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Soccer-loving Pope Francis gets a new toy: a foosball table

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has received dozens of soccer jerseys and game balls during his eight-year pontificate but he got a new football-themed toy today: his very own foosball table. Francis played a round on the table that was presented to him at the end of his general audience by ...

Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden today announced that his administration will require that nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. Biden unveiled the new policy this afternoon in ...

‘Stomp’ postponed in Youngstown

The national tour of “Stomp,” which was supposed to play Youngstown's Powers Auditorium on Friday, has been postponed until Jan. 5, 2022. The show is being delayed due to COVID-related issues beyond the control of the show, according to a press release sent out Wednesday afternoon. All ...

Big Florida school districts defy governor over mask mandate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Students in Florida's Broward County went back to school under a mask mandate today, even as their school board faced threats of severe penalties for defying Gov. Ron DeSantis. And school officials in Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties planned to address the ...

Two Warren men arraigned on secret drug indictments

WARREN -- Two men hauled into Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on secret indictments were arraigned Wednesday on drug trafficking charges. Tre Vaughn Walker, 28, of Northwest Boulevard NW, pleaded not guilty to 19 drug-related charges including nine counts of trafficking in a ...