Markets buoyed by US data ahead of payrolls report

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets rose Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve gave no indication it was preparing to wind down a massive bond-buying program that has propelled investors into stocks. The Fed wrapped up a two-day policy…

Gay couples get hitched in Minnesota, Rhode Island

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of gay couples began tying the knot early Thursday morning at Minneapolis City Hall as Minnesota became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage. The law allowed weddings to begin just after midnight Wednesday,…

Restraint urged after protest deaths in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least 150 protesters and a dozen security forces have been killed during street demonstrations in Bangladesh over the past six months, a rights group said Thursday in urging both sides to show restraint…

ECB ‘s Draghi holds door open for lower rates

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The recession in the euro area could be ending — and that means the European Central Bank likely won’t cut interest rates Thursday. Economists say the bank’s 23-member governing council will probably leave the…

Chinese professor injured in crash sues Asiana

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Chinese professor who was seriously injured in the Asiana Airlines crash has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the carrier in San Francisco federal court. Zhengheng Xie, whose lawsuit was filed Monday, is…

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2013. There are 152 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 1, 1913, the Joyce Kilmer poem “Trees” was first published in “Poetry: A Magazine…

‘Parks and Rec’ loses 2 cast members

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is losing two of its cast members. Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will leave the series after the 13th episode of the upcoming sixth season. They play characters Chris Traeger…

Taiwan orders more human vaccine as rabies returns

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has ordered tens of thousands of vaccine doses to protect people against the island’s first rabies outbreak in more than 50 years. Health officials have struggled to contain the Taiwan outbreak since July…

Funeral for male rights activist killed in stunt

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A funeral has been held for an activist for men’s rights who died after jumping in South Korea’s Han River in a publicity stunt gone awry. Sung Jae-gi’s funeral ended Thursday. Rescuers on…

Queen Latifah calls on pals for new talk show

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Queen Latifah (lah-TEE’-fuh) says her new daytime talk show is calling on A-list friends for support, including musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz. Keys has already participated in test runs of “The Queen…

Australian gets life term for nursing home fires

SYDNEY (AP) — A nurse has been sentenced to life in prison for setting fires that killed 11 residents at a nursing home in Australia. New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Megan Latham gave Roger Dean the maximum…

Fire rages across Buenos Aires ecological reserve

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A fire has raged across an ecological reserve in the capital of Argentina, just a few blocks from the city’s political and financial center. Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri says there are suspicions…

Protesters invade Rio de Janeiro city building

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators briefly invaded the city council building in Rio de Janeiro in the latest in a wave of protests that have hit Brazil. Police say they repelled about 50 protesters who gained…

Pa. police chief suspended after video profanities

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) — A small-town police chief who appears in online videos using profanity and shooting automatic weapons has been suspended for 30 days without pay. The borough council of Gilberton voted 5-1 at a meeting Wednesday…

Official says gangs in 40 percent of Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran gangs have expanded in the last decade and are now in 40 percent of the Central American country’s territory, with gang members increasingly targeting people in the middle class, an official said Wednesday.…

NYC mayoral hopefuls adjust to Weiner collapse

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn suddenly finds herself in demand on national political television talk shows, and they all want to ask her the same question: Should Anthony Weiner drop out of the race? Quinn,…

Mississippi mayoral election case ends in mistrial

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A jury trial over a lawsuit contesting the results of a Mississippi mayoral election has ended in a mistrial and left incumbent Johnny DuPree, who was the 2011 Democratic nominee for governor, in office…
Youngstown Police

YPD conducts curfew sweep

The Youngstown Police Department conducted a curfew sweep Wednesday night as part of Mayor Chuck Sammarone's "Do you know where your children are?" campaign. …