President signs 1st Irish abortion bill into law

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s head of state has signed the country’s first bill on abortion into law, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman’s life at risk. President Michael D. Higgins surprised some analysts…

EU’s Ashton discusses Egypt crisis with Morsi

CAIRO (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief has become the first outsider to meet with deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi since his ouster by the military. Catherine Ashton says the discussion during the two hour meeting…

Verdict to be read in WikiLeaks trial

It’s judgment day for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with aiding the enemy for giving troves of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks.

Futures modestly higher ahead of Fed meeting

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are up modestly, with most investors taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of a two-day Fed policy meeting. Dow Jones industrial futures are up 33 points to 15,516. The broader S&P futures…

Ivete Sangalo brings her Carnival sound to the US

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivete Sangalo can fill large venues in the United States, even while few Americans have ever heard of her or her brand of indefatigable Brazilian party music. That’s because Sangalo can count on legions…
New Dog Warden

New Dog Warden

Mahoning County's new Dog Warden.…
New Dog Warden

New Dog Warden

Mahoning County's new Dog Warden…

Feds will lease mineral rights in Ohio forest

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A federal agency plans to open up a state forest in eastern Ohio to shale gas drilling. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/13j9r0g ) reports……

Romania: Communist jail guard accused of deaths

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian committee investigating crimes committed in the name of communism has asked the general prosecutor to bring charges of aggravated murder against a prison commander for the deaths of six political prisoners. From…

Amid crackdown in Uganda, activists publish books

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Amid a police crackdown on protesters, some Ugandan activists are secretly distributing anti-government texts that they hope will be as effective as placards carried on a street. Activist Norman Tumuhimbise, the author of a…

Cambodia’s PM mulls post-poll options in silence

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — After nearly three decades of autocratic rule, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen may be facing his biggest political dilemma in years, with his party’s parliamentary majority vastly eroded in weekend elections by a…

Georgia to restore monument to Stalin

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia’s Culture Ministry says that a monument to Soviet dictator and native son Josef Stalin taken down three years ago will be restored. The ministry’s spokeswoman, Elena Samkharadze, said Tuesday that the monument in…

Expert testifies about retrieving Sandusky emails

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers will regroup for a second day of testimony in a hearing for three former Penn State officials ensnared in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, a day after a star witness testified that…

Photos: Florida gas plant explosion

A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent “boom after boom after boom” through the neighborhood around it.

Massive explosions rock Fla. gas plant

A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant and sent “boom after boom after boom” through the neighborhood around it. Several people were injured, with at least three critically injured.

Coalition formed to oppose Spitzer’s campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Business leaders, women’s groups and labor unions are joining forces in an effort to convince voters that Eliot Spitzer would be a poor choice for New York City comptroller. The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/13uK5Iq…
Allegiant Flight

New flight for Allegiant

Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport officials announced a new flight destination for Allegiant Airline to Punta Gorda, Fla.…

Internet Cat Video Festival planned for ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of the annual international ArtPrize competition in Michigan say an Internet Cat Video Festival will be part of this year’s event. The free Sept. 27 showing at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown…

Official: Worker’s cigarette caused Pa. gas blast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials are investigating what caused a gas leak that led to the explosion of a Philadelphia row house, injuring eight people. Inspectors spent several hours at the scene of Monday’s explosion and concluded that a…