Obama calls on lawmakers to end gridlock
2012-06-18 00:56:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to end partisan gridlock and pass proposals he says would put Americans back to work.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says GOP lawmakers "haven't lifted a finger" o...
Obama, world want bold signs from Europe at G-20
2012-06-18 00:13:14 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — With global anxiety rising, President Barack Obama is searching for bolder, swifter signals from Europe that it will contain its financial mess and keep it from torpedoing the U.S. economy and his re-election chances along with it.
Hurricane Carlotta hits Mexican coast, weakens
2012-06-16 08:24:27 UTC
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A weakening Hurricane Carlotta pushed northward toward the resort city of Acapulco on Saturday after making landfall near the Mexican beach town of Puerto Escondido, where it toppled trees and shook tourist hotels.
Romney: Obama denying middle class a 'fair shot'
2012-06-16 07:22:40 UTC
MILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney launched a multistate bus tour through small-town America on Friday, charging that President Barack Obama hasn't given the middle class "a fair shot."
The tour, unusual for Romn...
Romney and Obama compete for rural voters' support
2012-06-15 08:14:42 UTC
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney tells voters in small towns that he planted alfalfa on his uncle's farm as a teenager. And Barack Obama doesn't hesitate to remind people in such far-flung places that his mother grew up in Kansas.
So go ...
AP EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon to mark gay pride month
2012-06-15 07:43:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.
Obama turns to NYC celebrities for campaign cash
2012-06-15 06:55:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama soaked in the support — and the campaign cash — of Manhattan's elite entertainers Thursday as his re-election team sought to fill its fundraising coffers.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama made a...
Jury sides with Costner in BP spill lawsuit
2012-06-15 01:04:34 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal jury late Thursday rejected claims that Kevin Costner and his business partner duped fellow actor Stephen Baldwin and a friend out of millions of dollars from a BP contract for using oil cleanup devices in the aftermat...
Texas man in stand-your-ground case could get life
2012-06-14 08:02:39 UTC
HOUSTON (AP) — A retired Houston-area firefighter faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him of murder for gunning down his unarmed neighbor during a dispute over a noisy house party.
Raul Rodriguez, 47, argued he was within his righ...
In search for cash, Obama's keeps an A-list cast
2012-06-14 07:51:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It will be Sarah Jessica Parker's house, but President Barack Obama's show. You could call it "Checks and the City."
Needing to boost his donor base and campaign cash, Obama is banking on elite entertainers for help so often t...
Wildfire smoke smudges skies above Cheyenne
2012-06-13 17:13:19 UTC
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Smoke from a massive wildfire in northern Colorado was blowing into southeast Wyoming and smudging the skies above Cheyenne on Wednesday.
Overnight winds from the southwest blew smoke into Wyoming, leaving a pungent odor ...
More trouble for Obama nominee to be envoy to Iraq
2012-06-13 17:09:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are pressing the White House to dump its nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, citing concerns about his abilities and judgment amid allegations that he acted inappropriately while working at the U.S....
4th alleged Sandusky victim takes stand at trial
2012-06-13 16:46:19 UTC
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The fourth alleged victim to testify at Jerry Sandusky's trial says he endured sexual abuse at the hands of the former Penn State assistant football coach but only told his parents of the assaults last year when interviewed ...
George Zimmerman's wife charged with perjury
2012-06-12 21:22:31 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the wife of Trayvon Martin's shooter is being accused of lying to a judge about their finances during a bond hearing and faces one count of perjury.
An order issued Tuesday by assistant state attorney John G...
First accuser describes Sandusky claims in detail
2012-06-12 07:32:25 UTC
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The first witness to take the stand against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said he regretted having kept the alleged sexual abuse a secret, and feels guilty because of the other boys that prosecuto...
Special election in Ariz. to replace Giffords
2012-06-12 07:28:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are hoping that late campaign appearances by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will help push her hand-picked successor to victory in a special congressional election in Arizona.
Republicans, trying to make the southern...
'Escape from Alcatraz' gets anniversary attention
2012-06-12 07:16:58 UTC
ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) — For 20th century crime buffs, few capers match the intrigue and ingenuity of the "Escape from Alcatraz," the 1962 prison break three inmates pulled off with stolen spoons, dummy heads and a raincoat raft.
Commerce secretary Bryson taking leave of absence
2012-06-12 07:04:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests after suffering a seizure connected to two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area over the weekend.
Bryson informed President Barack Obama...
Commerce: Bryson suffered seizure
2012-06-11 16:05:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area that left him injured and unconscious, the government said Monday.
The Commerce Department said Bryson was take...
Record rainfall inundates central Gulf coast
2012-06-10 04:42:07 UTC
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Record amounts of rain have dropped on the central Gulf coast, causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone.
The National Weather Service says 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola on Sat...
Cost to lunch with Warren Buffett: $3.5 million
2012-06-10 03:32:03 UTC
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The cost to dine with investor Warren Buffett has apparently spiked in value, with one deep-pocketed bidder forking over nearly $3.5 million during a charity auction.
The annual auction for a private lunch with the Nebraska b...
Wife contradicts Clemens' chief accuser on HGH
2012-06-08 18:50:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Debbie Clemens testified Friday that her husband was not present when she received a shot of human growth hormone from Roger Clemens' strength coach — testimony that contradicts the star pitcher's chief accuser in the perjury tri...
Obama: Congress, Europe must stem economic crisis
2012-06-08 18:41:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy at risk, President Barack Obama accused Republicans on Friday of pursuing policies that would weaken the U.S. recovery. He simultaneously urged Europe's leaders to prevent an overseas debt crisis from dragging down th...
Frustrated liberals want more from Obama
2012-06-08 04:02:34 UTC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — They are trying to be hopeful, but the Democratic Party's most passionate voters are struggling to hide their frustration with President Barack Obama.
Republicans attack the president as a big-government liberal. Many li...
Reputed mobster, diamond thief sentenced to prison
2012-06-07 21:29:59 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed Chicago mobster who gained notoriety three decades ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewelry store was sentenced to prison in another case Thursday, telling the judge he got involved in more r...