Democratic Super PACs off to modest 2012 start
2012-04-14 04:54:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fundraising by Democratic "Super PACs" is off to a slow start for the 2012 campaign season, compared with aggressive efforts by Republican groups that plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in fights for congressional...
Obama urged at summit to focus on Latin America
2012-04-14 04:40:57 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Washington should turn back to alliances with neighbors in Latin America rather than focus on faraway conflicts like Afghanistan, Colombia's president said on Friday before welcoming President Barack Obama to the Am...
Finally! Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt get engaged
2012-04-13 22:42:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It's official: Brangelina is engaged.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie haven't set a wedding date yet, but their engagement "is a promise for the future," Pitt's manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante, said in an email Friday.
Colombia's Ocampo withdraws from World Bank challenge
2012-04-13 22:07:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo said Friday he was withdrawing his candidacy for World Bank president to allow developing nations to rally behind a single nominee to challenge the United States for the ...
Most Americans back gun lobby, right to use deadly force
2012-04-13 16:17:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves - even in public places - and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, the main gun-lobby group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
In real time, Twitter charges feisty White House campaign
2012-04-13 02:42:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. presidential campaign took shape this week, Mitt Romney's staff made what it hopes will be a momentous move: Ann Romney, the candidate's wife, joined Twitter.
Romney made her debut on the social networking sit...
Shooter of Florida teen Trayvon Martin pleads not guilty
2012-04-13 02:36:48 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A handcuffed George Zimmerman, charged with killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, appeared in court for the first time on Thursday and his lawyer said a not guilty plea was entered on his "frightened" client's...
Wall Street rallies as global fears ebb, Google up late
2012-04-13 01:09:01 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks scored a second day of solid gains on Thursday, led by materials and energy stocks, as investors set aside weak figures on the domestic labor market.
Rumors about strong growth figures due overnight from China h...
U.S. proposes brake override for all passenger autos
2012-04-12 20:13:33 UTC
(Reuters) - U.S. auto safety regulators on Thursday announced a proposal that would require brake override systems on all new passenger cars and trucks, likely by the 2015 model year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation safety regulation arm ...
Jobless claims cast cloud on labor market
2012-04-12 17:28:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for jobless aid hit a two-month high last week and more applications were received in the prior week than initially reported, suggesting a cooling in the labor market recovery.
Biden to attack "Romney Rule" on taxes for rich
2012-04-12 17:22:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will take direct aim at probable Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday, accusing him of promoting what amounts to a "Romney Rule" of tax protection for the rich.
Suspicious package prompts evacuation of New York financial building
2012-04-12 16:51:28 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspicious package that appeared to contain a grenade was found at 2 World Financial Center on Thursday morning, prompting an evacuation of the building, police said.
The evacuation was prompted around 11 a.m. EDT after a...
Romney stumbles out of the gate in general election
2012-04-12 02:05:44 UTC
HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Less than a day into the U.S. general election campaign, probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumbled on a key issue on Wednesday in an early warning that he needs to sharpen up quickly to compete with Preside...
Trayvon Martin shooter charged with murder
2012-04-12 04:24:44 UTC
JACKSONVILLE/SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A special prosecutor in Florida charged neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder on Wednesday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a move protester...
Romney stumbles out of the gate in general election
2012-04-12 00:31:43 UTC
HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Less than a day into the general election campaign, probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumbled on a key issue on Wednesday in an early warning that he needs to sharpen up quickly to compete with President Ba...
Obama, Romney trade blows as fight for White House narrows
2012-04-12 00:20:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired sharp attacks at each other on Wednesday as they opened a seven-month battle for the White House that got ugly fast.
Both campaigns moved quickly to frame...
White House campaign opens with sharp attacks
2012-04-11 20:44:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired a series of sharp attacks at each other on Wednesday as they opened a seven-month battle for the White House that is getting ugly fast.
Both campaigns mov...
Charges expected in shooting of Florida teen
2012-04-11 20:41:12 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida special prosecutor was expected to announce a criminal charge on Wednesday against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in a racially charged case that has captivated...
Next generation of doctors sees gloomy future
2012-04-11 16:46:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of young doctors feel pessimistic about the future of the U.S. healthcare system, with the new healthcare law cited as the main reason, according to a survey released to Reuters on Wednesday.
Nearly half of the...
Afghan elite raiders say they are U.S. equals
2012-04-11 16:32:46 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - It's a special-forces entry like no other and guaranteed to spoil the element of surprise, but Afghanistan's new elite soldiers insist they will be no less effective in countering insurgents than controversial night raids by U.S....
Obama campaign: Romney not paying "fair share" of taxes
2012-04-11 05:54:49 UTC
BOCA RATON, Florida (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's campaign blasted Mitt Romney on Tuesday for not paying his "fair share" of taxes, escalating the rhetoric against the leading Republican presidential contender to try to paint him as an elit...
Shooter in Trayvon Martin case "emotionally crippled"
2012-04-11 02:28:26 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has been so "emotionally crippled" by the racially charged case that he may no longer be in control of his actions, his...
Cuban national soccer team player defects, seeks asylum in U.S.
2012-04-11 01:45:44 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - A Cuban national soccer player who disappeared from his team while in Nashville, Tennessee, for an Olympic qualifying tournament has defected and is seeking asylum in the United States, his attorney said on Tuesday...
Clinton warns of "additional provocations" from North Korea
2012-04-11 01:06:35 UTC
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Tuesday that history points to "additional provocations" from North Korea after its expected rocket launch this week, suggesting isolated Pyongyang feared closer rel...
Global cyber arms race engulfing Web - Defense official
2012-04-11 00:58:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A global cyber arms race is engulfing the Internet and the best way to counter the rapidly escalating threat is combining the efforts of U.S. agencies, private firms and international allies, cyber security officials said on...