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  • Romney turns campaign toward money, reconciliation
    Untitled 2012-04-25 14:34:09 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential nomination all but in hand, Mitt Romney is refocusing his efforts on challenging President Barack Obama, raising cash for the battle ahead and reconciling with one-time primary rival Rick Santorum. ...
  • 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...
  • Looking for a few good boomers to help others
    Caregiver-dressing-senior2 2012-04-25 06:27:53 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Local charities and nonprofits are looking for a few good baby boomers — well, lots of them, actually — to roll up their sleeves to help local schools, soup kitchens and others in need. Boomers are attractive volunteers, and i...
  • Romney sweeps 5 wins, promises 'better America'
    92bb2fad8a95476c897c5387788f38fe-3f2dc88ae44c42e59d9145ff579acbeb-1_t397 2012-04-25 04:40:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney laid claim to the fiercely contested Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with a fistful of primary triumphs, then urged all who struggle in a shaky U.S. economy to "hold on a little longer, a better Ameri...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Senate rejects bid to nullify union election rules
    Capitol_dome 2012-04-24 18:48:17 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected a Republican attempt to overturn new regulations designed to give unions quicker workplace representation elections. The 54-45 vote against a disapproval resolution leaves intact new National Labor Rela...
  • Feds make 1st arrest in BP oil spill case
    Untitled 2012-04-24 18:37:17 UTC
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department said on Tuesday it filed the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, accusing a former BP engineer of destroying evidence. Kurt Mix, of Katy, Texas, was arrested ...
  • 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...
  • Obama woos students, pushes low rate student loans
    628x471 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...
  • 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...
  • US-Afghan security pact sends warning to al-Qaida
    4f96173987448.image 2012-04-24 07:24:54 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new strategic partnership that commits the U.S. to defend Afghanistan militarily for 10 years after most foreign forces leave in 2014 is intended to signal that the U.S. will not tolerate a resurgent al-Qaida or attacks...
  • Romney backs student loan proposal Obama supports
    Untitled 2012-04-24 07:21:55 UTC
    ASTON, Pa. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday embraced a student loan proposal that President Barack Obama is selling on the campaign trail and refused to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio's conservative immigration plan aimed a...
  • Spurs lock up West's top seed with rout of Blazers
    Untitled 2012-04-24 07:17:50 UTC
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have locked up another No. 1 seed. Now comes trying not to blow it again. Tim Duncan scored 18 points in what might have been his last game before the playoffs start this weekend, now that the Spurs h...
  • 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...
  • US lessons in Afghanistan can aid Colombian troops
    628x471 2012-04-24 07:07:03 UTC
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta got a glimpse into how America's military's experience in Afghanistan is contributing to the U.S. counterinsurgency training in Colombia. While the two conflicts are no perfect match, U.S. ...
  • Ted Nugent set for court date in illegal kill case
    120418034228_ted-nugent 2012-04-24 07:04:13 UTC
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed. The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a p...
  • Picking jury without a Clemens bias was a cinch
    Untitled 2012-04-24 07:00:20 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a city that went 33 years without a major league baseball team, picking a jury without bias toward — or even much awareness of — Roger Clemens proved to be a cinch. But between other delays and a swirl of complicated argume...
  • Prosecutors open with Hudson at murder trial
    4f9609c532262.image 2012-04-24 06:55:41 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — The trial of the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's family opened with the marquee witness, as prosecutors put the award-winning actress and singer on the stand Monday for sometimes-tearful testimony that may well leave a last...
  • 12th military member tied to prostitution scandal
    Untitled 2012-04-24 06:40:08 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service prostitution scandal grew Monday to include a 12th member of the U.S. military as the Pentagon suspended the security clearances of all the military personnel who have been implicated. The Secret Service has al...
  • Twins born after mom stays on respirator for month
    Baby 2012-04-24 06:32:07 UTC
    DETROIT (AP) — Vance Terrell offered encouraging words to his pregnant sister during visits to a western Michigan hospital. It didn't matter that she couldn't see or hear him, and would never hold her twin sons. Christine Bolden, 26, was alread...
  • Dangerous booby traps found on popular Utah trail
    1 2012-04-24 06:24:34 UTC
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A deadly booby trap rigged along a popular Utah trail could have killed someone if they had tripped a ground wire set up to send a 20-pound, spiked boulder swinging into an unsuspecting hiker, authorities said Monday. Anot...
  • Ex-Edwards aide takes stand against former boss
    Key_un_panel_warns_us_over_'alarming'_racism__as_it_did_with_iraq_and_burundi 2012-04-24 06:14:15 UTC
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Young was once much more than an aide to John Edwards. The linchpin of the government's criminal case against the ex-presidential candidate spent long hours driving to and from political events with the rising Dem...
  • Washington delicate about Secret Service scandal
    Hotel112__v-grossgalerie16x9 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...