US factory orders fell in March by most in 3 years
2012-05-02 19:54:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Demand for U.S. factory goods dropped in March by the most in three years, driven lower by a sharp fall in volatile orders for commercial aircraft. Still, more recent data suggest the decline may be temporary.
The Commerce Dep...
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...
13 charged in hazing death of FAMU band member
2012-05-02 19:01:11 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor says most of the 13 people charged in the death of Florida A&M university drum major will face a felony hazing charge.
The prosecutor announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday. State Attorney Lawson ...
US-Afghan pact achieved despite Karzai's rhetoric
2012-05-02 18:50:36 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president has branded his U.S. allies as corrupt, wasteful and contemptuous of Afghan lives. Once he even threatened to join the Taliban. Nonetheless, Hamid Karzai signed a deal that could keep thousands of ...
AP Exclusive: Activist now wants to leave China
2012-05-02 18:22:47 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — The blind Chinese activist at the center of a six-day diplomatic tussle between the U.S. and China said he fears for his family's lives and wants to leave China, hours after American officials announced an agreement with Beijing tha...
Detroit unions weigh strike option as layoffs loom
2012-05-02 18:16:55 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Unions angry that Detroit is trying to mend its financially-battered books by laying off hundreds of workers and imposing steep contract concessions on those who remain are considering an illegal strike.
Several Detroit municipal...
Troubling signs for 6-term Republican senator
2012-05-02 17:49:16 UTC
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's allies have largely disappeared from the television airwaves just days before Tuesday's primary, a sign that even friends of the six-term Republican think he's in trouble and could lose to tea party...
Romney campaigns for small-business vote in VA
2012-05-02 17:44:51 UTC
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Kicking off his Virginia campaign, Republican Mitt Romney said Wednesday he'll do "the opposite" of what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy. His wife, Ann, chipped in by appealing to women voters in a key reg...
Gingrich to abandon presidential run on Wednesday
2012-05-02 17:39:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Newt Gingrich prepared to abandon his presidential bid, President Barack Obama saw it as an opportunity to swipe at Mitt Romney.
Obama's re-election campaign on Wednesday released an 80-second web video of clips from the Re...
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...
Rare Cezanne watercolor fetches $19M at NY auction
2012-05-02 11:36:14 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A rare watercolor study by Paul Cezanne believed lost for nearly 60 years fetched over $19 million at a New York City auction on Tuesday.
Christie's auction house said "A Card Player" sold to a buyer who wished to remain anonymo...
Cause unknown in fire that killed NY family
2012-05-02 08:03:12 UTC
CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — The fire that killed a police captain and most of his family was so intense that it burned their bodies beyond recognition, destroyed the family's suburban New York home and melted paint off cars.
Officials were still lookin...
Obama: US emerging from 'dark cloud of war'
2012-05-02 08:00:28 UTC
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. is emerging from more than a decade under the "dark cloud of war," with the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan ending and the war in Iraq now over.
In excerpts released ahea...
In Kabul, Obama highlights foreign policy record
2012-05-02 07:54:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago.
The president's se...
Obama sees 'new day' 1 year after bin Laden raid
2012-05-02 07:42:45 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see...
Pettitte testifies uncomfortably in Clemens case
2012-05-02 07:39:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andy Pettitte looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on the witness stand in the Roger Clemens perjury trial.
During breaks Tuesday when the judge and lawyers haggled over legal procedures, Pettitte looked down or straight a...
NYC man convicted in thwarted subway bomb plot
2012-05-02 07:34:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide ...
Munch's 'The Scream' may fetch $80M at NYC auction
2012-05-02 07:30:36 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — could sell for $80 million or more when it is auctioned at Sotheby's on Wednesday.
The 1895 painting of a man holding his head and screaming under a...
US claims father illegally moved kids to Gaza
2012-05-02 07:26:27 UTC
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in the U.S. have accused a divorced Palestinian man of illegally moving his three children from their home in Kansas to his native Gaza earlier this year.
Their mother, Bethany Gonzales, says she wants her child...
Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
2012-05-01 20:15:43 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan Tuesday night on the anniversary of the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and signed an agreement cementing U.S. commitment to the nation after American combat troo...
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...
Human rights showdown awaits Clinton in Beijin
2012-05-01 19:13:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headed Tuesday to Beijing, where a tense human rights showdown awaits over the fate of a blind Chinese lawyer said to be under U.S. protection after escaping from house arrest.
Parents cheer autism-friendly 'Mary Poppins'
2012-05-01 19:21:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The afternoon performance of "Mary Poppins" was marked by loud yips, shouts and moans — and that was just fine.
It was the second autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show, and for many families with a child who suffers fro...
Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples
2012-05-01 17:56:16 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth.
The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic ...
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...