Shale Drilling

Drinking water safe in fracking

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.…

Teen in Asiana crash killed by vehicle

A teenager survived the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle rushing to fight a blaze that broke out on the plane, authorities said on Friday.

Jackson’s mother says concert schedule worried her

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s mother told jurors Friday that she is suing the promoter of her son’s ill-fated comeback concerts to find out the truth about his death. Katherine Jackson, 83, said it’s been difficult to…

Russia’s overlap of law and politics

MOSCOW (AP) — In the minutes after opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to prison, the Russian stock market took a dive. When a court released him a day later, share prices dropped markedly again. Russia’s legal system…

Pelosi won’t say if San Diego mayor should resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi won’t say if she thinks the mayor of San Diego should resign over allegations he has repeatedly groped women. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is a fellow California Democrat and…

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’: Heaven-sent or weak event?

NEW YORK (AP) — To no one’s surprise, Kanye West’s sixth solo effort debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts last month. But “Yeezus” only sold 327,000 units that week — West’s lowest first-week sales since…

Trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, 102: Jazz keeps him going

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Music, jazz music, is what keeps Lionel Ferbos going at 102. The Creole jazz singer and trumpeter celebrated his 102nd birthday July 17 by blowing the high notes for friends and family at the…
Columbiana county homicide

Police probe fatal shooting

The Columbiana County Sheriff is investigating a possible homicide after finding a man shot inside a Center Township home. …

Senegal probes drug claims against police director

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal says it is investigating allegations that the national police director has been involved in drug trafficking. A government statement published Thursday says President Macky Sall wants an investigation of Abdoulaye Niang to be…

Innovative Pakistani mosque takes on sectarianism

ISLAMABAD (AP) — In a country where sectarian violence is spiking, Zahid Iqbal is playing an innovative role in trying to bring peace to Pakistan’s competing Islamic sects by simply not taking sides. His mosque in the capital…

Ex-U of Wyo. student accused of fabricating threat

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming investigators traced a sexually, potentially threatening online Facebook comment to the personal computer of a former student who was the supposed victim of the attack, according to court documents. Meghan Lanker-Simons,…

Judge dismisses Faulkner heirs’ suit against Sony

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights LLC sued Sony Pictures…

Zimbabwe: first independent TV station on air

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s first independent television station says it is going on air to challenge the 30-year state broadcasting monopoly controlled by President Robert Mugabe. The new station is to begin broadcasting Friday evening. Mugabe’s party…

Fort Bliss: Contaminated bunker not a threat

FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) — Army officials are downplaying the threat to Fort Bliss personnel exposed to radiation detected in a bunker at the West Texas military post. Leaders at Fort Bliss said Friday that testing shows contamination…

Insufficient brake force blamed in Canada crash

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Insufficient brake force was applied before an oil train slammed into a town in Quebec on July 6 and killed 50 people, officials said Friday. Donald Ross, chief investigator for the Transportation Safety Board…

SEC rejects $18M deal with Falcone, hedge fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected an $18 million settlement that would have banned billionaire hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone from the securities industry for two years. Falcone and Harbinger Capital Partners were told Thursday…

ICC tries to strengthen case against Gbagbo

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A top International Criminal Court says she traveled to Ivory Coast to strengthen her office’s case against former President Laurent Gbagbo, who has been accused of crimes against humanity in the country’s 2010-11…

More than 1,000 show up for Haiti anti-gay protest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — More than 1,000 people in Haiti are participating in a rare demonstration to protest homosexuality. Eddy Jean-Pierre, who says he’s a Protestant, is among demonstrators in the capital of Port-au-Prince. They are urging lawmakers…
Niles raid child porn arrest

Niles home raided

A man who neighbors said told children he was Santa Claus was taken into custody Friday after law enforcement raided his home. …