Celeb birthdays for the week of Aug. 4-10

Aug. 4: Singer Frankie Ford is 74. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 69. Actor Billy Bob Thornton is 58. Actress Kym Karath (“The Sound of Music”) is 55. Actress Lauren Tom (“Joy Luck Club,” ”Men in Trees”) is 54.…

Bryce Pinkham joins ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ on B’way

NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Pinkham has nobly decided to join “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” on Broadway. Producers said Monday that Pinkham will star opposite Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays when the musical begins performances on…

Ohio careful in putting bypass through forest

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Officials working on a new bypass road that cuts through a national forest in southeast Ohio say the state is spending more than $10 million to m……
Home invasion shooting

Home invasion sparks shootout

A Youngstown man was hospitalized and is facing charges after the resident of a Campbell home he broke into came home from lunch and shot him.…
warren police car

Police probe violent acts

Three Warren teenagers reported being victims of violence during the weekend, including two who were taken to a hospital for treatment.…

Pope says he won't judge gay priests

Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

Stocks decline as a busy week for markets begins

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market edged lower in early trading Monday as a big week for economic news got underway. A string of big-name merger deals wasn’t enough to push indexes higher. On Wednesday the government…

Pending sales of US homes slip from 6-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes dipped in June from a six-year high in May, a sign that sales could stabilize over the next few months. The National Association of Realtors…

Former Pa. governor, presidential candidate dies

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — William Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96. Family spokesman Mike DeVanney says Scranton died Sunday night of a cerebral hemorrhage at a…

Former Pa. governor dies

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — William Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96. Family sp……

Britain demands cash bonds for visas from 6 states

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Britain’s Home Office confirmed Monday it will demand a 3,000-pound ($4,630) refundable bond for visas for “high-risk” visitors from six former colonies in Africa and Asia — a pilot scheme that has brought warnings…

Police search lake in Hernandez’s Conn. hometown

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state police divers are searching a lake in the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who is charged with murder. Connecticut police declined to comment on the nature of…

APME Award winners 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The Asbury Park (N.J.) Press and the Virgin Islands Daily News won top awards in the annual Associated Press Media Editors’ Journalism Excellence Awards. APME also said three media companies are finalists for its…

Official: Cannes diamond heist actually nets $136M

PARIS (AP) — A state prosecutor says the organizer of a diamond exhibit and sale has more than doubled the estimated value of diamond jewelry stolen in a brazen weekend heist at a luxury hotel on the French…

Boy, 11, survives 200-foot sliding fall in Utah

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy has survived falling 200 feet down the face of a cliff near a scenic waterfall in Utah. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office says the boy was…

A new, dangerous job in Mogadishu: tax collector

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Somali traders in Mogadishu’s markets have long faced down Islamist rebels and warlords demanding money. Now they say there is a new predator: the government tax man. Militias extorted cash from civilians during…

Tunisia to hold elections by Dec. 17, says PM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s Islamist-led government is under increasing pressure to resign after thousands of people demonstrated against it and dozens of legislators have stopped doing their jobs. Last week’s assassination of opposition politician Mohammed Brahmi plunged…

Belfast attacker of IRA funeral must stay in jail

DUBLIN (AP) — The most notorious Protestant militant of Northern Ireland’s conflict, Michael Stone, must stay in prison for attacking an Irish Republican Army funeral in 1988, the top judge in the British territory ruled Monday. Monday’s Court…

Obama, Clinton meeting for lunch at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the most talked about lunch in the nation’s capital. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are dining privately at the White House Monday. While it’s not the first time the…

AP staffers win APME awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Coverage of Superstorm Sandy and terrorism in Africa won awards for deadline, enterprise and state reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors association for journalism excellence by AP staffers. “AP’s New York and New…