WARREN, Pa. - The local newspaper apologized yesterday for running a classified advertisement calling for the assassination of President Obama.

Publisher John Elchert said the ad appeared Thursday in the Warren Times Observer. It read, "May Obama follow in the steps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy!" All four presidents were assassinated.

Elchert said the advertising staff did not make the connection. The paper removed the ad yesterday and turned the information over to police.

Elchert said an agent from the Secret Service office in Erie was investigating the person who placed the ad. A note in yesterday's paper said: "The Times Observer apologizes for the oversight." - AP