Wife of former Minn. Viking guilty in hit-and-run
2012-05-03 21:05:38 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The wife of a former Minnesota Viking was convicted Thursday of two felonies in a hit-and-run that killed a man, as jurors brushed aside her defense that she never saw him and thought she had hit a construction barrel or pothole...
White House is silent on fate of Chinese activist
2012-05-03 18:31:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is sidestepping questions about how the U.S. might resolve the predicament surrounding a blind Chinese activist who sought refuge in the American embassy and who no longer wants to remain China.
White House spo...
Ex-Edwards aide had awkward run-in with mistress
2012-05-03 18:15:42 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Another former close aide to John Edwards testified Thursday about bungled efforts to keep the former presidential candidate's affair hidden from staff members, including an awkward encounter when she showed up at a hotel w...
Court: Ex-Bush aide protected from torture lawsuit
2012-05-02 19:08:35 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called "torture memos" of authorizing illegally harsh treatment.
Former Deputy Ass...
Obama returns amid foreign, economic uncertainties
2012-05-02 17:33:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has returned to the uncertainty of election year politics after putting his foreign policy on display: A secret trip to Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin laden.
But a su...
Immigrant, labor, Occupy groups join for protests
2012-05-01 19:25:40 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations against major financial institutions.
In New York, police in r...
FBI: 5 men arrested, wanted to blow up Ohio bridge
2012-05-01 17:45:33 UTC
CLEVELAND (AP) — Five men, at least three of them anarchists, plotted to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, but there was no danger to the public because the explosives were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee, the agency sa...
Obama: Marking bin Laden death isn't 'celebration'
2012-05-01 03:37:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and his use of it to burnish his re-election credentials a year later, saying Monday that it is appropriate to mark an anniversa...
AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks
2012-04-30 18:51:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.
The coalition routinely reports attacks in which a coalition...
Invisible man dominates US-China talks
2012-04-30 18:05:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The blind Chinese lawyer at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing is a mostly taboo topic in each capital. Neither side wants the biggest human-rights issue between the two since Tiananmen Square to disr...
Obama's new campaign slogan: 'Forward'
2012-04-30 15:23:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new campaign slogan: "Forward."
Obama's re-election team unveiled its new motto in a video released Monday morning. The seven-minute video begins by recalling the grim state of the nation's economy...
Obama, Clintons deepen political and policy ties
2012-04-30 19:22:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership. Both sides have a strong incentive in making the alliance work...
Obama aide mum on whether US protecting activist
2012-04-29 17:40:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an "appropriate balance" between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on it...
Chaperones among new Secret Service conduct rules
2012-04-28 21:05:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in...
Obama flashing executive power in election year
2012-04-28 16:15:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, flashing his executive power in an election year, is promoting measures to safeguard veterans and members of the military against unscrupulous college recruiters.
In his Internet and radio address Satur...
Space shuttle arrives in NYC; crowds watch in awe
2012-04-28 04:28:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In a city understandably wary of low-flying aircraft, New Yorkers and tourists alike watched with joy and excitement Friday as space shuttle Enterprise sailed over the skyline on its final flight before it becomes a museum piece.
Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets
2012-04-27 14:42:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.
President Barack Obama is s...
US to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
2012-04-27 06:20:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday.
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...