Mary Kennedy services planned amid apparent rift
2012-05-18 22:02:11 UTC
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The two sides of Mary Richardson Kennedy's grieving family faced off in court Friday, just hours before a planned wake for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife.
Details of the legal dispute were sealed by a judge, bu...
Bush to return to White House for portrait release
2012-05-18 20:15:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush is returning to the White House on May 31 for the unveiling of his official portrait.
A White House senior official says Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will return later this month for th...
Ultra-Orthodox plan huge NYC meeting on Net risks
2012-05-18 19:38:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe that the Internet threatens their way of life have rented the New York Mets' stadium for an unprecedented gathering on how to use modern technology in a religiously appropriate way.
More than 40,0...
Once an Obama coup, Indiana less a battleground
2012-05-18 19:10:31 UTC
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to win Indiana in the 2008 presidential race. A repeat coup seems doubtful this year.
Even Democrats see the current political environment in this conservative-leaning state as f...
THE RACE: Obama, Romney working to stay on message
2012-05-18 18:37:15 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ With 172 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are being buffeted by crosswinds as Oba...
Nurses' pre-NATO rally expected to draw thousands
2012-05-18 15:20:29 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of nurses and other protesters planned to rally at a downtown Chicago plaza Friday ahead of a two-day NATO summit and as a prelude to a much larger demonstration expected this weekend.
Meanwhile, many office buildings i...
US, Pakistan to reach 'conclusion' on supply route
2012-05-17 20:49:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. and Pakistan have decided to "reach a conclusion" to their standoff over Pakistan's blockade of a key supply route.
But National Security Adviser Tom Donilon says it's unclear whether a deal can b...
Census shows whites lose US majority among babies
2012-05-17 20:34:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing.
New 2011 census estimates highlight a historic shift under...
Closing arguments in John Edwards corruption trial
2012-05-17 18:34:07 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor used John Edwards' own stump speech against him in closing arguments at his corruption trial Thursday, saying the presidential candidate violated campaign finance laws meant to protect "the two Americas" in ord...
Obama's home-turf summits will test his leverage
2012-05-17 18:12:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On his home turf, President Barack Obama will find his leverage tested at two summits beginning Friday.
Europe's economic mess remains its own problem to fix even as it threatens the U.S. recovery and Obama's re-election bid.
Edwards doesn't testify at campaign finance trial
2012-05-17 02:19:55 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — John Edwards' team wrapped up their defense Wednesday without calling the ex-presidential candidate, his mistress or daughter to testify, a move experts say was intended to shift focus from a political sex scandal to the ni...
Biden attacks Romney tenure as venture capitalist
2012-05-17 01:58:55 UTC
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning in Democratic territory with high unemployment, went after Republican Mitt Romney's business background Wednesday and cast him as a corporate raider more interested in profits than peop...
GI killed in Cambodia clash awarded Medal of Honor
2012-05-16 22:36:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leslie Sabo's Vietnam War ended in the flash of his own grenade, hurled at an enemy bunker in Cambodia to save surrounded comrades. Forty years later — and a dozen years after the long-lost paperwork turned up in military archive...
House OKs GOP's anti-violence against women bill
2012-05-16 22:24:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed Republican legislation to renew an anti-domestic violence law.
Wednesday's vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for five years followed an emotional debate over whether the House GOP bill wou...
Obama calls on Congress to help small businesses
2012-05-16 21:57:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner dug in Wednesday on their already hardened positions on tax increases versus spending cuts as the outlines of another dire debt ceiling showdown emerged.
Following a bipart...
George W. Bush offers tepid endorsement of Romney
2012-05-16 04:07:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush is backing presumptive Republican White House nominee Mitt Romney.
The former president offered a four-word endorsement of Romney as the doors of his elevator were closing after a speech Tuesday in Washington.
Romney wins Nebraska, Oregon primaries
2012-05-16 04:05:27 UTC
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Mitt Romney is adding two more victories to his win column.
Nebraska and Oregon Republicans, as expected, have made clear their preference for the GOP nomination by choosing Romney in Tuesday's presidential primaries.
Obama, bipartisan leaders to meet at White House
2012-05-15 18:21:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House Wednesday to discuss economic proposals Obama wants Congress to act on this year.
Republicans will be represented at the meeting by House Spe...
AP: Killer of 3 tries not to think about murders
2012-05-15 18:11:42 UTC
SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut killer who once called himself one of the most hated men in America said in a death row interview that he tries not to think about the murder of a suburban mother and her two daughters, suffers no nightmares an...
McNamee saved steroids waste for protection
2012-05-15 18:08:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian McNamee testified Tuesday he saved medical waste after injecting Roger Clemens with steroids because his wife complained that McNamee was going to be the fall guy.
McNamee said his wife, Eileen, told him, "You're going t...
Winds in Phoenix to clear smoke from wildfire
2012-05-15 18:03:20 UTC
CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) — Smoke from one of several Arizona wildfires that has shrouded the Phoenix area was expected to be cleared by winds Tuesday as firefighters worked to contain another blaze in the northern part of the state that has forced r...
John Edwards' eldest daughter to take the stand
2012-05-15 17:18:57 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The eldest daughter of John Edwards is set to take the stand in her father's defense.
Cate Edwards is a 30-year-old lawyer who has sat behind the former presidential contender nearly every day of his corruption trial, no...
Clock ticking with new plan to fight Alzheimer's
2012-05-15 17:47:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declared Alzheimer's one of the country's biggest health challenges on Tuesday, adopting a national strategy that sets the clock ticking toward better treatments by 2025 — along with help for suffering fa...
Chief accuser takes stand in Clemens trial
2012-05-14 16:56:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens' chief accuser has taken the stand in the former pitcher's perjury trial.
Brian McNamee has said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens is accused of lying to C...
Obama seeks to undercut Romney's record on jobs
2012-05-14 19:03:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting Mitt Romney as a greedy, job-killing corporate titan with little concern for the working class in a new, multipronged effort that seeks to undermine the central rationale for his Republican rival...