Romney dismisses Democrat's remark about polygamy
2012-04-20 22:59:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shrugging off a Democratic governor's remark that a history of polygamy in the Romney family could hurt his chances of being elected.
Romney is also pointing out that ...
Mommy Wars give way to Doggy Wars in Twitterverse
2012-04-20 20:08:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — So let's get all the puns out of the way, shall we? It's the issue with legs — four of them. The doggone thing won't go away. Has the presidential race just gone to the dogs? Or are we simply in those dog days between the primary s...
Romney pulls in $12M as GOP super PAC amasses cash
2012-04-20 20:03:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said it raised $12.6 million in contributions in March, adding to roughly $14 million his Republican Party brought in last month. But the combined figure still puts Romney at a disadvantage wit...
Dem senator unsure of vote for Obama or Romney
2012-04-20 19:45:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he's unsure whether he'll vote for President Barack Obama or likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
In a statement Friday, Manchin said he has real differences with both Obama ...
Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July
2012-04-20 18:20:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections after early July.
The problem started when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take co...
Penn State assistant AD no longer works at school
2012-04-20 17:52:01 UTC
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Penn State official who briefly took over as athletic director following the sex abuse scandal is no longer working at the school.
The Centre Daily Times first reported Mark Sherburne's departure Thursday night and...
White House defends Secret Service chief anew
2012-04-20 01:56:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House expressed renewed confidence Thursday in the director of the Secret Service in the midst of a sordid prostitution scandal that has threatened to become a serious political distraction in an election year. A key la...
NYC basement searched for boy who vanished in 1979
2012-04-20 01:10:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Police and the FBI searched a Manhattan basement Thursday for the remains of a 6-year-old boy whose 1979 disappearance on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons.
Trouble in threes: Scandals hamper Obama's message
2012-04-20 00:29:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn't Mitt Romney who's giving Barack Obama fits as the president pivots to re-election mode. It's those federal bureaucrats carousing in Las Vegas, the Secret Service consorting with Colombian prostitutes and U.S. soldiers po...
Clooney to hold high-end Obama fundraiser
2012-04-19 22:41:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — George Cooney has a starring role in a new Obama campaign sweepstakes.
The actor is holding a high-end fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his Los Angeles home next month and the president's re-election campaign is offeri...
Analysis: A Romney pick for top U.S. court? Frontrunners emerge
2012-04-19 19:02:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the names of people he might appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court are starting to roll off the tongues of conservative activists, lawyers and former Repu...
Republican business tax cut seen passing U.S. House
2012-04-19 18:58:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a tax break for small businesses, giving voters a stark alternative to President Barack Obama's politically popular "Buffett Rule" surtax on the wealthy...
Travelers smashes estimates, insurance rates rising
2012-04-19 18:18:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of healthcare reform in the current election year, a study released on Thursday shows that one in four working-age Americans went without insurance at some point in 2011, often as a...
Panetta apologizes for photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
2012-04-18 18:36:16 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized on Wednesday for photographs that appeared in an American newspaper of U.S. soldiers posing with the maimed bodies of dead Afghan insurgents.
"I know war is ugly ... I know you...
U.S. says Syria at turning point, stresses pressure
2012-04-18 18:23:12 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Syria is at a turning point where the violence must stop or the United States will find ways to increase pressure on the Damascus government, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.
Clinton gave no deta...
Top U.S. colleges to offer free classes online
2012-04-18 16:54:35 UTC
(Reuters) - Five prestigious U.S. universities will create free online courses for students worldwide through a new, interactive education platform dubbed Coursera, the founders announced Wednesday.
The two founders, both professors of computer...
Lockheed braces for cuts in space programs
2012-04-18 01:51:27 UTC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department is unlikely to kill major military satellite programs even if it is forced to double $487 billion in spending cuts already planned for the next decade, but cuts and delays are a su...
U.S. agents, military took up to 21 women to Colombia hotel
2012-04-18 01:19:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service agents and military personnel took as many as 21 women back to their hotel in Colombia in an incident last week involving alleged misconduct with prostitutes, a Republican senator said on Tuesday.
U.S. marks second victory over British in War of 1812
2012-04-17 23:28:15 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A parade of naval vessels and square-rigged sailing ships made their way on Tuesday up the Mississippi River to New Orleans under threatening skies, kicking off a national bicentennial commemoration of U.S. victory in the W...
U.S. looking at "all options" on North Korea as nuclear test looms
2012-04-17 07:59:52 UTC
SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is looking at "all options" as it seeks to discourage North Korea from conducting a third nuclear test, a senior U.S. military officer said on Tuesday, days after a failed long-range rocket launch by the North t...
Fed tries to steer clear of controversial bond buys
2012-04-17 05:14:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is independent but it does not exist in a vacuum, as waning appetite at the central bank for contentious bond purchases suggests.
Minutes from the Fed's March meeting released this month showed su...
Virginia Tech holds classes on five-year shooting anniversary
2012-04-17 03:21:41 UTC
BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Reuters) - Five years after a mentally ill student gunned down 32 people at Virginia Tech, the university held classes on Monday for the first time on the anniversary of the country's deadliest mass shooting and 10,000 mourne...
Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors
2012-04-17 00:39:27 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the...
U.S. regulators approve Cheniere LNG export plant
2012-04-17 00:34:05 UTC
(Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Monday approved the country's first liquefied natural gas export plant in nearly 50 years, which will open up cheap and abundant American supplies to importers across the globe.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commi...
Despite Obama charm, Americas summit boosts U.S. isolation
2012-04-17 00:26:49 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sat patiently through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. poli...