Wis. recall is rematch of 2010 governor's race
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 ...
Penn St. ex-coach wants sex-abuse trial postponed
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...
Lugar loss has lessons for Republicans, Democrats
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...
Primaries reflect conservative enthusiasm for 2012
2012-05-09 06:37:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of conservative enthusiasm, a tea-party backed Republican vanquished six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in a GOP primary and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state's gay marriage ban.
Romney inches closer to magic number of delegates
2012-05-09 06:31:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney added to his big lead in the race for convention delegates Tuesday by sweeping Republican presidential primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia, inching closer to the number of ...
AP-GfK Poll: Support for Afghan war at new low
2012-05-09 06:19:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is...
Obama's 'to do' list for Congress: jobs, mortgages
2012-05-08 18:40:51 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that only Congress can take the "bold action" needed to spur job creation, as he unfurled an election year "to do" list for lawmakers.
Obama's action plan for Congress centers on a series ...
Romney: Obama shouldn't be tried for treason
2012-05-07 20:18:00 UTC
CLEVELAND (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney says he doesn't think President Barack Obama should be tried for treason.
Obama's likely Republican opponent told reporters after a campaign rally Monday in Cleveland that "no, of course" the president sh...
Gingrich: Romney has earned the GOP nomination
2012-05-07 07:04:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House candidate Newt Gingrich says Mitt Romney has "earned the right to represent the Republican Party" against President Barack Obama and that he'll help Romney's campaign in any way he can.
Gingrich says Romney ...
Clinton hopes to see female US president
2012-05-07 05:57:27 UTC
KOLKATA, India (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she has no desire to make another run for the White House but hopes to see an American woman president in her lifetime.
Politely turning aside questions about her ...
Obama calls new French President-elect Hollande
2012-05-07 00:19:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called France's new president-elect to congratulate him on winning Sunday's election.
The White House says Obama told Francois Hollande that he looks forward to working with him on a range of shared ...
Tulisa claims number one with Young
2012-05-06 20:08:29 UTC
Tulisa has shot straight to the top of the charts with her single Young.
The X Factor judge, who was named the world's sexiest woman by FHM magazine earlier this week, snatched the number one spot from Carly Rae Jepsen, whose single Call Me May...
Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine GOP
2012-05-06 20:05:24 UTC
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — With Mitt Romney's nomination all but decided, Ron Paul supporters wrested control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention, party officia...
Biden OK with equal rights for married gay couples
2012-05-06 19:58:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says he's "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples, a stand that gay rights advocates interpreted as an endorsement of same-s...
Obama: Time to shift attention from wars to home
2012-05-05 19:23:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his goal of defeating al-Qaida is within reach and that it's time to turn the country's attention to domestic concerns.
Just four days after his trip to Afghanistan, Obama said that money saved from...
Obama shifts to campaign mode, tears into Romney
2012-05-05 18:37:02 UTC
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama launched a new phase of his re-election campaign on Saturday by branding GOP challenger Mitt Romney as an eager rubber stamp for extremist Republicans in Congress and offering himself as a hard-charging...
General balance: Romney tilts right
2012-05-05 07:53:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — He will need independents in November, but Mitt Romney isn't abandoning his "severely conservative" record.
Instead, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has launched an aggressive campaign against President Barack ...
Obama escalates election fight in Ohio, Virginia
2012-05-05 07:49:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — He's been in campaign mode for months, but President Barack Obama makes his quest for a second term official with rallies Saturday in Ohio and Virginia. He'll be casting Republican rival Mitt Romney as a flip-flopping protector o...
Romney: Regular people teach him about struggles
2012-05-04 20:38:02 UTC
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitt Romney says he learns about what it's like to struggle in a difficult economy by sitting down to chat with regular people. But the Republican presidential candidate doesn't want anybody to see it — and his campaign won't say...
Panetta: Troop scandals hurt US Afghan mission
2012-05-04 20:01:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is warning troops that it takes just seconds for misconduct to make headlines and fuel the enemy in Afghanistan.
Military leaders are pushing commanders to improve discipline in the ranks after a...
Discharged outspoken Marine works last day
2012-05-03 18:38:03 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last day of military service has arrived for a Marine Corps sergeant discharged for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook.
Sgt. Gary Stein says Thursday is his last day on the job for the Marine Corps.
White House is silent on fate of Chinese activist
2012-05-03 18:31:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is sidestepping questions about how the U.S. might resolve the predicament surrounding a blind Chinese activist who sought refuge in the American embassy and who no longer wants to remain China.
White House spo...
Ex-Edwards aide had awkward run-in with mistress
2012-05-03 18:15:42 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Another former close aide to John Edwards testified Thursday about bungled efforts to keep the former presidential candidate's affair hidden from staff members, including an awkward encounter when she showed up at a hotel w...
US uses bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida
2012-05-03 19:58:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege — and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of...
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...