Ultra-Orthodox plan huge NYC meeting on Net risks
2012-05-18 19:38:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe that the Internet threatens their way of life have rented the New York Mets' stadium for an unprecedented gathering on how to use modern technology in a religiously appropriate way.
More than 40,0...
Once an Obama coup, Indiana less a battleground
2012-05-18 19:10:31 UTC
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to win Indiana in the 2008 presidential race. A repeat coup seems doubtful this year.
Even Democrats see the current political environment in this conservative-leaning state as f...
THE RACE: Obama, Romney working to stay on message
2012-05-18 18:37:15 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ With 172 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are being buffeted by crosswinds as Oba...
Obama and Hollande tackle eurozone crisis
2012-05-18 17:26:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the G-8 economic summit will target both management of the European debt crisis and a "strong growth agenda."
Obama spoke in the Oval Office following his first meeting with new French President Fra...
Nurses' pre-NATO rally expected to draw thousands
2012-05-18 15:20:29 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of nurses and other protesters planned to rally at a downtown Chicago plaza Friday ahead of a two-day NATO summit and as a prelude to a much larger demonstration expected this weekend.
Meanwhile, many office buildings i...
Slow push to list breach sites among federal icons
2012-05-17 20:54:45 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sites where levee failures led to the catastrophic flooding after Hurricane Katrina would join Civil War battlefields and Mount Rushmore on a federal list of the nation's historic icons if an activist has her way, but legal foot...
US, Pakistan to reach 'conclusion' on supply route
2012-05-17 20:49:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. and Pakistan have decided to "reach a conclusion" to their standoff over Pakistan's blockade of a key supply route.
But National Security Adviser Tom Donilon says it's unclear whether a deal can b...
Census shows whites lose US majority among babies
2012-05-17 20:34:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing.
New 2011 census estimates highlight a historic shift under...
US envoy to Israel: US ready to strike Iran
2012-05-17 19:59:03 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran.
Dan Shapiro's message resonat...
Closing arguments in John Edwards corruption trial
2012-05-17 18:34:07 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor used John Edwards' own stump speech against him in closing arguments at his corruption trial Thursday, saying the presidential candidate violated campaign finance laws meant to protect "the two Americas" in ord...
Obama's home-turf summits will test his leverage
2012-05-17 18:12:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On his home turf, President Barack Obama will find his leverage tested at two summits beginning Friday.
Europe's economic mess remains its own problem to fix even as it threatens the U.S. recovery and Obama's re-election bid.
Biden attacks Romney tenure as venture capitalist
2012-05-17 01:58:55 UTC
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning in Democratic territory with high unemployment, went after Republican Mitt Romney's business background Wednesday and cast him as a corporate raider more interested in profits than peop...
GI killed in Cambodia clash awarded Medal of Honor
2012-05-16 22:36:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leslie Sabo's Vietnam War ended in the flash of his own grenade, hurled at an enemy bunker in Cambodia to save surrounded comrades. Forty years later — and a dozen years after the long-lost paperwork turned up in military archive...
House OKs GOP's anti-violence against women bill
2012-05-16 22:24:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed Republican legislation to renew an anti-domestic violence law.
Wednesday's vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for five years followed an emotional debate over whether the House GOP bill wou...
RFK Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary, found dead in NY
2012-05-17 02:18:45 UTC
BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, who had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead at the family property Wednesday.
An autopsy for the 52-year-old was scheduled for Thursday, and no c...
Obama calls on Congress to help small businesses
2012-05-16 21:57:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner dug in Wednesday on their already hardened positions on tax increases versus spending cuts as the outlines of another dire debt ceiling showdown emerged.
Following a bipart...
George W. Bush offers tepid endorsement of Romney
2012-05-16 04:07:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush is backing presumptive Republican White House nominee Mitt Romney.
The former president offered a four-word endorsement of Romney as the doors of his elevator were closing after a speech Tuesday in Washington.
Romney wins Nebraska, Oregon primaries
2012-05-16 04:05:27 UTC
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Mitt Romney is adding two more victories to his win column.
Nebraska and Oregon Republicans, as expected, have made clear their preference for the GOP nomination by choosing Romney in Tuesday's presidential primaries.
US says blind China activist's visa is ready
2012-05-15 18:24:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says U.S. visas for Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng (chehn gwahng-chung) and his family are ready for them to travel to America once Beijing gives the green light.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesda...
Obama, bipartisan leaders to meet at White House
2012-05-15 18:21:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House Wednesday to discuss economic proposals Obama wants Congress to act on this year.
Republicans will be represented at the meeting by House Spe...
Strauss-Kahn countersues NYC hotel maid for $1M
2012-05-15 17:42:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn is suing the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her, saying she seriously damaged his reputation with what he calls a bogus allegation.
The former International Monetary Fund leader a...
John Edwards' eldest daughter to take the stand
2012-05-15 17:18:57 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The eldest daughter of John Edwards is set to take the stand in her father's defense.
Cate Edwards is a 30-year-old lawyer who has sat behind the former presidential contender nearly every day of his corruption trial, no...
Clock ticking with new plan to fight Alzheimer's
2012-05-15 17:47:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declared Alzheimer's one of the country's biggest health challenges on Tuesday, adopting a national strategy that sets the clock ticking toward better treatments by 2025 — along with help for suffering fa...
Chief accuser takes stand in Clemens trial
2012-05-14 16:56:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens' chief accuser has taken the stand in the former pitcher's perjury trial.
Brian McNamee has said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens is accused of lying to C...
Obama seeks to undercut Romney's record on jobs
2012-05-14 19:03:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting Mitt Romney as a greedy, job-killing corporate titan with little concern for the working class in a new, multipronged effort that seeks to undermine the central rationale for his Republican rival...