Weak earnings tug stocks lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing results from big companies and a slump in bank stocks tugged the stock market lower early Wednesday, putting major indexes on track for their third straight daily drop. The Standard & Poor’s 500…

Hotshot survivor ‘numb’ after hearing of deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — The surviving member of a firefighting crew that lost 19 members to the Yarnell Hill Fire says he was devastated and went “numb” after learning that men he considered his brothers were dead, and he…

Discovery hammered for shark special

NEW YORK (AP) — A Discovery network special that speculated about whether a giant prehistoric shark could still exist has drawn a passionate response from viewers and starkly raised the question about the worth of big ratings. The…

Lynde, creator of ‘Rick O’Shay’ comic strip, dies

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Western cartoonist and author Stan Lynde, creator of the nationally syndicated “Rick O’Shay” comic strip, died of cancer in Montana. He was 81. His “Rick O’Shay” comic strip began in 1958 and ran for…

2 Pa. township officials to resign over thefts

COMMODORE, Pa. (AP) — Two elected supervisors of a rural western Pennsylvania township will resign as part of a pending agreement to settle criminal charges that they……

Pittsburgh Zoo fails to get mauling lawsuit tossed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit in the fatal mauling death of a 2-year-old boy who fell into a wild African dogs exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo &a……

W. Pa. highway remains closed after syrup spill

LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) — A stretch of highway in western Pennsylvania remained closed as crews struggled to clean up a sticky, gooey mess left behind when a tractor-traile……

Injured SC man trapped in car after Mont. crash

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A South Carolina man was trapped in a rental car with a broken neck and other injuries for more than a day after the vehicle went off a forest road and rolled down an…

Futures dip on weak corporate earns, Fed speak

NEW YORK (AP) — Weak earnings and what appears to be a growing consensus that the government can ease back on economic stimulus programs are pushing futures lower. Dow Jones industrial futures gave up 47 points to 15,427.…

Freddie Mac earns $5 billion in second quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freddie Mac earned $5 billion from April through March, the seventh straight profitable quarter for the mortgage giant. The second-quarter gain compares with net income of $3 billion in the same period of 2012. Freddie…

BP ordered to pay settlement administrator $130M

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A court hearing is set for BP to justify why it has refused to pay more than $130 million in fees to the administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S. Gulf Coast businesses…

Plane hits cow, skids off runway in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Lion Air jet carrying 117 people hit a cow while landing and skidded off a runway in eastern Indonesia, an official said Wednesday. No injuries were reported, but the incident forced the cancellation…

Police: Pa. woman changed market’s price stickers

NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania woman was caught black-handed stealing from a supermarket. The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/192VswJ ) reports 55-year-old Kimberly Ann Bryan’s hands had black marks on them from the felt…

Richie Havens tribute set at Woodstock ’69 site

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — The ashes of Richie Havens will be scattered across the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival on the anniversary of the final day of the concert he opened with a nearly three-hour performance. Bethel…

Judge intervenes as BP balks at paying claims czar

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal magistrate has set a Wednesday hearing for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with…

Police charge W. Pa. couple with DUI in same car

FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania couple was driving drunk — in the same car, on the same night, after they switched seats shortly before they were pu……

Police charge W. Pa. couple with DUI in same car

FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania couple was driving drunk — in the same car, on the same night, after they switched seats shortly before they were pulled over. Online court records don’t list attorneys…