Sen. McCain plans to stall Dempsey’s nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is deliberating whether to use military power in Syria, where a civil war entering its third year has killed almost 93,000 people, the nation’s top military officer told a Senate panel Thursday.…

2 Spanish aid workers freed in Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The aid group Doctors Without Borders says that two of its workers kidnapped by Somali militants from a Kenyan refugee camp in October 2011 have been released. Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that the…
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Boy, 2, injured in drunk crash

A Warren man is facing charges that allege he drunkenly crashed his car into a telephone poll with a 2-year-old in the backseat without a car seat.…
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Ursuline football preview

Larry Kempe begins his second season as the head football coach at Ursuline with a week one match up against Walsh Jesuit.…

Lindy Hess, who ran publishing program, dead at 63

NEW YORK (AP) — Lindy Hess, who ran a rigorous and influential publishing training program at Columbia University that helped many break into the book industry, has died. She was 63. Shaye Areheart, deputy director of the Columbia…

Coroner: Pa. trooper right in scissors shooting

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a state trooper was justified in fatally shooting a man who reportedly slashed the officer with scissors at a southwestern Pennsy……

List of Emmy Award nominations in major categories

Nominees in major categories for the 2013 Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC; “Downton Abbey,” PBS; “Game of Thrones,” HBO; “Homeland,” Showtime; “House of Cards,” Netflix; “Mad…

Pittsburgh woman sues over peace-sign pretzels

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman who claims to own the exclusive right to produce pretzels shaped like peace signs is suing two food companies for patent infringem……

New charge against imprisoned Tunisian feminist

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A lawyer for a Tunisian feminist who is in prison awaiting trial says his client has now been charged with insulting a prison guard. Amina Sboui shocked Tunisians by posting on Facebook in March…

Kenya vote totals still secret 4 months later

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The chairman of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has refused to be sworn in before a parliament committee and stormed out of the hearing, breaking a pledge made this week that the commission…

Tina Turner marries long-time beau in Switzerland

GENEVA (AP) — Legendary rock singer Tina Turner has married her longtime German beau, Erwin Bach, in a Swiss civil ceremony, a local mayor said Thursday. The 73-year-old singer tied the knot at the registry office of her…

House proposes massive cuts to US aid, diplomacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are seeking billions of dollars in cuts to U.S. foreign operations. The move that will surely spark opposition from the White House and the Democratic-led Senate. The House Appropriations Committee’s bill for next…

Police find body of woman taken from Mich. store

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A woman’s body was found Thursday near a suburban Detroit discount store where a 20-year-old assistant store manager was abducted and her co-worker was fatally shot, police said. Investigators found the body in a…

List of Emmy Award nominations in major categories

Nominees in major categories for the 2013 Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC; “Downton Abbey,” PBS; “Game of Thrones,” HBO; “Homeland,” Showtime; “House of Cards,” Netflix; “Mad…

Jailed general cleared of contempt of court

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has acquitted a jailed Bosnian Serb army general of contempt of court, saying his post-traumatic stress disorder was a reasonable excuse for refusing to testify in the trial…

US rate on 30-year mortgage declines to 4.37 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average rates on U.S. fixed mortgages declined this week as concern waned in the financial markets over the Federal Reserve’s possible slowing of its bond purchases this year. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average…

Earnings gains drive stocks higher in early trade

NEW YORK (AP) — Solid earnings gains at major U.S. companies drove stocks higher in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday. The advance put the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index back into…

Argentine Jews demand justice from Iran in bombing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine Jewish leaders are harshly criticizing their government on the 19th anniversary of the nation’s worst terrorist attack. The bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association killed 85 people in 1994 and remains unsolved.…

Palestinian leaders discussing Kerry proposal

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Mahmoud Abbas convened a special gathering of top Palestinian officials in the West Bank on Thursday for what could be a make-or-break decision on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest efforts…

Cyprus to issue license for first casino resort

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ government says the Cabinet has decided to issue a license to build the bailed-out country’s first casino resort. Spokesman Christos Stylianides said Thursday that the license will be granted to the successful bidder…