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Home sales up in Ohio

A local Realtor said there's not enough supply to meet the demand for homes in certain local markets and neighborhoods, such as Poland, Boardman and Canfield. …

Explosion fuels protests of China chemical plants

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept…

‘Masters of Sex’ takes explicit look at sexuality

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There’s so much sex depicted on a new cable TV series about researchers Masters and Johnson that filming it became ho-hum for star Michael Sheen. “I never thought I would get used to…

Bill urges schools to stock anti-allergy drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at helping schools better prepare for severe, sometimes life-threatening, allergic reactions caused by eating peanuts or other food products. The measure would give grant preferences to states that…

5 Ohio counties violate sulfur dioxide standard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has included five Ohio counties in its list of communities where concentrations of sulfur dioxide violate……

Showtime executive hints at ‘Dexter’ spinoff

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Showtime’s president is hinting that a “Dexter” spin-off may be forthcoming. David Nevins said Tuesday that Showtime has signed a two-year deal with Scott Buck, the executive producer of “Dexter.” The serial killer…

Western Pa. doctor accused of indecent assault

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania doctor has been accused of inappropriately touching two female patients at his Pittsburgh-area office. Authorities said 5……

Calif. porn maker to stop Ben & Jerry’s spoofs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The days of buying pornographic videos with names based on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors are over. Caballero Video has agreed to stop marketing “Boston Cream Thigh,” ”Peanut Butter D-Cup” and other films…

Southern Co. taking $450M charge for Miss. plant

ATLANTA (AP) — Southern Co. shareholders will absorb $450 million in losses incurred while building a new coal-fired power plant in Mississippi, raising the total write-offs on the construction project to nearly $1 billion, utility officials said Tuesday.…

Louis-Dreyfus praises Gandolfini’s final film role

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus says audiences will “really freak out” over James Gandolfini’s performance in his final film. Gandolfini plays her character’s love interest in Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said,” set for release in September. The…

Weiner in new NY campaign ad: I won’t quit

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has released a new campaign video saying he won’t quit the race. The 1 minute video was posted on his campaign’s website Tuesday evening. Speaking directly into…

House rejects $250 cap on rural air subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has rejected an attempt to cut off subsidized air travel to rural towns and cities where taxpayer costs exceed $250 per ticket. The current permissible subsidy is $1,000 per ticket. That’s forced just…

McClatchy asks whether US spied on its reporter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The McClatchy news organization asked National Intelligence Director James Clapper on Tuesday whether U.S. intelligence agencies monitored mobile phone calls between a McClatchy freelance reporter and his sources in Afghanistan. In a letter to Clapper,…

Jury: Quarter horse group violating antitrust laws

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The nation’s pre-eminent quarter horse association is violating state and federal antitrust laws by banning cloned horses from its prestigious registry, a Texas jury ruled Tuesday in a case being closely watched by breeding…

Smoke diverts NYC-to-Montreal flight to upstate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An American Eagle flight from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to Montreal was diverted to an upstate airport after smoke was reported in the cockpit and cabin on Tuesday, but it made a safe…

Arizona boy digging for worms finds a handgun

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy digging for worms in northern Arizona found a gun buried near his home. Police in Prescott (PREHS’-kiht) say the stainless-steel .38-caliber revolver was in plastic bag along with one bullet just…

Playwright Tom Stoppard wins PEN/Pinter prize

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-winning playwright Tom Stoppard has been awarded a major freedom-of-speech prize for his determination to “tell things as they are,” writers organization PEN said in a statement Wednesday. The PEN/Pinter prize was established in 2009…

UN reduces peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council on Tuesday welcomed progress toward restoring peace in Ivory Coast following the violent post-election crisis two years ago and reduced the size of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the West African…

Josh Hartnett, Eva Green join Showtime thriller

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Showtime says Josh Hartnett and Eva Green have been cast in the period psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful.” Showtime’s president, David Nevins, described the production as a scary monster story with a different look…

Pentagon: Afghan forces will need help beyond 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Tuesday that “substantial” long-term military support will be needed to ensure that Afghans can hold off the Taliban insurgency after the U.S. combat mission ends in December 2014. The White House has…