Kerry wins Arab backing on Mideast peace effort

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has won Arab League backing for his effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, raising hopes that the stalled negotiations could resume. Kerry cited significant progress in narrowing gaps between…

Review: Sara Bareilles shines on ‘Blessed Unrest’

Sara Bareilles, “The Blessed Unrest” (Epic Records) There’s a sweet way Sara Bareilles sings about her breakup on her new album. She’s soft on the honeyed, piano pop gems that make up “The Blessed Unrest,” her voice is…
Liberty Township

Trustees refute state audit

Liberty Trustees are refuting a recent state audit of the township government that questions how long the community can remain viable.…

2nd Ecuador volcano steps up eruption

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Scientists say lava flow and ash and gas emissions have intensified at a second Ecuadorean volcano, Reventador, as the full-bore eruption of the Tungurahua cone continues. Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute says the lava flow on…
Money

Bank warns of fraud

Home Savings & Loan is warning customer about fraudulent telephone calls being made to customers.…

Capsule reviews of new movie releases

“Only God Forgives” — At one point in this cartoonishly dark revenge saga starring Ryan Gosling, a man is terrorized by having sharp chopstick-like blades rammed through both arms, then both legs. And the torture session’s just getting…
Girard Multi-generational Center

Elderly try to stay cool

As this heat wave continues, people are turning to local agencies to stay safe and cool.…

Review: Not much to forgive in ‘Only God Forgives’

Let’s get right to the basics, shall we? At one point in “Only God Forgives,” the cartoonishly dark revenge saga starring Ryan Gosling, a man is terrorized by having sharp chopstick-like blades rammed through both arms, then both…

Heat blankets much of US as summer sizzles

NEW YORK (AP) — Forecasters warned of potentially dangerous temperatures from Minnesota to Massachusetts, as the nation’s largest heat wave of the summer stretched out and stagnated, with relief in many places still days away. The National Weather…

Groups condemn threats against Haiti’s gay society

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Watchdog groups in Haiti are condemning what they say has been a series of threats targeting the Caribbean nation’s small gay community. Attorney Mario Joseph and gay rights advocate Charlot Jeudy said at a…

Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia

BOSTON (AP) — Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all. Noticing you have had a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could…

House GOP sponsor wants new voting rights law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House Republican says Congress should pass a new voting rights law before the 2014 midterm elections. Wisconsin Republican James Sensenbrenner told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the Supreme Court commanded Congress to…

Bipartisan Senate group pushes reporter shield law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday pressed forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, and Sen.…

Wis. man, 76, guilty in fatal shooting of teen

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 76-year-old Milwaukee man was found guilty Wednesday of fatally shooting his 13-year-old neighbor whom he suspected had broken into his home and stealing weapons. The trial now shifts into a second phase in which…

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: July 11 The Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky., on militants’ attacks on school were evil and barbaric: Islamic militants’ recent attack on a boarding school in…

Ohio boy dies after becoming wedged amid furniture

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old Ohio boy with cerebral palsy became wedged between furniture and suffocated to death while playing at his home with his twin brother, who also has cerebral palsy and couldn’t free him, authorities…

Pregnant former Olympian dies, baby saved in Conn.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Olympic and professional runner from Ethiopia who was due to give birth in three weeks has died after collapsing at a Connecticut restaurant, but doctors were able to save her baby, her…

Controller: $16K missing from western Pa. jail

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The county controller says nearly $16,000 is missing from an account holding inmate funds at the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, along with two……