US judge strikes Fed’s cap on debit ‘swipe’ fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a rule setting a cap on the fees that banks can charge merchants for handling debit card purchases. He said the Federal Reserve didn’t have the authority to set…

Pennies go long way in Staples deal with NY state

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Staples, Inc. is practically giving stuff away under a new contract with New York state, charging just a penny for hundreds of items ranging from batteries and pens to surge protectors, staplers and even…

US stocks end mixed, close out a strong July

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is ending mixed after wavering in response to the Federal Reserve’s latest assessment of the U.S. economy. July was still the best month for the market since January. The Dow Jones…

Obama honors NCAA champions UConn women

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama honored the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team Wednesday, calling its players incredible athletes, outstanding women, and role models on and off the court. Obama welcomed the Huskies at a White House…

Review: Chromecast streams media at a nice price

ATLANTA (AP) — A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs…

UN experts to probe alleged Syria chemical attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts will travel to Syria as soon as possible to investigate three alleged incidents of chemical weapons, the United Nations announced Wednesday. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the green light for the investigation…

Greek court convicts 9 over cruise ship sinking

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court has convicted nine officers and shipping company officials of negligence in the sinking of a cruise ship off the resort island of Santorini more than six years ago. The Piraeus court…

Brazil investing $4B in Sao Paulo infrastructure

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s president has announced a $4 billion program to improve transport, sewage and public housing in Sao Paulo, the nation’s biggest city. That comes in the wake of nationwide protests that saw angered demonstrators…

Not a car or bicycle, but a blend _ an ELF vehicle

RESTON, Virginia (AP) — A Massachusetts man is taking his car-bicycle blend “Organic Transit Vehicle” — also known as an ELF bike — on a 1,200-mile trip from North Carolina to Massachusetts this summer, turning heads as the…
Potential Development HighSchool

School focuses on autism

A new school in the Valley will welcome students with autism this fall. …

UPMC settles $1M billing errors case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle a case of Medicare billing errors. The Depa……
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Investigation stalls

Mercer County investigators said it will likely take at least two more weeks until they get a clearer picture of what happened to a 76-year-old Hempfield Township businessman who was fatally stabbed more than 70 times.…

Milton Greene slides of Marilyn, others snag $1.8M

NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of negatives of Marilyn Monroe and other stars by celebrity photographer Milton Greene have sold at auction for $1.8 million. The archive includes 3,700 negatives and slides of Marilyn Monroe. All…

Obama to discuss homeownership Tuesday in Phoenix

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen Arizona for the next stop on his middle-class speech tour. The White House says Obama will visit Phoenix next Tuesday to lay out ideas for helping homeowners and others who…

Restored Star Trek ship Galileo arrives in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — When the smoke cleared and the music died down, Candy Torres could no longer contain herself. Looking at the shiny, restored Star Trek Galileo shuttlecraft sitting in Houston in all its TV glory, she broke…

AP IMPACT: US military giveaways, little oversight

MORVEN, Georgia (AP) — Small-town police departments across the U.S. have been accepting tons of equipment discarded by a downsizing military — regardless of whether the items are needed or will ever be used. In the tiny farming…

Brazil did not support IMF aid payment for Greece

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the International Monetary Fund Executive Board is not backing the latest bailout payment for Greece. Paulo Nogueira Batista of Brazil, one of 24 board members, said Wednesday the IMF’s latest report on…