Obama, Dems redoubling money efforts to keep edge
2012-05-23 18:48:28 UTC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — His cash advantage threatened, President Barack Obama and his party are redoubling their fundraising efforts after robust hauls by Republican rival Mitt Romney and a slew of GOP-leaning super PACs that are raking in ...
Obama team trumpets new polling on gay marriage
2012-05-23 18:30:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is beginning to express some confidence that the president's historic, yet politically risky, embrace of gay marriage may not hurt him in the November election.
In a conference cal...
Romney: American kids get 'third-world education'
2012-05-23 18:03:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says American children are getting "a third-world education" because the system is failing them.
He also called education the "civil rights issue of our era," saying minority stude...
Old feud in Bush administration part of Ariz. race
2012-05-22 18:55:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Carmona arrived in Washington a political novice in 2002 and left four years later scarred and frustrated. He didn't go quietly.
A year after his term as the nation's 17th surgeon general, the one-time $500 campaign do...
Cory Booker is latest gaffe-prone Obama surrogate
2012-05-22 18:49:33 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Add Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker to the long list of political stand-ins for both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney who've veered wildly off message in a presidential contest notable for its attention-grabbing ga...
Obama's preference for talks with Iran faces test
2012-05-22 18:41:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's preferred path to end the Iranian nuclear standoff faces a stern test this week when world powers sit down with Iran in another bid to press it to meet international demands to prove it is not trying to d...
Obama stands by hits on Romney's Bain Capital days
2012-05-22 18:34:37 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to undermine Mitt Romney's key rationale for his presidential candidacy Monday, sharply attacking his Republican challenger's background as a venture capitalist and arguing that profit-making alone is n...
Romney's playbook on Bain unclear as attacks grow
2012-05-22 18:28:18 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The core of his presidential candidacy under attack, Mitt Romney has yet to shape a playbook to defend a quarter-century in the business world that created great riches for him and great hardship, at times, for some American worker...
Powell not ready to endorse Obama for re-election
2012-05-22 18:13:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell declined Tuesday to renew the presidential endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, saying he wasn't ready "to throw my weight behind someone" at this time.
The former chairman of...
Romney looks to pad delegate lead in 2 primaries
2012-05-22 18:05:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney was inching closer to officially claiming the Republican presidential nomination as Arkansas and Kentucky voted in primaries Tuesday.
With no serious opposition left, the former Massachusetts governor was certain t...
Obama to push clean energy technologies in Iowa
2012-05-22 17:52:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to the political battleground state of Iowa this week to prod Congress to act on his agenda.
The president will visit TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer in Newton, on Thursday to highlight hi...
Senate toughens Iran penalties over nuke program
2012-05-22 18:45:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Intent on weakening Iran economically, the Senate on Monday approved tough new penalties on the Tehran regime to thwart its nuclear ambitions.
By voice vote, the Senate backed the measure ahead of talks between leading nations...
6 missing after boat reported sunk in Gulf
2012-05-22 04:09:36 UTC
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An extensive daylong search by the U.S. Coast Guard turned up no sign of six people who had radioed that their fishing boat was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston.
Darkness prompted a halt Monday evening to the ...
Obama on Afghan: Leave on time, no 'perfect' end
2012-05-22 00:38:38 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked in place an Afghanistan exit path Monday that will still keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years, acknowledging there never will be point at which they...
Man survives 180-foot plunge over Niagara Falls
2012-05-22 00:27:26 UTC
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A man survived a plunge of at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls in an apparent suicide attempt Monday — only the third person known to have lived after going over the falls without a safety device.
Niagara Parks Polic...
Obama to speak at Joplin high school graduation
2012-05-21 19:25:19 UTC
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama will speak at the commencement ceremony Monday for graduating seniors whose town was devastated by deadly tornadoes.
Obama's remarks in Joplin, Mo. fall on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the tor...
Man testifies he saw Clemens at Canseco pool party
2012-05-21 18:05:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man testified Monday that he saw Roger Clemens at a 1998 Jose Canseco pool party that the former pitcher has denied attending, which is one of the false statements prosecutors allege Clemens made in his 2008 congressional depos...
Obama to address Air Force Academy commencement
2012-05-21 17:59:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to deliver the commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy, his fourth service academy graduation speech in four years.
The president will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, ju...
MS prison guard dies, others hurt in 'disturbance'
2012-05-21 03:45:09 UTC
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A guard at a southwest Mississippi prison died Sunday and several other employees were injured during a disturbance involving hundreds of inmates that continued into the evening, authorities and the prison's operator said.
Echoes of Eurozone crisis at NATO meeting
2012-05-19 17:30:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NATO meeting in Chicago is a chance for alliance leaders to proclaim solidarity and promise success. But the two-day gathering that begins Sunday probably won't resolve the underlying anxiety about sharing the burdens of defe...
Obama wants new banking rules put in place soon
2012-05-19 17:18:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the big trading loss at JPMorgan Chase shows the need to finally put in place banking rules he signed into law two years ago. He also is calling on Congress to stop trying to weaken the regulations.
Rihanna: 'Happy Battleship Day'
2012-05-19 17:15:46 UTC
Rihanna catches a flight at LAX Airport on Friday (May 18) in Los Angeles.
The 24-year-old entertainer has been keeping busy promoting her new action flick, Battleship.
The night before, Rihanna dined at Giorgio Baldi restauran...
Mourners gather in NY for funeral of Mary Kennedy
2012-05-19 17:16:17 UTC
BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Mourners gathered Saturday at a modest stone church north of New York City for the funeral of Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The services, held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in...
Obama: G-8 leaders put focus on eurozone crisis
2012-05-19 16:51:06 UTC
CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — The United States and other members of the Group of Eight industrial nations agree that Europe's financial crisis must be addressed with a mix of growth and austerity measures, President Barack Obama said Saturday as leaders...
4 people found dead after boat crash on Iowa river
2012-05-20 22:56:04 UTC
The bodies of four people missing after a boat crash on the Mississippi River in Iowa were found Sunday within 100 yards of the crash site, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. None was wearing a life vest.
DNR officer Paul Ka...