Smithsonian leader picked to head science agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairwoman of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents plans to step down from the museum and research complex because President Barack Obama is nominating her to lead the National Science Foundation. The White House…

Bay Area transit workers vow to strike in 72 hours

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two San Francisco Bay Area transit unions are set to go on strike and shut down one of the region’s major train systems if they don’t reach agreement on a new contract. Bay Area…

Police: Autistic man kept in ‘dungeon-like’ room

SWEETWATER, Fla. (AP) — Police in a southwest Florida city say charges are pending against a woman whose autistic 30-year-old son was found living in what a caller identified as “dungeon-like” conditions at her mobile home. Police in…

Threat closes US embassies in Muslim world for day

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is shuttering its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday after receiving an unspecified threat, officials said. State Department officials said Thursday that they were taking action out of an…

Teen arrested in Calif. ‘Surf City’ mob violence

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has become the ninth person arrested in connection with mob violence that erupted in a Southern California beach town after a popular surf contest. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/14lVj9s…

Catholic school fires gay teacher after wedding

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — A gay teacher at a Catholic high school in Southern California lost his job after his wedding pictures were published in a local newspaper, according to the teacher’s lawyer. Ken Bencomo, 45, was fired…

Senate confirms Joint Chiefs chairman for 2nd term

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved the nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey for another two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Senate voice vote on Thursday came as lawmakers prepared to leave…
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Motorcyclist killed in crash

Justin D. Knapp, 25, of Wellsville was driving a 2007 Honda motorcycle on Y & O Road about 2:30 p.m. when he crashed into a 2000 Mercury Sable driven by Samantha M. Baker, 18, also of Wellsville, as she was turning out of a driveway. …

Gay, lesbian sports hall of fame honors athletes

CHICAGO (AP) — Dave Pallone, who was part of Chicago history when he umpired the first night game at Wrigley Field, is returning to Chicago to take part in another chapter of American sports history: His inclusion in…
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Man donates car to friend

Frank Fordeley gave a car to a woman he has been friends with for 25 years. …

Cowell says ‘X Factor’ female judges reflect music

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Simon Cowell says the mostly female judges’ panel for “The X Factor” reflects what he calls the “girls’ world” of today’s music business. When Fox’s “X Factor” returns in September, Cowell will share…

Lawsuit against Shakira by ex-boyfriend dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Shakira’s ex-boyfriend seeking a portion of the singer’s profits. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Abraham Khan issued his ruling Thursday. Lawyers for the pop…

Army officer found guilty in Afghanistan shootings

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A jury at Fort Bragg has found an 82nd Airborne Division lieutenant guilty of two counts of murder in connection with a series of shootings in Afghanistan. 1st Lt. Clint Lorance was found…

Jackson’s security chief details drug concerns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former security worker for Michael Jackson told a jury Thursday that he was concerned the singer would overdose on prescription medications in the early 2000s but didn’t see signs of impairment later that…
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Woman wins lottery prize

Phyllis Collins of Newton Falls won the $100,000 prize on the Special Edition Cashword scratch-off game. …

Saudi airman rejects plea deal in Vegas child rape

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant rejected a plea deal in a child rape case Thursday, after which a video was played in court of him telling police he had sexual contact with a…

Army officer found guilty in Afghanistan shootings

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A jury at Fort Bragg has found an 82nd Airborne Division lieutenant guilty of two counts of murder in connection with a series of shootings in Afghanistan. 1st Lt. Clint Lorance was found…

Jackson’s security chief details drug concerns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former security worker for Michael Jackson told a jury Thursday that he was concerned the singer would overdose on prescription medications in the early 2000s but didn’t see signs of impairment in the…
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Food giveaway held in Warren

Warren City Schools gave away locally grown produce to families in need through its Summer Feed Program. …

Senate approves Obama’s nominee for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed President Barack Obama’s selection for ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday, capping a month in which senators used a bipartisan truce on once-mired nominations to fill a cluster of vacancies…