• Facebook friend stole $78K from elderly Pennsylvania woman

    Updated: 46 min ago

    WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say an elderly woman's Facebook friend stole her $78,000 life savings by convincing her that they needed the money to import BMWs into the United States. The friend told the woman that the money was needed to pay "port fees" and that she'd get her money back with interest. Police say the scam started in August and continued until late last year, but the woman only recently reported the losses because she was embarrassed. Trooper Thomas Kress tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter that they're trying to track down the money, which may have been sent to banks in California, Florida or Texas. The victim also told police she wired money to India.

  • Weak US hiring report sends stocks lower on Wall Street

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    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stock indexes were lower for a second day early Wednesday, following a dismal report on job creation that gave investors concern over the state of the economy. The data follows a round of economic news out of China and Europe a day earlier that also suggested sluggish growth. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 60 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,688 as of 10:04 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost eight points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,054 and the Nasdaq composite lost 17 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,745. JOB WORRIES: A survey by payroll processor ADP showed U.S. companies hired workers at the slowest pace in three years last month.

  • Image of Asia: Little monk soccer in South Korea

    Updated: 52 min ago

    In this photo by Lee Jin-man, children play Dongjasung, or little monk, soccer under lanterns at Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea. The children's heads are shaved when they enter the temple to experience a monk's life for two weeks. The events are part of the celebrations of Buddha's upcoming 2,560th birthday on May 14.

  • Kerry Energy Summit

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    Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley talks with Vice President Joe Biden before a meeting during the U.S. Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

  • Urushimoto living his dream with Cubs

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    OLNEY — Getting a chance to go to school in the United States has been a dream for Raphael Urushimoto for quite a few years. He wanted to study and learn the culture. Most of all, though, he wanted to play baseball. He's getting a chance to do all that this year as a foreign exchange student and has been successful on the baseball diamond for the Olney Cubs. Urushimoto, who hails from the city of Ibiúna in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, is one of the top players for the Cubs as they enter the Class 2A playoffs this weekend against the Archer City Wildcats in bi-district action. "Me and my family started the search about a year ago," he said. "About a month before I came here they told us I would be go

  • Man arrested in 2009 cartel kidnapping, slaying

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    A man was arrested last week on charges linked to the drug cartel related kidnapping and slaying of a Horizon City man in 2009, documents state. Francisco Javier Pulido, alias "Pichas," is jailed in El Paso awaiting a federal detention hearing May 12 after he was arrested by the FBI on April 26 after apparently being extradited from Mexico, documents state. Pulido had been in custody in Mexico since at least December 2013 when he was named in a highly publicized list of alleged drug cartel members who had been arrested or had been killed by Mexican security forces. Pulido is accused in the kidnapping of reputed drug dealer Sergio Saucedo, whose daytime abduction from his Horizon City home Sept. 3, 2009, was one of the m

  • Ohio university pays player $712K to settle concussion suit

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A university in Ohio has agreed to pay $712,000 to a former football player who says he had concussions that led to a permanent brain injury. Former offensive lineman Cody Silk said in a lawsuit that Bowling Green State University's coaches and medical staff didn't pull him from practice right after he suffered concussions in 2010. The Sterling Heights, Michigan, native later wasn't allowed to practice, dropped out of school and lost his scholarship. The Falcons play in the Mid-American Conference. They were coached that season by Dave Clawson, who is now the coach at Wake Forest. Bowling Green says in a statement that it didn't do anything to injure the former player. The settlement wa

  • Egypt court acquits Mubarak-era premier of graft

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    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has acquitted a former prime minister of graft charges in the latest retrial linked to his time serving under longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Judge Magdi Abu Ela of the Cairo appeals court ruled Wednesday that Ahmed Nazif was absolved of the charges, which included abuse of office, and that the ruling was final and could not be appealed. Nazif served in the Cabinet from 2004 until the 2011 uprising that forced Mubarak to step down. Nazif was released in June 2013 because he had spent the maximum period in pre-trial detention for corruption charges. He was acquitted of charges in another graft case in February 2015. Many Mubarak-era figures have been cleared of corruption charges.

  • Prince's death: The view from front lines of drug epidemic

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — On the front lines of America's fight against a drug-abuse epidemic, there have been emotional, sometimes contradictory reactions to news that investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose. Those engaged in the fight say a celebrity's death can help raise awareness of the problems yet also overshadow the other victims dying by the hundreds every week. Others suggest the attention to celebrity deaths is transitory and has limited impact. In Prince's case, investigators are looking into whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks preceding his death.

  • Malta's premier visits Libya to discuss migration, security

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister became the first head of government to visit Libya since the formation of a unity government following a U.N.-brokered agreement, meeting the Libyan prime minister-designate at a naval base near Tripoli's international airport. Libya's prime minister-designate, Fayez al-Serraj, said the illegal migration phenomenon is a priority for the government, telling reporters that "we need to find solutions." On security in Libya, al-Serraj said Libya always asked for assistance from the European Union, not intervention. "The kind of assistance will be agreed by our experts and those of the EU and international community," he said, without offering a time frame.

