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  • In Va. Senate race, Obama emerging as key figure
    Untitled 2012-06-23 15:23:27 UTC
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The dominant figure in a Virginia Senate race that could determine the direction of Congress next year is President Barack Obama even though both candidates are former governors well-known to voters. Republican George Allen...
  • Panetta urges greater emphasis on mental fitness
    Panetta 2012-06-22 17:01:59 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The military is dealing with an increasing number of suicides, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says commanding officers must make clear that seeking help for the stresses of war is a sign of strength, not weakness. Panetta ...
  • Poll: Romney closes in on Obama, economic angst up
    Obama-romney 2012-06-21 20:45:13 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting a swell of economic anxiety, President Barack Obama has lost much of the narrow lead he held just a month ago over Mitt Romney and the two now are locked in a virtually even race for the White House, according to a new A...
  • Checks not guaranteed for all insurance rebates
    Obama-health_1501302c 2012-06-21 20:16:20 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The check may not be in the mail. The Obama administration said in a report Thursday that 12.8 million people will benefit from health insurance rebates averaging $151 per household. But the number of families actually getting...
  • Court throws out FCC fines for cursing, nudity
    Untitled 2012-06-21 20:02:22 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously threw out fines and other penalties against broadcast companies that violated the Federal Communications Commission policy regulating curse words and nudity on television airwaves. But...
  • Romney: I'll tackle immigration in 'civil' manner
    Untitled 2012-06-21 19:57:50 UTC
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Backing off the harsh rhetoric of the Republican primaries, Mitt Romney pledged Thursday to address illegal immigration "in a civil but resolute manner." He outlined plans to overhaul the green card system for immigra...
  • Stocks plunge after weak manufacturing reports
    67c3a64f-f467-4bba-9cca-e139cd2e8ace 2012-06-21 19:55:37 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A quiet start on Wall Street quickly turned into a rout Thursday as the bad news piled up. Commodity prices slumped in early trading after a report said manufacturing in China fell this month. Then, around 10 a.m., the Philadelp...
  • Clinton to visit Russia, Syria one likely focus
    Untitled 2012-06-20 23:24:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to travel to Russia next week, a visit that follows recent talks between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Mexico. The State Department s...
  • Obama faces growing GOP super PAC financial power
    120426042710-kamenetz-obama-higher-education-story-top 2012-06-20 23:02:46 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Major donors supportive of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spent millions of dollars last month to get their candidate elected. But outside political groups helping Romney are poised to account for a ...
  • Immigration suddenly roiling presidential contest
    Paris_climate_accord-_obama_promises__us_remains_on_track__thanks_to_the_action_of_some_states 2012-06-20 23:00:05 UTC
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — No longer a backburner issue, immigration is roiling the presidential contest as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney seek to court the nation's swelling Hispanic population. The outcome could influence political ...
  • NY judge: US can seize dinosaur skeleton
    Untitled 2012-06-20 06:27:45 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the more unusual arrest warrants in U.S. history was issued Tuesday when a federal judge authorized the Department of Homeland Security to seize a dinosaur from an art storage company. There's no need for handcuffs though. I...
  • 911 call details moments after King found in pool
    Untitled 2012-06-20 05:41:18 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rodney King's fiancee said in a frantic 911 call that she threw a shovel to try to rouse him after she woke to the sounds of a fall and found him at the bottom of his swimming pool. Cynthia Kelley repeatedly implored authorit...
  • Obama confident Europeans will resolve debt crisis
    Obama-_we_are_rejecting_a_politics_of_division 2012-06-20 05:25:11 UTC
    LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — President Barack Obama voiced confidence Tuesday in Europe's ability to "break the fever" of its raging debt crisis as he sought to calm both global financial markets and the election-year worries of voters at home. Oba...
  • Obama pick for Iraq envoy withdraws nomination
    6601767_600x338 2012-06-18 21:08:31 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's pick to be the next ambassador to Iraq withdrew from consideration Monday as Senate Republicans suggested his confirmation was endangered because of his behavior and judgment while working at the U.S. E...
  • Romney predicts he'll win Wisconsin
    628x471 2012-06-18 20:26:40 UTC
    JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Mitt Romney sought Monday to capitalize on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's victory in a contentious recall election and predicted that momentum from that race will help him win the state come November and, with it, the White...
  • Parties are worlds apart on how to fix economy
    Untitled 2012-06-18 20:08:04 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans are desperate for work, runaway government spending clouds the future and Democratic and Republican candidates are busy making one thing clear: They're light years apart on what to do about it. They do ag...
  • Obama: Putin talks candid, tensions can be eased
    Untitled 2012-06-18 19:57:10 UTC
    LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Seeking common ground, President Barack Obama said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday on the need for a political process in Syria to prevent civil war in the violence-torn country and said any tensions ...
  • Romney campaigns with grandchildren
    Untitled 2012-06-18 04:23:09 UTC
    TROY, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney is focusing on his grandchildren on Father's Day, bringing three of them to talk to the reporters traveling on his campaign plane. The likely Republican presidential nominee on Sunday brought Parker, Nick and Chloe...
  • McCain: Lack of US aid to Syrian rebels 'shameful'
    Mccain_does_not_support_new_gop_obamacare_repeal 2012-06-18 00:35:27 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain on Sunday characterized the lack of U.S. aid to Syrian rebels as "shameful" and said helping their cause would deal "the greatest blow to Iran in the Middle East in 25 years." McCain's remarks sought to mainta...
  • Romney won't say he'll overturn immigration order
    Untitled 2012-06-18 00:17:04 UTC
    BRUNSWICK, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney in an interview aired Sunday repeatedly refused to say that he would overturn President Barack Obama's new policy allowing some young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States. He claimed Obama's decision w...
  • Romney diverts bus in Pennsylvania to avoid Dems
    Romney_diverts_bus_in_pennsylvania_to_avoid_dems_ 2012-06-16 18:32:36 UTC
    QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mitt Romney has changed the route of his campaign bus tour through Pennsylvania after Democrats planned to show up and challenge him at one stop. Romney intended to visit a gas station and convenience store in Quakertown,...
  • Obama calls on lawmakers to end gridlock
    120509050614_barack-obama 2012-06-18 00:56:12 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to end partisan gridlock and pass proposals he says would put Americans back to work. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says GOP lawmakers "haven't lifted a finger" o...
  • Obama, world want bold signs from Europe at G-20
    600_obama_speech_ap_120615 2012-06-18 00:13:14 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — With global anxiety rising, President Barack Obama is searching for bolder, swifter signals from Europe that it will contain its financial mess and keep it from torpedoing the U.S. economy and his re-election chances along with it. ...
  • Massive NM fire prompts rescue of threatened fish
    11267140 2012-06-16 08:34:32 UTC
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As firefighters worked Friday to corral the wildfires burning around the West, a special team of biologists were trying to save a threatened trout in southwestern New Mexico from the post-fire ravages — choking floods of a...
  • Steven Powell gets 2 1/2 years for recording girls
    Steven_powell_gets_2_1_2_years_for_recording_girls_ 2012-06-16 08:30:46 UTC
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison for recording images of two neighbor girls in their bathroom in Washington state. The mother of Steven Powell's victims was ...