Pentagon to probe alleged waste, fraud in MIA unit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is investigating alleged waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars by a military-led unit responsible for finding, recovering and identifying U.S. service members missing in action from past conflicts. The investigation was disclosed Thursday…

Report: Wildlife agency ignored whistle-blowers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe failed for more than a year to discipline two supervisors who retaliated against whistle-blowers at an Oklahoma field office, the Interior Department’s inspector general says in a harshly…

Police talk to man in video in U-M student’s death

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — After a public appeal by police, a man has stepped forward to talk to investigators who are trying to solve the fatal shooting of a University of Michigan medical student. Ann Arbor police…

Keith Urban returning as ‘American Idol’ judge

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Keith Urban is coming back to “American Idol.” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly on Thursday confirmed the return of the country music star, settling the fate of the only judge left from last season…

Fate of Indiana school grading system uncertain

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s A-F grading system designed to hold schools accountable faces an uncertain future as state leaders review it to ensure that marks awarded are fair and impartial. The Indiana Department of Education is reviewing all…

S&P 500 index has first close above 1,700 points

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are back at record highs on Wall Street after better economic news sent the market sharply higher. The benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 1,700 points for the first time.…

NASCAR completes TV package with Fox Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has completed its television deal by furthering its existing relationship with Fox Sports. Fox Sports on Thursday picked up the three remaining Sprint Cup Series races and the first 14 Nationwide Series races…

Ex-trader ‘Fabulous Fab’ found liable in SEC case

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Goldman Sachs trader who earned the nickname “Fabulous Fab” was found liable Thursday in a fraud case brought by federal regulators in response to the 2007 mortgage crisis that helped push the…

Baby boy born on subway platform in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who gave birth to a baby boy on a Metro platform in downtown Washington is getting $100 in subway or bus fare. Shavonnte Taylor received a handwritten note of congratulations Thursday afternoon from…

Argentine train strike follows embarrassing videos

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine union paralyzed rush hour train traffic on Thursday, a day after Argentina’s transportation minister showed videos of commuter train drivers reading books, talking on cellphones and even sleeping when they should…
Near double pedenstrian accident

Man nearly hit by car twice

A man who had already been hit once by a car trying to cross the street was nearly struck a second time.…
CASTRO

Cleveland kidnapper: I’m not a monster, I’m sick

The man convicted of holding three women captive in a house he turned into a prison and raping them repeatedly for a decade was sentenced Thursday to life without parole plus 1,000 years.…
Mahoning County Commissioners

Sewer system to improve

Sewer line renovations were approved Thursday by Mahoning County Commissioners.…
HENDRIX

Man dies from fall

A Youngstown died Thursday after he fell and struck his head possibly caused by his sagging pants, according to police.…

Iraq sees highest monthly death toll in 5 years

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the highest monthly death toll in five years, the U.N. said Thursday, a grim figure that shows rapidly deteriorating security as sectarian tensions soar nearly…

Google-funded sea research vessel sets sail

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive was scheduled to set sail from San Francisco on Thursday, on its way to study a “dead zone” in the Pacific Ocean and other…

Witnesses say Sri Lanka military kill protester

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — One person was killed Thursday and about 15 were wounded when Sri Lanka’s military shot at a protest demanding clean drinking water. At least 4,000 protesters had gathered in Weliweriya, some 12 miles…

Nigeria: Islamic extremists kill 8 in northeast

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses and Nigeria’s military say Islamic extremists killed eight people in an attack targeting teachers and Muslim clerics. The military spokesman warned Thursday the Boko Haram terrorist network plans more “massive attacks” aimed at…