Senate OKs renewing Violence Against Women Act
2012-04-26 20:56:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to renew the government's main domestic violence program.
The 68-31 vote to renew and expand the Violence Against Women Act sends the matter to the House, which is writing its own version.
House moves ahead with cybersecurity bill
2012-04-26 16:01:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing ahead with legislation to protect the nation's critical infrastructure and corporations from electronic attacks despite Obama administration objections that the legislation fails to protect Americans...
Biden calls Romney foreign policy backward-looking
2012-04-26 03:05:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is calling the foreign policy outlined by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shallow, ill-informed and dangerous and that it would return the United States to "the past we have worked...
Capitol Police investigating threat against Rubio
2012-04-25 15:09:38 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police force is investigating a reported threat against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Capitol Police ...
Federal agency says transgender people protected
2012-04-25 06:48:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The agency that enforces the federal job discrimination laws has for the first time ruled that transgender people are protected from bias in the workplace.
In a groundbreaking decision late last week, the Equal Employment Oppo...
New case of mad cow disease in California
2012-04-25 01:19:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation's food supply.
The infected cow, th...
Obama woos students, pushes low rate student loans
2012-04-24 17:51:54 UTC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama tells college students that he and his wife, Michelle, know what it's like to owe student loans because the two of them didn't come from wealthy families.
He says: "When we married, we got poor to...
Obama takes on college costs, eyes young voters
2012-04-24 16:22:21 UTC
MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Wooing young voters, President Barack Obama is on a blitz to keep the cost of college loans from soaring for millions of students, taking his message to three states strategically important to his re-election bid. By takin...
Washington delicate about Secret Service scandal
2012-04-24 06:10:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The widening Secret Service prostitution scandal has touched off a delicate dance in Washington.
People are loath to criticize an agency whose employees are trained to take a bullet for the people they protect. Members of Cong...
Obama levies new tech sanctions on Syria, Iran
2012-04-23 22:03:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to stop the Syrian government's deadly crackdown, President Barack Obama on Monday levied new sanctions on people and entities in Syria and Iran that use technology to target their citizens and perpetrate human rig...
Neighborhood watch shooter released from Fla. jail
2012-04-23 13:47:55 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — In a low-key event, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a...
More firings expected in Secret Service scandal
2012-04-22 19:39:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House committee investigating an alleged Secret Service prostitution scandal predicted more firings as key lawmakers and a top adviser to President Barack Obama expressed confidence Sunday that the agency will e...
Sen. Rubio: Let vice presidential process play out
2012-04-22 15:41:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has heard all the talk about joining a ticket with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Rubio says that until now, the talk about picking a running mate has been theoretical. But now tha...
Indiana Gov. Daniels: Not me for vice president
2012-04-22 15:36:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana thought long and hard before deciding not to run for president. Now, with Mitt Romney the likely nominee, he's professing no interest in joining the GOP ticket as a vice presidential candi...
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch forced into primary fight
2012-04-22 15:22:28 UTC
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Utah Republicans denied U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch a clear path to a seventh and final term Saturday, forcing the 78-year-old lawmaker into a June primary with 37-year-old former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. Hatch fell short of the ou...
Watergate figure Charles Colson has died at 80
2012-04-22 02:03:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — He was described as the "evil genius" of the Nixon administration, and spent the better part of a year in prison for a Watergate-related conviction. His proclamations following his release that he was a new man, redeemed by his r...
Obama wooing young voters with student loan focus
2012-04-21 20:32:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to energize young voters, President Barack Obama is depicting Republicans as obstacles to an affordable college education as he previews an argument he will make on university campuses next week in states crucial to his re-...
Obama casts GOP as barrier to low-cost education
2012-04-21 20:39:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to energize young voters, President Barack Obama is depicting Republicans as obstacles to an affordable college education, using his Internet and radio address Saturday to preview an argument he will take on the road next w...
Obama enjoys 10-1 financial edge over Romney
2012-04-21 06:15:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election effort enjoyed a 10-to-1 financial edge over Republican rival Mitt Romney last month, out-raising the former Massachusetts governor by millions as Obama stuffed more than $104 million into his...
Dem senator unsure of vote for Obama or Romney
2012-04-20 19:45:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he's unsure whether he'll vote for President Barack Obama or likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
In a statement Friday, Manchin said he has real differences with both Obama ...
NYPD: Man, 3-year-old son dead in building fall
2013-12-23 02:38:24 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy.
Authorities said they received an emergency call reporting two jumpers ...
White House defends Secret Service chief anew
2012-04-20 01:56:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House expressed renewed confidence Thursday in the director of the Secret Service in the midst of a sordid prostitution scandal that has threatened to become a serious political distraction in an election year. A key la...
Trouble in threes: Scandals hamper Obama's message
2012-04-20 00:29:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn't Mitt Romney who's giving Barack Obama fits as the president pivots to re-election mode. It's those federal bureaucrats carousing in Las Vegas, the Secret Service consorting with Colombian prostitutes and U.S. soldiers po...
White House: 'Silver spoon' words not about Romney
2012-04-19 22:17:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday said President Barack Obama wasn't talking about Republican Mitt Romney when he said he "wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama has used the ...
Republican business tax cut seen passing U.S. House
2012-04-19 18:58:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a tax break for small businesses, giving voters a stark alternative to President Barack Obama's politically popular "Buffett Rule" surtax on the wealthy...