Officials: NM mom struck by lightning, gives birth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Authorities say Kendra Villanueva and the baby’s father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with…

Crystal touts tourism for NY hometown after Sandy

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Crystal is going to bat for his New York hometown following the pummeling it took from Superstorm Sandy. The comedian and “When Harry Met Sally” actor has made a television commercial telling…

Venezuela announces hard-currency auction

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s central bank says that on Friday it will begin selling dollars at auction for only the second time since Hugo Chavez died in March. The oil-rich country is plagued by food and medicine…

Paula Deen dumps legal team after admitting slurs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Paula Deen has replaced her lead legal team, the latest fallout from her admission she used racial slurs in the past. Deen announced last week she had cut ties with her longtime agent who…

US begins flying deportees to Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities began flying deportees deep into Mexico Thursday in an effort to discourage them from trying to return, U.S. and Mexican officials said. The first of twice-weekly flights from El Paso, Texas,…

Jury in Zimmerman trial may consider lesser charge

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — In an unmistakable setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain’s second-degree murder trial was given the option Thursday of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting…
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Wellsville raid nets 3 arrests

A raid Wednesday at 908 Commerce St. that netted cash and heroin was the third raid in Wellsville in the past week. …

Gitmo genital searches halted

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge Thursday ordered the government to stop genital searches of Guantanamo Bay detainees who want to meet with their lawyers, concluding that the motivation for the searches is not to enhance security, but…
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911 problem investigated

Mahoning County officials looking into issues with the brief failure of the 911 system during Wednesday's storms.…

Crystal touts tourism for NY hometown after Sandy

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Crystal is going to bat for his hometown. The comedian and actor made a television commercial exhorting tourists to visit Long Beach, N.Y. Located just east of New York City, Long Beach…

Cubs, city of Chicago agree on Wrigley Jumbotron

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement with the city that would allow the team to build a left-field Jumbotron at historic Wrigley Field while adding another sign in right field, the team announced Thursday.…

AP: Lawyer says teenage NY terror suspect autistic

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — A young New York man caught boarding a plane on his way to Yemen to fight with an al-Qaida affiliate is a mixed-up teenager who was diagnosed with autism and did not understand…

NRC: TVA nuclear plant still needs improvement

ATLANTA (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has fixed the immediate problems that led to a serious safety violation at its Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama, but it must still demonstrate long-term improvement, federal regulators said Thursday.…

Microsoft reshuffles company structure

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world’s largest software maker comes amid lukewarm response to…

Pope lets Catholics join Anglican converts

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is letting baptized Catholics join the new church structure created to receive Anglican converts. The “ordinariate,” which functions like a diocese, was initially designed to enable Anglicans upset over the liberalizing trends…

Texas Senate prepares final vote on abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate was poised to cast a final vote on tough new abortion restrictions after a committee approved the measure Thursday, and top Republicans and Democrats acknowledged there is little to stop it…

‘Dead’ candidate elected in south Mexico village

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It’s been said that to get elected to public office all you need is a pulse, but prosecutors Mexico are investigating how a man certified as dead got elected mayor of a village in…

Lebanon Shiites ousted from Gulf as Hezbollah fans

BEIRUT (AP) — When Ali Farhat was summoned to the immigration department in the United Arab Emirates, the 33-year-old Lebanese restaurant worker knew he would have to pack up his family and leave fast. Like many Shiite Muslims…

Pope visits Vatican lot after urging ‘humble’ cars

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is following up on his call for priests to eschew fancy cars. A Vatican official says the 76-year-old pope visited the Vatican garage where the city state’s fleet of cars is housed…