Minor charges dropped in Chris Brown traffic case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Chris Brown’s lawyer has entered a not-guilty plea for him to a hit-and-run charge that led to his parole being revoked. A spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office says charges of…

House panel wants deep cut in Great Lakes program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal programs aimed at some of the Great Lakes’ most longstanding ecological problems would lose about 80 percent of their funding under a spending plan approved by a Republican-controlled U.S. House panel. The…

Document: Teen’s DNA linked him to girl’s death

SAGINAW, Texas (AP) — A police officer was shot Tuesday when gunfire erupted as law enforcement tried to serve arrest and search warrants on a suspect in the killing of a 6-year-old girl whose naked, bound body was…

Havana airport to get $10.2 million upgrade

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s main international terminal is getting a $10.2 million overhaul to improve operations at the overcrowded facility, according to state-run media. The Havana Reporter, an English-language semi-weekly newspaper that hit kiosks Tuesday, said the Terminal…

NY to refund gay couples forced to pay estate tax

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the refunds are being issued as…

Lawmaker urges steps to open Japanese markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Democratic leader on trade policy on Tuesday said the time is right to press Japan on its closed markets as Japan formally joins the United States and 10 other Asia-Pacific nations in negotiations…

S. Sudan’s political shakeup: 29 ministers fired

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir has dismissed his first vice president and 29 government ministers. In a decree read on national television Tuesday evening, Kiir also suspended Pagan Amum, the secretary general of…

Taxi driver apologizes for killing DEA agent

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A taxi driver jailed in the stabbing death of a U.S. drug agent in Colombia has tearfully confessed in a radio interview, saying the American fought back with his hands after an attempt to…

Va. governor apologizes, repays loans to donor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says he has repaid a major political donor more than $124,000 in loans to the governor’s wife and a business McDonnell owns with his sister. In a statement from McDonnell’s private…

Illegal pipeline taps double in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of illegal taps drilled into Mexican oil and gas pipelines to steal fuel has doubled so far in 2013, one of the few crime-related statistics the administration of new President Enrique Pena…

Texas attorney general campaigns from wheelchair

HOUSTON (AP) — The stage at a Houston honky-tonk has a wheelchair ramp. At another rally, Greg Abbott’s aides lay plywood boards on the ground to make a smooth path over wet grass. Other stops have no speaking…

Coroner: Texas roller coaster victim fell 75 feet

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A coroner says the passenger killed while riding a Texas roller coaster was ejected from her seat and plummeted about 75 feet before striking a metal beam. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office…

Anthony Weiner caught in another sexting scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admits he sent additional explicit photos and texts to a woman online. The new lewd correspondence was posted Monday by the gossip website The Dirty. The woman…
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I-80 crackdown set

The Ohio State Patrol will be joining other law enforcement agencies from New Jersey to California for “I-80 Cross-Country Crackdown.”…

Mauritania frees Canadian accused of terror ties

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A Mauritanian official says a 24-year-old Canadian man sentenced to 18 months in prison for alleged ties to al-Qaida’s North Africa branch has been freed. The official, who insisted on anonymity because he was…

Rocket attack in Libya hits near luxury hotel

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A rocket-propelled grenade struck a building in Libya’s capital Tuesday next to a luxury hotel where the prime minister has an apartment, a military official said. No injuries were immediately reported. The attack in…

Picking a royal name that can define an era

LONDON (AP) — The Victorians. The Edwardians. The Elizabethans. Royal names can define a generation. So imagine the pressure on the new parents to pick the right one! Now that Prince William and his wife Kate have a…

Senate moves forward on transportation spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $108 billion measure that would boost funding for infrastructure projects and housing subsidies for the poor is moving ahead in the Senate. The measure cleared a procedural hurdle by a bipartisan 73-26 vote Tuesday,…
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Police: Keep intersection clear

Some of the traffic tie-ups along the construction on U.S. Route 224 in Boardman are being caused by motorists not obeying the law.…