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  • Many blacks shrug off Obama's new view on gays
    4fadb6695d005.image 2012-05-12 16:05:54 UTC
    ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Like many black Americans, Dorsey Jackson does not believe in gay marriage, but he wasn't disillusioned when Barack Obama became the first president to support it. The windows of his suburban Philadelphia barbershop still displ...
  • GOP: Economy tops gay marriage as campaign issue
    539w-1 2012-05-13 18:55:56 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama delighted his liberal base by coming down on the side of gay marriage, but he cheered the opposition, too. Republican activists now want to use Obama's stance on the issue — public opinion is about evenl...
  • Obama asks Congress to act on 'to-do' list
    Obama 2012-05-12 15:58:34 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama is asking Democrats and Republicans to act on his "to-do list" for Congress, a five-point plan he says would create jobs and help restore middle-class security. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama s...
  • Obama wants Congress to help homeowners
    Untitled 2012-05-11 19:52:08 UTC
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to help homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure, taking his economic pitch to hard-hit Nevada. Obama wants Congress to make it easier for struggling homeowners to refinance, pointing ...
  • Obama heads to struggling Nev. after fundraising
    Barack_obama_met_prince_harry_for_an_interview 2012-05-11 14:14:53 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning his attention back to the economy after a day spent raising millions of dollars for his campaign and riding a media wave on his newly declared support for same-sex marriage. Obama was to prom...
  • Judge refuses to dismiss John Edwards charges
    8643387_600x338 2012-05-11 20:01:16 UTC
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge refused to throw out campaign corruption charges against John Edwards on Friday, meaning the former presidential hopeful will have to present his case to a jury. Lawyers for Edwards argued before U.S. Distri...
  • Kidnap-slaying suspect kills himself; 2 girls OK
    18294369_bg1 2012-05-11 14:05:17 UTC
    GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — A man wanted by the FBI for killing a mother and daughter and kidnapping two other girls shot himself to death as officers closed in, but the two children were rescued without injuries and released from a hospital Friday. ...
  • Judge rejects effort to open CIA volume on Cuba
    China_increased_tariffs_by_up_to_25_percent_on_128_us_products 2012-05-11 13:59:12 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a final volume of the CIA's three-decade-old history on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba can remain shrouded in secrecy because it is a draft, not a finished product. The CIA characterized...
  • Biden proves catalyst for Obama on gay marriage
    Joe_biden_01 2012-05-11 13:53:24 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, Mr. President. After nearly single-handedly pushing gay marriage to the forefront of the presidential campaign and inadvertently pressuring President Barack Obama to declare his support for same-sex unions, there was on...
  • Cheaper gas drives US wholesale price index lower
    120412_ppi_hmed_0603p.photoblog500 2012-05-11 13:21:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A big decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of U.S. wholesale prices lower in April. But outside that drop, inflation was tame. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index, which measures price cha...
  • Prosecution rests in John Edwards trial
    _kg1wyh 2012-05-10 19:41:33 UTC
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against John Edwards on Thursday after calling to the witness stand some of his closest friends and advisers, many of whom gave dramatic, often unflattering testimony about the former president...
  • Civil rights lawsuit filed against Ariz. sheriff
    Untitled 2012-05-10 19:29:37 UTC
    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sued America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday, a rare step for the agency after months of negotiations failed to reach a settlement over allegations that his department racially profiled Latino...
  • House OKs social programs cuts to aid Pentagon
    Congress_20110311110719_320_240 2012-05-10 19:22:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House Thursday passed legislation to replace a looming 10 percent cut to the military budget with cuts to domestic programs like food stamps and health care. The partisan 218-199 vote sends the measure to th...
  • Romney counters notion he bullied gay classmates
    Young-old-romney-cropped-proto-custom_28 2012-05-10 19:14:52 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney apologized Thursday to classmates he may have offended by "hijinks and pranks during high school" and insisted he didn't know that some were gay. The Republican presidential candidate issued the apology during a ha...
  • Obama making cultural waves, or just a ripple?
    Obama1 2012-05-10 18:15:55 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — He gave no speech, issued no call to action. He spoke of changing alongside the nation's people, not of leading them into uncharted territory. He made sure to say what so many so passionately believe — that states should decide s...
  • Obama not worried about being upstaged by Biden
    R-obama-biden-governors-meeting-large570 2012-05-10 20:16:31 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'd already decided to come out for gay marriage before Vice President Joe Biden publicly endorsed it. Obama tells ABC in an interview that he wasn't worried about being upstaged by his vice presid...
  • NC vote shows gay marriage still divisive
    Untitled 2012-05-09 17:52:41 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faced mounting pressure Wednesday to express support for same-sex marriage after a setback for gay-rights advocates in North Carolina. Republicans there turned out in force Tuesday night to vote to stren...
  • 3-state sweep moves Romney closer to nomination
    Getty_p_011012_romneyclap 2012-05-09 17:47:16 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won most of the delegates in a three-state primary sweep, leaving him a little more than 200 delegates shy of the number needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president. He co...
  • Wis. recall is rematch of 2010 governor's race
    Untitled 2012-05-09 15:30:00 UTC
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The candidates may be the same, but Wisconsin isn't. In the tumultuous 18 months since Republican Scott Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in the 2010 governor's race, Wisconsin has been rocked with massive protests over ...
  • House panel considers higher 2013 defense budget
    Untitled 2012-05-09 15:21:30 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Armed Services Committee pressed ahead Wednesday with a version of the 2013 defense budget that adds billions to President Barack Obama's proposed budget and rejects the administration's call for military base closings....
  • Penn St. ex-coach wants sex-abuse trial postponed
    Filerf5vpe 2012-05-09 15:04:39 UTC
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Wednesday asked for a delay in the former Penn State assistant football coach's child sex-abuse trial, saying he needed more time to prepare and that he was still waiting for disclosure of prosecut...
  • Postal Service: Will keep rural post offices open
    Plpostofficejpg-d56a86c9b37caf38 2012-05-09 15:01:13 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggling U.S. Postal Service is trying to tamp down concern over its wide-scale cuts, saying it will seek to keep hundreds of rural post offices open with shorter hours. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe tells a news co...
  • FBI, police hunt kidnap-slaying suspect, 2 girls
    Be266570438c46c3ac09a153303639a0-e9293ccaf4cf4aba88f4707c76a424a8-2 2012-05-09 14:56:24 UTC
    GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — Heavily armed FBI agents and authorities from Mississippi and Tennessee were searching woods and back roads for what they said was a dangerous man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter and fleeing wi...
  • Cattle prices jump as ranchers begins rebuilding
    Untitled 2012-05-09 15:07:51 UTC
    FRANKSTON, Texas (AP) — A cow runs circles in a small pen, her baby close by her side. Ranchers, their brows wrinkled, scribble in a glossy catalog while high on a podium the auctioneer slams his gavel, taking bids as the price of the pair rises r...
  • Lugar loss has lessons for Republicans, Democrats
    Untitled 2012-05-09 06:45:35 UTC
    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Veteran Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in the Indiana GOP primary provides warnings for President Barack Obama and his Democrats as well as Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans six months before the November election. In one st...