Society

  • Aide's wife: John Edwards knew about money
    Untitled 2012-04-30 18:25:29 UTC
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards testified Monday the former presidential candidate told her over the phone that it was legal to take money from a wealthy donor to take care of Edwards' mistress. Testifying at Edwa...
  • Invisible man dominates US-China talks
    Mw-ar210_china__20120429225024_mg 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...
  • 1 dead after storm blows down St. Louis beer tent
    1_dead_after_storm_blows_down_st._louis_beer_tent 2012-04-29 01:14:48 UTC
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — High winds swept through a beer tent where 200 people gathered after a Cardinals game Saturday, killing one and critically injuring at least five others, authorities said. But the owner of the bar said it was lightning — not wind ...
  • Surge in child immigrants stresses support network
    4f9bb890d5d6b.image 2012-04-28 22:05:45 UTC
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their families has sent government and nonprofit agencies scrambling to expand their shelter, lega...
  • Man booked in hammer deaths of Vegas mom, child
    628x471 2012-04-28 21:35:15 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Using a hammer as a weapon, a "complete stranger" with no significant criminal history allegedly attacked a family in their Las Vegas home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled a...
  • Police blow Wash. mountain bunker, find man dead
    Images 2012-04-28 23:21:32 UTC
    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Peter Keller spent eight years carving his hole in the side of the mountain, camouflaging the rugged underground bunker with ferns and sticks and stocking it with a generator and ammunition boxes sealed in Ziploc bags. Sus...
  • Fla. boy struck by SUV, killed at softball game
    Image 2012-04-28 21:11:39 UTC
    TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The wife of the police chief in a central Florida community accidentally ran over a family friend's 22-month-old son in a parking lot, authorities said. Pamela Bodenheimer, 51, was backing up from a parking spot Friday n...
  • Space shuttle arrives in NYC; crowds watch in awe
    Filexilp6x 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. ...
  • Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming
    4f9a6357d4142.image 2012-04-27 16:03:24 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the victims of last year's epic tornado outbreak in Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming. A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in Alabama and more...
  • Judge considers adjusting Zimmerman's bond
    Zimmerman 2012-04-27 14:36:03 UTC
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to raise or revoke the bond for George Zimmerman after his lawyer told the judge a website raised $200,000 for the defense. Mark O'Mara told the judge Friday that Zimmerman's family hadn't tol...
  • Widow of civil rights activist wants him home
    Indian 2012-04-27 07:34:16 UTC
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When civil rights activist Ray Robinson arrived at Wounded Knee in April 1973 to stand alongside Native Americans in their fight against social injustice, he excitedly called his wife back home in Alabama and told her, "Th...
  • Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset
    Untitled 2012-04-27 06:31:53 UTC
    The first-graders in Ohio Pack 109's Tiger Scouts didn't know or care their den mother was a lesbian — at least not until the Boy Scouts of America threw her out over the organization's ban on gays. Now, parents who were aware of Jennifer Tyrre...
  • Senate OKs renewing Violence Against Women Act
    0424_vawa 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. The 1...
  • US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006
    0112-mexico-guns_full_600 2012-04-26 18:46:13 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Thursday that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities in the past five years have been traced back to the United States. The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from Mexico tha...
  • Judge refuses to combine charges in WikiLeaks case
    Untitled 2012-04-26 15:54:21 UTC
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge rejected a defense motion Thursday to consolidate some of charges against an Army private accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history. Col. Denise Lind was still considering a motion...
  • Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law
    Untitled 2012-04-25 15:59:22 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears ready to allow Arizona to enforce a state law provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally. The justices strongly suggested...
  • Federal agency says transgender people protected
    Story 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...
  • US women drawn with France, Colombia, North Korea
    6a00e54ef2975b8833016765a21b39970b-450wi 2012-04-25 04:15:14 UTC
    WEMBLEY, England (AP) — With tension escalating between their governments, the United States and North Korea were drawn Tuesday into the same first-round group for this summer's Olympic women's soccer tournament. The Americans will play in Grou...
  • New case of mad cow disease in California
    Cow-with-bse_wikimeida-620x485 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...
  • Protesters crash Wells Fargo shareholder meeting
    Activists_protest_outside_wells_fargo_shareholders_qebvl8cxwwsl 2012-04-25 04:39:28 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from across the country descended on San Francisco Tuesday in an attempt to crash banking giant Wells Fargo's annual shareholders meeting. Several dozen people representing commu...
  • Ex-Miss. mayor sentenced in inmate sex case
    Untitled 2012-04-24 18:24:08 UTC
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi mayor and prison warden was sentenced Tuesday to seven months behind bars for telling an inmate to lie to investigators about sex they had in a hotel room in 2009. Grady Sims, who served as the mayor o...
  • Police chief in Martin case remains under scrutiny
    1 2012-04-24 16:15:14 UTC
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — While George Zimmerman is free on bail, the police chief criticized for not charging him after Trayvon Martin's slaying remains under scrutiny, as city commissioners want to wait for the results of a federal investigation to d...
  • Californians to vote on abolishing death penalty
    San-quentin-prison-aerial-view 2012-04-24 07:30:32 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November...
  • Ben Affleck: Children Mending Hearts Benefit!
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-04-24_um_09.19.03 2012-04-24 07:21:36 UTC
    - - Ben Affleck lends his support at the Children Mending Hearts Spring Benefit on Sunday (April 22) in Pacific Palisades, Calif. At the event, the 39-year-old actor and director enjoyed the music by the DJ of the night: Tom Cruise‘s son ...
  • Now out of jail, George Zimmerman fades from sight
    303x235 2012-04-24 07:12:47 UTC
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killi...