National Headlines

French Police Question 8-Year-Old Over Alleged Support For Paris Gunmen

French police questioned Wednesday an 8-year-old boy in the southern city of Nice who allegedly made comments praising the gunmen who staged the deadly attack on the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Third-grader Ahmed, whose last name has not been released, refused to observe the minute of silence with his class following the attack on the magazine. He also allegedly expressed solidarity with the brothers who carried out the Jan. 7 attack.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena waves to supporters shortly after his election earlier this month. Sirisena looks to be trying to turn a new page in the island nation, which defeated a protracted insurgency in 2009.

Sri Lanka Plans Probe Into Alleged Atrocities During Civil War

In a further sign that Sri Lanka's newly elected president wants to deal with the country's troubled past, a government spokesman said today that a new probe is planned to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the island's 26-year civil war.

Local Headlines

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. sees opportunity where others don’t as it plans to drill more natural gas wells this year in the northern tier of the Utica shale in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. “We’re optimistic that oil and gas development will remain successful in this part of the Utica,” says Justin Furnace, spokesman for Hilcorp. “In 2014 alone, we spent $400 million in development of the play.” The oil and gas company is the most active driller in the northern tier of the Utica, which...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With its involvement in the disposition of the Wells Building complete, the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp. turns its attention to the Armed Forces/State Theatre property. The properties on West Federal Street are the last two parcels of the 81 the downtown CIC was charged with improving two decades ago, facilities supervisor Lynn Popa said. Facilities manager Dave Kosec informed the board of the downtown CIC Wednesday, “We have begun discussions with interested parties”...