Ex-Bulger partner wraps up testimony on 6th day

BOSTON (AP) — Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi is expected to take the witness stand for a sixth day of testimony in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger. Flemmi’s cross-examination is set to continue Thursday, a day after…

New Zealand bans ‘Maniac’ from general release

SYDNEY (AP) — New Zealand banned a horror film starring Elijah Wood as a scalp-collecting serial killer from general release after the government deemed it too graphic and disturbing for the public. The Office of Film and Literature…

Death toll hits 11 in Indonesia boat sinking

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers have recovered the bodies of two more asylum seekers who were aboard a boat that sank off Indonesia, bringing the death toll to 11, police said Thursday. The bodies of a 5-year-old Sri…

Rebel pope urges Catholics to shake up dioceses

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis set an action-packed Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, where he will bless the Olympic flag, visit a slum and address upward of 1 million young Roman Catholics on Copacabana beach. The…

BASF Q2 profit dips amid patchy global economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Chemicals and oil company BASF SE says net profit fell 4.2 percent to 1.16 billion euros ($1.53 billion) in the second quarter, held back by weaker demand for some products in an uneven global…

Syrian opposition urges US to provide weapons fast

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tackles two of the world’s most intractable conflicts at the U.N. Thursday — eastern Congo’s nearly two decades of fighting and Syria’s 2 1/2-years of escalating violence. America’s…

Gunmen kill 2 in attack on police in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police and hospital officials say gunmen have ambushed a vehicle carrying a senior police officer in northwest Pakistan, wounding him and killing one of his guards and a driver. Police official Zahid Khan says…

Korean War foes gather in NKorea to remember war

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — U.S., Chinese and North Korean war veterans on Thursday joined North leader Kim Jong Un at an event marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Kim, who took over…

IG: Problems in US justice program in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — An award made to an organization to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan does not appear to contain basic provisions that would allow the State Department to ensure proper oversight of a project expected…

Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 25, the 206th day of 2013. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in…

AP PHOTOS: Crowds turn out for pope despite rain

It was a rainy day, but the Roman Catholic faithful turned out in droves for Pope Francis on Wednesday. He started the day in the town of Aparecida, to attend Mass at the mammoth Basilica of the Shrine…

Wildfire near Lander, Wyo., 47 percent contained

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters are making some progress against a wildfire burning near about 50 summer homes in Wyoming. The 3-square-mile Fairfield Fire was 47 percent contained Wednesday night as crews patrolled containment lines around the blaze…

Private memorial service held for Asiana victims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The victims of the Asiana Airlines crash are being remembered with a memorial service south of San Francisco. A spokesman for Mayor Ed Lee says he attended Wednesday’s private service in Colma for the…

Homicide trial set for Indian actor Salman Khan

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian movie star Salman Khan will face trial next month on a homicide charge for a fatal road accident more than 10 years ago. One man was killed and four people were injured when…

Mexico’s drug war boils over again in Michoacan

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s rough western state of Michoacan, producer of avocados and waves of migrants, is proving just as painful a thorn in the side of President Enrique Pena Nieto as it was for his predecessor,…
Columbiana County EF-O tornado

Tornado hit Col. County

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-O tornado touched down Tuesday in extreme northeast Carroll County and ended just inside the Columbiana County line. …

Imax, Chinese partner plan 120 new cinemas

BEIJING (AP) — Imax and a Chinese partner plan to open up to 120 giant-screen cinemas in China’s fast-growing film market. Imax Corp. and Wanda Cinema Line Corp., Asia’s biggest cinema operator, said Thursday the agreement will make…
Wells Building

Wells Building will be renovated

Update City Council approved a development agreement for a proposed $4 million renovation of the old Wells Building, at 201 W. Federal St. …

Mexico leader to have thyroid nodule removed

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office says he will undergo surgery next week to remove a thyroid nodule. A Wednesday statement from the office says the president will have the operation at the Central…