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...
Md. teenager pleads guilty in terror case in Pa.
2012-05-04 20:20:47 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A teen from Pakistan with a once-bright future in the U.S. pleaded guilty Friday to terrorism charges for helping an American woman dubbed "Jihad Jane" support an Irish terror cell planning to wage a Muslim holy war in Europe.
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...
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...
Ex-media mogul Conrad Black back in Canada
2012-05-04 18:46:32 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — Former media mogul Conrad Black arrived back in Canada on Friday, hours after he was deported from the United States following his release from prison after serving about three years for defrauding investors.
Immigration and Custom...
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...
9/11 families prepare for Guantanamo arraignment
2012-05-04 06:11:29 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It has been a year of milestones for the families of those killed on Sept. 11, with the death of Osama Bin Laden followed by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Now another painful chapter is set to begin: the prosecutio...
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...
Prosecutors opt for hazing charges in FAMU case
2012-05-03 19:17:10 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There was no single blow, stomp or strike to Robert Champion's bruised and battered body that killed him as he was pummeled by fellow Florida A&M University marching band members during a hazing ritual aboard a charter bus las...
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...
Grand jury transcript details CA salon rampage
2012-05-03 18:43:27 UTC
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A hairstylist says he hid in the bathroom of a California salon after a co-worker's ex-husband walked in and started shooting as people screamed and one begged for her life.
Stylist Gordon Gallego says in a grand jury t...
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...
US says it's still trying to help Chinese activist
2012-05-03 07:37:49 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they are still trying to help a blind Chinese activist who says he fears for his family's safety, and denied he was pressured to leave the American Embassy to resettle inside China.
The diplomatic dis...
US factory orders fell in March by most in 3 years
2012-05-02 19:54:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Demand for U.S. factory goods dropped in March by the most in three years, driven lower by a sharp fall in volatile orders for commercial aircraft. Still, more recent data suggest the decline may be temporary.
The Commerce Dep...
13 charged in hazing death of FAMU band member
2012-05-02 19:01:11 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor says most of the 13 people charged in the death of Florida A&M university drum major will face a felony hazing charge.
The prosecutor announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday. State Attorney Lawson ...
Detroit unions weigh strike option as layoffs loom
2012-05-02 18:16:55 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Unions angry that Detroit is trying to mend its financially-battered books by laying off hundreds of workers and imposing steep contract concessions on those who remain are considering an illegal strike.
Several Detroit municipal...
Troubling signs for 6-term Republican senator
2012-05-02 17:49:16 UTC
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's allies have largely disappeared from the television airwaves just days before Tuesday's primary, a sign that even friends of the six-term Republican think he's in trouble and could lose to tea party...