Jobless rate now a leading political indicator
2012-06-01 17:53:51 UTC
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — May's discouraging unemployment numbers present President Barack Obama with a sobering reminder that an uneven recovery from the recession can be a fragile argument for his re-election, deepening his anxiety over the po...
House to vote on sex-selection abortion ban
2012-05-31 17:57:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House faced a vote Thursday on legislation to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, putting Congress squarely in the middle of partisan jockeying for the women's vote in the fall elections.
"It is violence against w...
Colleges' bank deals saddle students with big fees
2012-05-30 17:52:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A public interest group says as many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to access students' financial aid money.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Higher ...
Author's son seeks Malcolm X letter at Syracuse
2012-05-30 06:23:51 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about his shifting views on race relations, claiming his family is the rightful owner.
Malcolm X wrote ...
Wildfire close to being New Mexico's largest ever
2012-05-29 21:57:16 UTC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a mountainous southwestern New Mexico forest are close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. Forest Service said the erratic...
US remains opposed to military action in Syria
2012-05-29 19:49:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it remains opposed to military action in Syria, reasoning that would only lead to more carnage.
Spokesman Jay Carney says the Obama administration will continue offering non-lethal assistance to the Syrian...
Obama says Vietnam veterans too often 'denigrated'
2012-05-29 03:44:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, pointing to Vietnam veterans as an under-appreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes who remained true to their nation de...
Labor board member accused of leaks resigns
2012-05-27 23:17:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the National Labor Relations Board accused of leaking inside information has resigned, the agency announced Sunday.
Terence Flynn had been under pressure to leave since March, when the board's inspector general fou...
Panetta: US on 'right track' in Afghanistan
2012-05-27 15:59:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday defended the Obama administration's plans to wind down the more than decade-long war in Afghanistan, saying the U.S. is on "the right track."
"We still have a fight on our hands," Panet...
Obama on the defensive on spending, debt
2012-05-26 20:35:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government spending and debt are emerging as a campaign tug-of-war, with Mitt Romney blaming President Barack Obama for a "prairie fire of debt" and Obama calling the charge a "cowpie of distortion." House Speaker John Boehner is...
Senate panel reins in Pentagon on clean energy
2012-05-25 22:26:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's investment in green energy requires too much green paper for some in Congress.
A sharply divided Senate Armed Services Committee voted this week to prohibit the military from spending money on alternative fuels ...
Romney running mate search enters audition phase
2012-05-24 20:18:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's vice presidential search has entered a new phase: auditions.
As his campaign evaluates potential running mates, Republicans with a possible shot at the No. 2 spot on the presidential ticket are starting to engage...
Possible break reported in case of missing NYC boy
2012-05-24 20:13:09 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In a potential break in one of the nation's most baffling missing-children cases, a former convenience-store employee has told police that he suffocated 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 and left the boy's body in a box in an alley, law...
Obama birth certificate OK by Arizona official
2012-05-24 01:27:20 UTC
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's secretary of state said Wednesday that Hawaii's official verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements, meaning the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall.
Obama, Dems redoubling money efforts to keep edge
2012-05-23 18:48:28 UTC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — His cash advantage threatened, President Barack Obama and his party are redoubling their fundraising efforts after robust hauls by Republican rival Mitt Romney and a slew of GOP-leaning super PACs that are raking in ...
Obama to push clean energy technologies in Iowa
2012-05-22 17:52:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to the political battleground state of Iowa this week to prod Congress to act on his agenda.
The president will visit TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer in Newton, on Thursday to highlight hi...
After NATO summit, questions about protest mindset
2012-05-22 00:47:44 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — For activists, the NATO summit in Chicago served as one big stage from which to air a broad range of grievances — not just the war in Afghanistan or other actions of the 63-year-old military alliance.
In their effort to maximize ...
Obama on Afghan: Leave on time, no 'perfect' end
2012-05-22 00:38:38 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked in place an Afghanistan exit path Monday that will still keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years, acknowledging there never will be point at which they...
Obama to address Air Force Academy commencement
2012-05-21 17:59:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to deliver the commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy, his fourth service academy graduation speech in four years.
The president will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, ju...
MS prison guard dies, others hurt in 'disturbance'
2012-05-21 03:45:09 UTC
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A guard at a southwest Mississippi prison died Sunday and several other employees were injured during a disturbance involving hundreds of inmates that continued into the evening, authorities and the prison's operator said.
Obama wants new banking rules put in place soon
2012-05-19 17:18:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the big trading loss at JPMorgan Chase shows the need to finally put in place banking rules he signed into law two years ago. He also is calling on Congress to stop trying to weaken the regulations.
Rihanna: 'Happy Battleship Day'
2012-05-19 17:15:46 UTC
Rihanna catches a flight at LAX Airport on Friday (May 18) in Los Angeles.
The 24-year-old entertainer has been keeping busy promoting her new action flick, Battleship.
The night before, Rihanna dined at Giorgio Baldi restauran...
Mourners gather in NY for funeral of Mary Kennedy
2012-05-19 17:16:17 UTC
BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Mourners gathered Saturday at a modest stone church north of New York City for the funeral of Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The services, held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in...
Iran, Syria among top for G-8 and NATO
2012-05-19 03:32:19 UTC
CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — Leaders of the largest industrialized countries are displaying strong unity in pursuing both diplomacy and sanctions against the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb and found common ground in focusing on political transit...
THE RACE: Obama, Romney working to stay on message
2012-05-18 18:37:15 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ With 172 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are being buffeted by crosswinds as Oba...