Texas Republicans finally pass new abortion limits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans in the Texas Legislature have passed an omnibus abortion bill that is one of the most restrictive in the nation. But Democrats vowed Saturday to fight both in the courts and the ballot…

Cambodian opposition chief to return home July 19

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s self-exiled opposition leader announced Saturday that he will return to his homeland on July 19, less than two weeks before his beleaguered party challenges entrenched Prime Minister Hun Sen in national polls.…

Countries seek to bring home Guantanamo detainees

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s renewed push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects has given a glimmer of hope to foreign governments that he will fulfill that promise and triggered diplomatic maneuvering from U.S.…

Today in History

Today is Saturday, July 13, the 194th day of 2013. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1863, deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York…

Magazine fights child obesity 1 recipe at a time

For years, cookbook writer Sally Sampson had wanted to write for children. No one was interested. But by 2010, the time was right. Alarm over rising rates of childhood obesity was reaching new heights, as was awareness of…

Employers offer pet insurance as employee perk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Melissa Yoakam jokingly calls her dog Shadow her “car payment” because she pays $250 a month for the 12-year-old’s cancer treatments. She’d pay far less if she had pet insurance, but she didn’t take…

Larkin puts conservation in business terms

“Environmental Debt” (Palgrave Macmillan), by Amy Larkin Money doesn’t grow on trees, especially not when you’ve cut down all the trees to reap short-term profits, argues a former Greenpeace USA official pitching conservation to corporate executives. With more…

TV station reports bogus SF crash pilot names

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area TV station has apologized after reporting bogus names of the four pilots aboard Asiana Airlines flight 214 that were a play on Asian names. KTVU-TV co-anchor Tori Campbell read…

Gross-out dare likely made San Diego students sick

SAN DIEGO (AP) — School officials say lunchtime dares to drink a weird concoction that included hot sauce, carrots, salt and milk likely caused 22 students to get sick at a San Diego elementary school — if all…

JetBlue flight lands in NC after smoke warning

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A JetBlue flight from New York to Tampa made an unscheduled landing in North Carolina after the crew reported a smoke indicator light was activated in the cockpit. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen…
CAROUSEL IN THE RUNNING

Carousel in the running

Jane's Carousel, which originally sat in Idora Park, has been nominated in the Most Awesome Parks and Playgrounds category in the New York 2013 Red Tricycle's Totally Awesome Awards.…
Buffalo Hollow benefit

Concert benefits injured soldiers

All the proceeds from the two-day event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, which is aimed at providing aid to wounded Iraq and Afghan veterans.…
Jimmy Lee project

Fundraiser set Sunday at B&O

The Jimmy Lee Project raises money for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. …
Scrappers Valley Cats

Scrappers drop 10th straight

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost their 10th straight game on Friday night, 2-1, to the Tri City Valley Cats.…
Tour of the Valley

Cycling event rides into town

More than 300 cyclists from all across the country, including West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Florida, and even Canada, are participating in this year's Tour of the Valley event. …

Army says its helicopters buzzed Washington city

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Army says it’s responsible for the low-flying military helicopters with spotlights that buzzed around the small town of Port Angeles, Wash., late Thursday. An Army official is apologizing for the unannounced training…

Union doctor faces challenges in ‘Surgeon in Blue’

“Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care” (Arcade Publishing), by Scott McGaugh Here’s what a real Washington scandal looks like: Many Union soldiers wounded at Bull Run, the Civil War’s first major…
OHP drug arrests up

Patrol's drug arrests rising

Locally, Trumbull County has the highest number of drug arrests for 2013, with 25. Mahoning County has recorded 19 drug arrests, while Columbiana County has 15.…