  • The Latest: UK will accept Syrian children from Europe

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Britain's government has bowed to pressure and agreed to take in unaccompanied children from Syria who have made their way to Europe. Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Wednesday that children who registered in Greece, Italy or France before March 20 will be eligible to come to the U.K. It didn't specify how many Britain would accept. Britain has already agreed to resettle up to 3,000 vulnerable child refugees by 2020, as well as 20,000 Syrians from Middle Eastern refugee camps. But the government had argued that accepting children already in Europe would encourag

  • Police: Student stabbed to death on Georgia college campus

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — A suspect with a knife is in custody after campus police say a Fort Valley State University student was attacked and killed on the school's main campus in central Georgia on Tuesday. Freshman Donnell M. Phelps was stabbed to death, campus Police Chief Kenneth Morgan said in a statement. The suspect also stabbed campus safety officer Ernest Johnson during the attack Tuesday afternoon near the main campus gate, school officials said. Johnson was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, school spokeswoman Pamela Berry-Johnson said early Wednesday. The suspect was taken into custody on campus shortly after the killing, the university said in a news release. School police had not released the suspect

  • Markets Right Now: Stocks open lower on Wall Street

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as investors were discouraged by signs of weakness in the U.S. job market and some weak corporate earnings. Payroll processing company ADP reported early Wednesday that U.S. businesses added jobs at the weakest pace in three years last month. Banks and industrial companies fell more than the rest of the market in early trading. Citigroup gave back 2 percent. Priceline slumped 9 percent after releasing disappointing forecasts for the current quarter. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 119 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,631. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 12

  • SUV slams into suburban New York CVS, injuring 5

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say five people have been hurt after an SUV slammed into a store in suburban New York. Police say the accident Tuesday night toppled a brick wall of a CVS store in Yorktown Heights, about 35 miles north of New York City. The Journal News (http://lohud.us/1QRZM4B ) reports that the driver and four people in the store suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police say the SUV crashed through the store's glass and brick front wall. Authorities say the rest of the building remained structurally stable. It wasn't clear what caused the accident but police believed the driver had a "medical condition.

  • Arraignment set for woman charged in Oklahoma parade crash

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    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, is due in court for a formal arraignment. Last month, Adacia Chambers waived her right for a preliminary hearing during which a judge would have determined if there was enough evidence for the case to move forward. Chambers is charged with four counts of second-degree murder and more than 40 counts of assault and battery for the Oct. 24 crash at Oklahoma State. Prosecutors allege that Chambers intentionally drove her car into the large crowd of spectators. Her attorney, Tony Coleman, has said his client is mentally ill. Chambers is expected to enter a plea Wednesday to the charg

  • FBI: Man admits to contaminating food at Michigan stores

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant that officials believe contained mouse poison on unpackaged food at several Michigan grocery stores, authorities said. An investigation indicated the man sprayed a mixture of hand sanitizer, water and mouse poison on produce and open food bars at three Ann Arbor stores within the last couple of weeks, the FBI announced Tuesday. He also visited other stores in Ann Arbor and several other Michigan cities, the state said. "The investigation is ongoing in order to determine if any other stores were victimized by the suspect," the FBI said in a statement. The FBI has not released the man's identity.

  • Meet the next sport of the modern age: Drone racing

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Decked out in high-tech goggles, pilot Steve Zoumas dives low and sees the final gate zooming toward him: a 20-foot-tall metal-framed box ringed with neon. Boom! His sight goes black. The crowd lets out a collective "Whoa!" as pieces of his aircraft, which has just smashed into a concrete barrier, go flying. Zoumas is just fine, though; it's his drone that's toast. The pilot takes off his goggles and crosses to the pilots' lounge for the replay. Once again his quadcopter drone, a buzzing machine roughly the size of a loaf of bread, zooms daringly around obstacles and through hairpin turns; once again, it meets its demise. "I was pushing it that lap," says Zoumas, a 31-year-old construction company o

  • Tensions surface between Turkish president, prime minister

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Long-denied tensions between Turkey's president and prime minister are beginning to surface publicly, leading to speculation from political observers that the country's powerful leader may be considering replacing the premier with a figure more willing to take a backseat role. The rift comes at a precarious time for Turkey, which is gripped by a surge in violent attacks perpetrated by Kurdish and Islamic State militants. The country has also seen renewed fighting with the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, and growing spillover from the war in neighboring Syria, including a refugee and migrant crisis.

  • Independent Algerian paper faces closure threat

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Independent Algerian newspaper El Khabar is facing likely closure after the government cracked down on its ad revenue and challenged its pending sale in court. The newspaper has been critical of the government, notably its handling of the gas-dependent economy. The advertising agency for state companies banned ads in Arabic language El Khabar in 2014, at the request of the communications minister. Ads by state-run companies make up the vast majority of ad revenues for Algeria's press, and Algerian authorities in the past have used this as a tactic to silence critics. El Khabar's income plunged after the government move, so it sold a majority stake to food industry magnate Issad Rebrab.

  • Turkish president says IS is in for heavy losses

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the Islamic State group will suffer heavy losses if it continues attacking Turkey. Erdogan said Tuesday that no attack against Turkey's territory and its citizens would go unpunished. The Turkish military is pounding IS targets in northern Syria in response to a months-long rain of rocket attacks concentrated on the Turkish border town Kilis. Erdogan said IS "has suffered its greatest casualties through its operations against Kilis and will suffer even more casualties if they continue." Since January, projectiles fired from Syria have claimed 20 lives in Kilis, a town where Syrian refugees outnumber the Turks.




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