Review: ‘Two-Family House’ is tale of secrets kept

“The Two-Family House” (St. Martin’s Press), by Lynda Cohen Loigman It’s hard to believe “The Two-Family House” is Lynda Cohen Loigman’s debut novel. A richly textured, complex, yet entirely believable story, it draws us inexorably into...

Review: ‘Peacekeeping’ transcends pre-quake Haiti setting

“Peacekeeping” (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG), by Mischa Berlinski While plenty has been written, fiction and nonfiction, about Haiti’s political disgraces, natural disasters, cultural enigmas and entrenched dysfunction, Mischa Berlinski’s new novel stands out...

Hundreds Protest Firings, Changes At Youngstown Park System

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of people have questioned changes at a Youngstown metro park system including the abrupt firing of 13 employees. A group organized against the changes is calling for the resignation of Mill Creek MetroParks executive director Aaron Young. Young...

Car nearly crashes into California TV reporter while on air

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California television reporter and cameraman narrowly missed getting hit by a car while reporting on air. KTVU’s Twitter feed on Tuesday showed a clip of reporter Alex Savidge on air before there’s a loud bang and...

Despite US air strikes, Somali extremist group still active

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — By U.S. accounts, it was a devastating air strike against Islamic militants in Somalia, with more than 150 killed in a training camp, but it likely won’t diminish al-Shabab’s ability to continue a wave of attacks. African Union ground...

CAN THEY DO THAT? Great wall of Trump faces great hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump promises to build a great wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it, but it will be a difficult pledge to fulfill. Can he do it? Sure, a wall can be built, but it’s not nearly as simple as Trump says it...

Officer must testify against colleagues in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray must testify against his colleagues while he awaits a retrial, Maryland’s highest court ruled Tuesday. The Court of Appeals did not give any reason for the decision, saying it would issue...

Ohio Father Charged After 3-year-old Again Found Alone

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police in northern Ohio have charged a man with child endangering after they say his 3-year-old daughter was found wandering in the middle of a road. Elyria police say it was the second time in as many weeks the girl was found outside by herself. Police...

Ohio School Board Members Concerned About Test Discrepancies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some state school board members are concerned by results of a survey that indicated poorer results for districts that administered state tests online instead of on paper. The survey by an administrator at Amherst schools in northern Ohio determined districts...

Study: Renters’ rise extends beyond big US cities to suburbs

NEW YORK (AP) — In the American imagination, suburbs are places to buy a house and put down roots. But a growing percentage of suburbanites rent, according to a new study. About 29 percent of metropolitan-area suburbanites were renters in 2014, up from 23 percent in 2006,...