US consumer spending slowed in March, income rose
2012-04-30 20:11:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending more slowly in March, suggesting some are worried that their paychecks aren't growing fast enough.
The Commerce Department said Monday that consumer spending increased just 0.3 percent last m...
3rd fugitive sibling sentenced in Colorado
2012-04-30 20:03:44 UTC
WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) — The last of three siblings accused in a multistate crime spree was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison on charges related to their capture in Colorado.
Ryan Dougherty, 22, had faced up to 20 years after pleading guil...
World Trade Center is back on top in NYC
2012-04-30 19:52:17 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Workers have raised a steel column to the top of the building that's been called the Freedom Tower to make it New York City's tallest skyscraper.
One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the ...
AAA: Inadequate guardrails at NY site where 7 died
2012-05-01 00:22:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The section of highway where an accident sent seven members of a Bronx family flying over a guardrail and plummeting to their deaths has narrow lanes, steep hills, tight turns, inadequate guardrails and no breakdown lane, an auto s...
Capitol mystery: Will Secret Service head survive?
2012-04-30 19:37:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, could have retired from government nearly 10 years ago and avoided the scandals of the White House gate crashers and, more recently, the one involving a dozen agents, officers an...
Obama criticizes GOP in speech to union members
2012-04-30 19:30:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is rallying union workers by painting a bleak portrait of America's infrastructure. He blames Republicans for focusing on tax cutting rather than creating jobs by updating and rebuilding highways, railroads...
Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment
2012-04-30 19:11:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would...
Tech exec gets 22 years prison for $30M fraud
2012-04-30 19:02:22 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former high-tech executive convicted of defrauding investors of at least $30 million on Monday was given one of the harshest sentences meted out in a white-collar criminal case.
A federal judge in San Francisco sentenced ...
AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks
2012-04-30 18:51:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.
The coalition routinely reports attacks in which a coalition...
Activists on trial for arrests during NYPD protest
2012-04-30 19:24:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty activists who converged on a police station to protest a controversial police technique went on trial Monday in a case that they hoped would highlight their cause but prosecutors called a simple matter of breaking the law.
Aide's wife: John Edwards knew about money
2012-04-30 18:25:29 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards testified Monday the former presidential candidate told her over the phone that it was legal to take money from a wealthy donor to take care of Edwards' mistress.
Testifying at Edwa...
Romney says he would have ordered bin Laden killed
2012-04-30 18:10:26 UTC
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says "of course" he would have ordered Osama bin Laden killed.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has raised questions about Romney's willingness to assa...
Invisible man dominates US-China talks
2012-04-30 18:05:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The blind Chinese lawyer at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing is a mostly taboo topic in each capital. Neither side wants the biggest human-rights issue between the two since Tiananmen Square to disr...
Obama's new campaign slogan: 'Forward'
2012-04-30 15:23:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new campaign slogan: "Forward."
Obama's re-election team unveiled its new motto in a video released Monday morning. The seven-minute video begins by recalling the grim state of the nation's economy...
Obama, Clintons deepen political and policy ties
2012-04-30 19:22:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership. Both sides have a strong incentive in making the alliance work...
USA reckons dialogue with Russia allowed for Iran sanctions
2012-04-30 04:31:08 UTC
Dialogue with Russia has allowed the USA to effectively oppose the threat from Iran's nuclear programme, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said in a TV interview. Gibbs' announcement came as a response to Mitt Romney's criticism aimed at Moscow,...
Romney, Secret Service, GOP: Obama mocks them all
2012-04-30 02:05:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama scattered the barbs during the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner as he poked fun at White House races past and present, the Secret Service and Donald Trump.
Even the entrance to his s...
Obama aide mum on whether US protecting activist
2012-04-29 17:40:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an "appropriate balance" between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on it...
Obama releases $147M in aid to Palestinian
2012-04-29 02:04:22 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — American aid officials said Saturday they will restore development programs for Palestinians after President Barack Obama ended a six-month funding freeze that shut down the local Sesame Street and other projects.
An official w...
1 dead after storm blows down St. Louis beer tent
2012-04-29 01:14:48 UTC
ST. LOUIS (AP) — High winds swept through a beer tent where 200 people gathered after a Cardinals game Saturday, killing one and critically injuring at least five others, authorities said. But the owner of the bar said it was lightning — not wind ...
Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric
2012-04-28 23:52:33 UTC
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand.
Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more event...
Nugent says he's insulted by concert cancellation
2012-04-28 23:24:22 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ted Nugent said he was insulted by the cancellation of his planned concert at an Army post over his comments about President Barack Obama.
Commanders at the Fort Knox, Ky., post nixed Nugent's segment of a June concert after ...
Serena says diet change to support Venus not hard
2012-04-28 23:15:11 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says altering her diet in support of big sister Venus hasn't been much of a hardship.
Serena said she's cut down on eating chicken and fish and is eating more raw foods like Venus, who adopted the change to help ...
Romney urges young people to take economic risks
2012-04-28 23:11:41 UTC
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney on Friday encouraged young Americans facing bleak job prospects to "take risks" — and even borrow money from their parents — to help improve their economic fortunes.
The presumptive Republican presidential n...
Surge in child immigrants stresses support network
2012-04-28 22:05:45 UTC
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their families has sent government and nonprofit agencies scrambling to expand their shelter, lega...