questions about whether the network should be doing more to police it. During the past…

Family of US man jailed in N. Korea urges release

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The family of an American tour operator and Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for the past nine months is renewing calls for his release as concerns about his health mount.…
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Supt. resists Kasich plan

A year after being released from academic emergency, the head of Youngstown City Schools said the district is not looking for any additional help from state lawmakers. …

USDA says it will stop cotton payments to Brazil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will cease paying a $147 million annual settlement to Brazil that is part of a long-running trade dispute over cotton subsidies, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday. The United States agreed to…

Maine firm in Quebec tragedy files for bankruptcy

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A railroad company whose runaway oil train caused a fire and explosion that killed 47 people in a small town in Canada filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, August 07, 2013. Areas of active weather streamed through the Plains and into the Southeast Wednesday. This active weather was in the form of scattered showers and strong thunderstorms that produced heavy…

Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

New research suggests a possible way to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, by keeping blood sugar at a healthy level. A study found that higher glucose levels, even those well short of diabetes, seemed to raise the risk for…