GOP blocks Senate debate on Dem student loan bill
2012-05-08 18:45:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Tuesday keeping interest rates on federal college loans from doubling July 1 in an election-year battle aimed at the hearts — and votes — of millions of students and their parents....
Redistricting leads to ugly GOP vs. GOP races
2012-05-08 18:33:39 UTC
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Community and business leaders in affluent Seminole County talked about the promise of jobs and economic development from the new 61-mile commuter rail through Orlando. They praised the man who pushed hard for the $1.3 billi...
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 ...
Federal agent says Clemens wasn't targeted
2012-05-07 18:18:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agent Jeff Novitzky testified Monday that Roger Clemens was not a target when Novitzky began questioning Clemens' former strength coach, Brian McNamee, about performance-enhancing drugs.
Meanwhile behind the scenes Cle...
Fed court reverses order for VA system overhaul
2012-05-07 18:03:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court is reversing its demand that the Veterans Affairs Department dramatically overhaul its mental health care system.
A special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that an...
Cities seek more money from tax-exempt colleges
2012-05-07 17:29:04 UTC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Wary of tax increases, weary of layoffs and determined to avoid bankruptcy, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras had only to gaze up at his city's Ivy League campus to see a way out of the morass.
On College Hill sits Brown Un...
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 ...
New video of US aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan
2012-05-07 18:30:13 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped nine months ago in Pakistan said in a video released by al-Qaida that he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. The White House called for h...
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 ...
US hikers who were held in Iran marry in Calif.
2012-05-07 00:09:45 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two Americans who were detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago have been married in Northern California, a family friend said Sunday.
Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were married a...
Long fight predicted in Guantanamo Sept. 11 case
2012-05-06 20:16:06 UTC
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The U.S. has finally started the prosecution of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but the trial won't be starting anytime soon, and both sides said...
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...
Clinton warns against undermining Grameen Bank
2012-05-06 06:20:11 UTC
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged the government of Bangladesh not to do anything that could undermine the effectiveness of the internationally acclaimed Grameen Bank micro-lender.
2 hikers held in Iran to marry in SF Bay area
2012-05-06 01:18:09 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two Americans detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago will marry Saturday in the San Francisco Bay area.
A private wedding ceremony for Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd was set for ...
9/11 defendants ignore judge at Guantanamo hearing
2012-05-06 01:10:31 UTC
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — They knelt in prayer, ignored the judge and wouldn't listen to Arabic translations as they confronted nearly 3,000 counts of murder. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendan...
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...
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 ...
US revamps student work-visa program after abuses
2012-05-04 19:51:18 UTC
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The State Department announced major changes Friday to one of its premier cultural-exchange programs following an investigation by The Associated Press that found widespread abuses.
The agency issued new rules for the J-1 ...
Nurse in Afghanistan dies in Skype chat with wife
2012-05-04 19:40:07 UTC
HOUSTON (AP) — The wife of an Army officer serving in Afghanistan witnessed her husband's death as the two video chatted via Skype, his family said Friday.
The circumstances of Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark's death were not immediately available. The...
Heiress concerned Edwards used her for her money
2012-05-04 19:21:32 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The 101-year-old heiress whose money helped hide John Edwards' pregnant mistress said the presidential candidate should have used his own money for the cover up, her friend testified Friday.
Interior designer Bryan Huffm...
3 convicted, 6 acquitted in sex trafficking case
2012-05-04 18:39:46 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee federal jury split its verdict Friday against nine people accused of operating a sex trafficking ring run mostly by Somali refugee gang members, convicting three men and acquitting six.
The defendants are amo...
Police believe Neo-Nazi killed 4, himself in Ariz.
2012-05-03 20:09:07 UTC
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Police said Thursday that they believe a former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups shot four people and then took his own life in a suburban Phoenix home.
Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Bill Balafas said that...
Medicare disruptions seen if health law is struck
2012-05-03 19:02:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's payment system, the unseen but vital network that handles 100 million monthly claims, could freeze up if President Barack Obama's health care law is summarily overturned, the administration has quietly informed the cou...
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...