Senate panel OKs Joint Chiefs chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey for another two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The committee also voted on Tuesday for another term…

Nielsen’s top programs for July 22-28

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 22-28. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “Under the Dome,” CBS, 11.6 million. 2. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 10.64 million. 3.…

Strong week for ABC’s ‘World News’

NEW YORK (AP) — Just before a new NBC News president gets to work, her division is seeing another longtime winning streak come to an end. For the first time since November 2008 — a stretch of 243…

1 of 3 elderly men held captive in Texas home dies

HOUSTON (AP) — One of three men found malnourished and held against their will in a dungeon-like garage of a Houston house has died. A Houston police statement Tuesday says 79-year-old William Merle Greenawalt died Thursday. Two other…

UN demands end to escalating violence in Darfur

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is demanding an end to escalating violence in Darfur and more robust action by peacekeepers to protect civilians, ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid, and deter threats against peacekeeping troops.…

US home prices rise 12.2 percent, best in 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May compared with a year ago, the biggest annual gain since March 2006. The increase shows the housing recovery is strengthening. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price…

2 Venezuelans charged in shooting of US officials

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor’s office says two men have been charged in the shooting of two U.S. Embassy employees inside a Caracas strip club in May. The office identifies the defendants in a press release…

Jamaica court says commission has power of arrest

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican court has ruled that a commission that investigates allegations of abuse by the island’s police has the power to arrest and charge. The Independent Commission of Investigations describes Tuesday’s judgment by the…

‘Vampire Diaries’ star Paul Wesley divorcing wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two married actors from the CW series “The Vampire Diaries” are splitting up. Thirty-one-year-old Paul Wesley, who plays vampire Stefan Salvatore, is ending his marriage to Torrey DeVitto after two years of marriage. They…

Stockbroker in Broadway scam admits other crimes

A former stockbroker already facing prison after admitting he conned the Broadway producers of a failed production of “Rebecca” pleaded guilty on Tuesday to money laundering charges stemming from a separate investigation on Long Island, prosecutors said. Mark…

3rd UK serviceman dies after training exercise

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Ministry of Defense says a third soldier has died from injuries sustained in a training exercise in Wales earlier this month. The soldier had been hospitalized following the exercise on the Brecon Beacons mountain…

UN: Chile should solve land dispute with Mapuche

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The U.N. special investigator on human rights and counter-terrorism is asking Chile to stop using an anti-terrorism law against the Mapuche Indians. Ben Emmerson says the situation is “volatile” in the southern regions of…

Nigeria pulls battalion of troops from Mali

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A battalion of Nigerian troops fighting Islamic extremists in Mali will return home Wednesday, where their country faces a similar challenge. Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade said Tuesday some will be redeployed…

Reality check: Criminal cases involving reality TV

The charges that Teresa Giudice of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and her husband failed to file tax returns and tried to hide their income are hardly the first time people in reality TV have made appearances…
Columbiana County economy

Fair highlights shale benefits

As the Columbiana County Fair celebrates its 168th year, it is also welcoming the benefits from the oil and gas industry. …

Tropical Storm Gil swirls in Pacific

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Gil has formed in the Pacific, far off the southern tip of California. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says maximum sustained winds on Tuesday evening are at 40 mph (65…

Flooding from ruptured duct kills girl in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 3-year-old girl was killed and 13 people injured when a water duct ruptured Tuesday in a poor suburb of western Rio de Janeiro, creating a high-pressure spurt that flooded dozens of homes,…
Community Bill of Rights

Fracking bill headed for ballot

Supporters who want to pass a Community Bill of Rights in Youngstown are trying to get the issue back on the ballot in November.…

Prison, lashes for liberal Saudi web forum founder

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The founder of a liberal-minded website in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes after angering Islamic authorities in the ultraconservative kingdom, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Raif…

Pa. sues to stop issuance of gay marriage licenses

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State officials asked a court to stop a rogue county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Tuesday, nearly a week after a clerk began granting them in violation of Pennsylvania law. The petition…