Jane Austen to grace Bank of England 10-pound note

LONDON (AP) — Jane Austen will become the new face on England’s 10-pound notes — a sign that there is plenty of pride and little prejudice against women on the country’s currency. The Bank of England chose the…

Wrigley Field’s Jumbotron plan heads to final vote

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s City Council is set to consider a proposed $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes a massive Jumbotron in left field. Aldermen are scheduled to give the final vote on the project…

Homeless man’s honesty lauded by upstate NY police

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a lost wallet containing nearly $500 has been returned to its owner after being found by a homeless man living on the streets of a Hudson Valley city. Detective Lt. Thierry Croizer…

Union wants feds to mandate 2-member train crews

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Most railroads in the U.S. use at least two crew members to operate freight trains, but there’s no federal rule to prevent them from using one employee as did a Maine-based railroad whose train,…

Pa. gay couple marries as county defies state ban

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two women have been married in a religious ceremony near Philadelphia after getting a same-sex license from county officials defying a state ban. Alicia Terrizzi says she and Loreen Bloodgood didn’t set out to…

‘The Center Holds’ looks at 2 Obamas

“The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies” (Simon & Schuster), by Jonathan Alter After sailing through two presidential elections by comfortable margins, President Barack Obama finds himself bogged down just six months into his second term. His administration…

2 Maine hikers rescued but drive to ocean deaths

ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman and her pregnant friend visiting from Pennsylvania got lost hiking and were rescued but died later that evening, authorities said, when they accidentally drove their car into the ocean in…

Amid scandal, Va. governor visits Afghanistan

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the midst of a covert trip to Afghanistan to visit American troops, Gov. Bob McDonnell chose not to talk about gifts from a major political donor. The Republican governor spoke with The Associated…

All 30 rescued from Dutch sailing ship off Ireland

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish emergency officials say all 30 people aboard a Dutch sailing ship have been rescued after it crashed into rocks off the County Cork coast. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution says the twin-masted Astrid was…

Serena, Federer join Grande at Open’s Kids’ Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Defending U.S. Open women’s champion Serena Williams and former champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will get in the groove with singer Ariana Grande and other performers at the 18th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’…

Couple to speak about Zimmerman’s help after crash

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A husband and wife who were assisted by George Zimmerman after their SUV flipped over on a Florida highway will speak about their encounter with the former neighborhood watch volunteer, who was acquitted of…

US new-home sales jump to highest level in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans snapped up new homes in June at the fastest pace in five years, a sign the housing recovery is strengthening. Sales of newly built homes rose 8.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted…

Britain’s new prince heads to grandparents’ house

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s new royal baby is doing a lot of meeting and greeting in his first 24 hours out of the hospital. This morning, Queen Elizabeth met her new great-grandson for the first time, during a…

Religion news in brief

Most loving intimacy linked to marriage and worship WASHINGTON — An advocate for traditional marriage says young people need to know that real happiness won’t be found in the hook-up culture. Patrick Fagan, director of the Marriage and…

Live Nation grooving to local grub at its concerts

This just might be music to foodies’ ears. One of the nation’s premier concert promoters is overhauling its concessions to serve only local produce and humanely-raised meats. Live Nation announced Wednesday that starting this week all produce served…

$400K embezzled from violinist for Dave Matthews

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has admitted embezzling at least $400,000 from Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley. Court documents say Getty Andrew Rothenberg pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud in federal court in Charlottesville. The…
Campbell Memorial High School

Agreement reached

Campbell teachers reached a tentative agreement with the school district after meeting with a federal mediator on Tuesday.…
Batteries stolen

Batteries stolen from city

Warren officials are looking to improve security for garbage trucks after someone stole seven batteries from the trucks on Tuesday.…

Joie Chen to host Al-Jazeera newsmagazine

NEW YORK (AP) — Joie (JOY) Chen is returning to television as host of the new Al-Jazeera America network’s flagship newsmagazine, “America Tonight.” The network, which premieres on Aug. 20, announced the hire on Wednesday. Chen has worked…