Socialists pull out of Portuguese government talks

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The leader of Portugal’s main opposition party says talks aimed at resolving a dispute over changes in the coalition government have failed. The coalition nearly split July 2 when Foreign Minister Paulo Portas, the…

Water restrictions lifted for 200,000 in Md.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Officials have lifted mandatory water restrictions for some 200,000 residents and businesses in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., as repairs were completed on a failing transmission main. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission lifted…

Vin Diesel: Dungeons & Dragons fueled creativity

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dungeons & Dragons inspired Vin Diesel as a child, and having children of his own changed how he sees his killer characters. The action star appeared at Comic-Con Friday to help unveil footage from…

Fox says ‘Glee’ season delayed by Monteith death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox TV says that production will be delayed on its series “Glee” because of the death of star Cory Monteith. In a statement Friday, Fox said the show will go into production in early…

Teen dies in 16-story fall from Ala. beach condo

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — A Louisiana teenager is dead after falling 16 stories into the pool at a beachfront condominium in Alabama. Orange Beach police say 18-year-old Challenge Talbot of Thibodaux, La., was found dead about 3:45…

US urges Bangladesh to protect workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday urged Bangladesh to take measures to protect workers’ rights and improve factory conditions if it wants to have trade benefits restored. The Obama administration suspended Bangladesh’s preferential trade arrangements on…

Man arrested for stealing Bay Area transit bus

OAKDALE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a shirtless man who allegedly stole a transit bus from a San Francisco terminal drove it 100 miles before being arrested. California Highway Patrol officers put down road spikes to flatten the…

Creators, stars reveal ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans expecting to see a snippet of the new “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” television show Friday at Comic-Con got a surprise instead — the chance to see the entire debut episode. Thousands of fans…

Smarter zombies coming to ‘The Walking Dead’

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The zombies are adapting on “The Walking Dead.” The fourth season trailer debuted at Comic-Con showed off a breed of stronger, savvier undead — or “walkers,” as they’re called on the hit AMC zombie…

Cruz, Paul address religious leaders in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Republican senators on Friday were courting a group that could wield powerful influence over the outcome of the state’s 2016 GOP presidential caucuses: Iowa’s evangelical pastors. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a conservative…

Passengers sweat it out in Allegiant Air delay

PHOENIX (AP) — Allegiant Airlines says Arizona’s summer heat can increase mechanical issues. That appears to be the case on a flight this week out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. KTVK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1bttn5b) more than 150 passengers on an…

Pa. woman killed in riding mower accident

LITITZ, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Lancaster County woman was killed when her riding mower went over an embankment and pinned her underneath. The body of 59-year-old……
anti-fracking amendment

Anti-fracking issue resurfaces

After unsuccessfully trying to get an anti-fracking charter amendment passed in May, the Community Bill of Rights Committee is trying again. …
"Welcome to Youngstown" Artist: Christian Mrosko.

Downtown mural complete

People traveling to Downtown Youngstown via Market Street now have a beautiful sight to behold.…

Cameroon blasts reporting of gay activist’s death

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon has criticized the media’s reporting on the killing of a prominent gay activist that drew statements of concern from the U.S., France, Britain and the U.N. In the first official response to the…

Cuba film school halts new students in budget woes

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s International School of Cinema is suspending new admissions for a year in response to budgetary woes resulting from international economic difficulties, the school’s interim director said Friday. The institution, which is mostly funded by…

Vets describe second betrayal when seeking care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Marine Tara Johnson says that when she finally got medical care after being sexually assaulted in the military, the Veterans Affairs doctor asked whether she really thought she had been raped. She left the…

Why can’t Detroit make comeback like Big Three?

DETROIT (AP) — Four years ago, America’s Big Three automakers mortgaged all they owned or went into bankruptcy court to keep from going broke. Since then, General Motors, Chrysler and Ford have all returned to full financial health,…

P&G to occupy huge Pa. distribution center

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble is planning to occupy a large distribution center under development in southcentral Pennsylv……

Parents of dead NM woman struggle with acquittal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The father of a New Mexico woman whose husband was acquitted of murder said Friday the family still believes former Albuquerque police officer Levi Chavez staged her suicide. “Justice was not served,” Joseph Cordova…