70th Venice films take bleak view of world today

ROME (AP) — The techno-thriller “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space will open the 70th Venice Film Festival. Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorom” starring Christoph Waltz and Matt Damon, and Jonathan…

Cool ride? German police seize car with pool

BERLIN (AP) — A car caught cruising the streets of a sleepy east German village on a sweltering summer’s day sported a decidedly unorthodox feature: a pool filled to the brim with water. German police say a motorcycle…

Gosling wrote emasculating lines for movie scene

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to conjuring up the most mean-spirited insults a mother could hurl at her son, leave it to Ryan Gosling. In his latest film, “Only God Forgives,” the Canadian actor plays a…
Hughes out for mayor

Hughes drops mayoral run

Former Youngstown Police Chief and mayoral candidate Jimmy Hughes announced on Thursday that he is dropping out of the race for Youngstown mayor.…

Security camera shows moment of Spain train crash

MADRID (AP) — A security camera has captured the moment when a Spanish train veers off the track and crashes into a wall at high speed. The footage posted Thursday on YouTube shows the train rounding a bend,…

Ohio man gets life in immigrant’s slaying

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man who prosecutors say fatally shot an immigrant as part of a gang initiation has been sentenced to life in prison in northeast Ohio. The Akron Beaco……

Egypt braces for day of rival rallies

CAIRO (AP) — The youth group behind the wave of protests that led to the military’s ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president says it’s backing the army chief’s call for mass demonstrations on Friday. The group — Tamarod, or…

Israelis, Palestinians to US next week for talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli and a Palestinian official say preliminary peace talks agreed to after a shuttle mission by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are to begin in Washington on Tuesday. Israeli-Palestinian talks on the terms…

Before ‘Late Night,’ a caped crusade for Meyers

NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker first began plotting “The Awesomes,” their new comic animated superhero series, in 2006, when Meyers was ascending to the Weekend Update desk at “Saturday Night Live.” “Time-wise, this was…

NKorea threatens to put troops at factory park

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pyongyang has threatened to reposition troops at a stalled inter-Korean factory park at a North Korean border town. It’s a warning Pyongyang has made before and is seen by analysts as an effort…
Glenwood water main break

Water break floods street

Water main breaks in Youngstown and Boardman could cause detours for motorists Thursday morning.…

Rig owner eyes relief well to divert gas off coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of a natural gas drilling rig aflame off of Louisiana’s coast said preparations were under way for the possible drilling of a relief well to divert gas from the site and bring…

Prosecutors: Manning wanted attention for leaks

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — The court-martial of a U.S. Army private who leaked reams of classified information is heading toward closing arguments. The trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning enters its eighth week Thursday at Fort Meade, near…

Newtown OKs use of grant money for new school

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown residents have approved spending $750,000 in grant money from the state of Connecticut to begin work on replacing the school where 26 people were shot to death in December. The News Times of…

US surveillance survives close vote

Wednesday night’s 217-205 vote was unlikely to be the final word on government intrusion to defend the U.S. and Americans’ civil liberties.

Futures mixed after factory data comes in healthy

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are heading lower before the Labor Department releases weekly jobs numbers, setting up U.S. markets for a third consecutive day of losses. Economists expect that the government will report that the number…

Ohio man claims casino caused robbery of $35,000

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who was robbed of more than $35,000 in gambling winnings is suing the Columbus casino where he won the money, arguing a cashier should have issued him a check instead of cash.…

77 people dead in Spain train accident

Spanish investigators tried to determine Thursday why a passenger train jumped the tracks and sent eight cars crashing into each other on the eve of a major Christian religious festival, killing at least 78 people and injuring more than 140.

Swedish lawmaker caught with his pants down

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish politician who wanted to show his new tattoo to followers on a social media site accidentally revealed far more than he intended. Lars Ohly, former leader of Sweden’s Left Party, posted a picture…

Stinky rest room was skunk’s fault

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man is under arrest for taking a skunk to the rest room — and leaving it there. Kevin Kibert (KY’-burt) told WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/137d7Cc ) in Hazard during a jailhouse interview that he…