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  • Special election in Ariz. to replace Giffords
    Untitled 2012-06-12 07:28:47 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are hoping that late campaign appearances by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will help push her hand-picked successor to victory in a special congressional election in Arizona. Republicans, trying to make the southern Arizona House race a referendum on President Bara...

  • 'Escape from Alcatraz' gets anniversary attention
    Untitled 2012-06-12 07:16:58 UTC
    ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) — For 20th century crime buffs, few capers match the intrigue and ingenuity of the "Escape from Alcatraz," the 1962 prison break three inmates pulled off with stolen spoons, dummy heads and a raincoat raft. For Marie Widner and Mearl Taylor, the fabled flight from ...

  • Romney: Overturning health care law 'right thing'
    Romney 2012-06-11 23:54:03 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — Mitt Romney says he hopes the Supreme Court does "the right thing" and strikes down President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee tells donors at a fundraising reception in Atlanta that the health care law hurts small businesses a...

  • New Mexico, Colorado fires burn out of control
    C24cb1a74b3fbb4d597df3874f84356c_588_588 2012-06-11 23:52:15 UTC
    Forest Service hires more air tankers for fires BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says it is adding more aircraft to its aerial firefighting fleet to help battle wildfires in the West. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Monday the service is contracting one air tanker from th...

  • Romney keeps secrets _ unless law says he can't
    Untitled 2012-06-11 19:45:29 UTC
    BOSTON (AP) — Keeping his secrets, Mitt Romney tends to lift the veil on his finances and campaign only if the law says he must. The Republican presidential candidate refuses to identify his biggest donors who "bundle" money for his campaign. He often declines to say who's meeting with him or ...

  • US clears India, 6 others from Iran sanctions
    Untitled 2012-06-11 19:12:05 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has cleared India, South Korea and five other governments from U.S. sanctions after they significantly reduced their imports of Iranian oil. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also said Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan won't...

  • Gang member accused in Calif. attack that killed 4
    Untitled 2012-06-11 19:05:17 UTC
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A paroled gang member is the suspect in a late-night weekend assault that left four people dead in a Sacramento home, including the gunman, police said Monday. The suspected shooter is 26-year-old Xue Lor, said Officer Michele Gigante, a Sacramento police spokeswoman....

  • Ex-UK PM Brown: Murdoch lied under oath to inquiry
    Untitled 2012-06-11 18:47:11 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown lambasted Rupert Murdoch before Britain's media ethics inquiry on Monday, claiming the media mogul had lied under oath to the inquiry and saying that a Murdoch tabloid had undermined the British war effort in Afghanistan. In an often bitter atta...

  • Commerce secretary Bryson taking leave of absence
    Untitled 2012-06-12 07:04:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests after suffering a seizure connected to two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area over the weekend. Bryson informed President Barack Obama on Monday that he was taking a medical leave "so ...

  • Commerce: Bryson suffered seizure
    Untitled 2012-06-11 16:05:08 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area that left him injured and unconscious, the government said Monday. The Commerce Department said Bryson was taken to the hospital for examination and remained ove...

  • FACT CHECK: Looming tax hike not the biggest ever
    Untitled 2012-06-11 08:26:38 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are calling it "Taxmageddon," the big tax increase awaiting nearly every American family at the end of the year, when a long list of tax cuts are scheduled to expire unless Congress acts. It would be, GOP leaders in Congress say again and again, "the largest tax i...

  • Record rainfall inundates central Gulf coast
    Record-rainfall 2012-06-10 04:42:07 UTC
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Record amounts of rain have dropped on the central Gulf coast, causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone. The National Weather Service says 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola on Saturday, coming close to the city's all-time record ...

  • Cost to lunch with Warren Buffett: $3.5 million
    Untitled 2012-06-10 03:32:03 UTC
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The cost to dine with investor Warren Buffett has apparently spiked in value, with one deep-pocketed bidder forking over nearly $3.5 million during a charity auction. The annual auction for a private lunch with the Nebraska billionaire closed following a flurry of activity i...

  • Obama pushes Congress to help states hire teachers
    Untitled 2012-06-10 03:16:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants Congress to help states rehire teachers and act on a key part of last year's jobs bill. He says the last thing the U.S. needs is to have fewer teachers in our schools. Obama says in his radio and Internet address Saturday that many states have bee...

  • US gen apologizes for Afghan deaths in airstrike
    628x471 2012-06-08 19:12:05 UTC
    PATROL BASE PUL-I-ALAM, Afghanistan (AP) — The top commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan offered a somber apology on Friday in an eastern province where officials say 18 civilians — half of them children — were killed in a coalition airstrike this week. U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen s...

  • Wife contradicts Clemens' chief accuser on HGH
    Diaal 2012-06-08 18:50:00 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Debbie Clemens testified Friday that her husband was not present when she received a shot of human growth hormone from Roger Clemens' strength coach — testimony that contradicts the star pitcher's chief accuser in the perjury trial. But on cross-examination by the prosecution...

  • Obama: Congress, Europe must stem economic crisis
    Diaal 2012-06-08 18:41:18 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy at risk, President Barack Obama accused Republicans on Friday of pursuing policies that would weaken the U.S. recovery. He simultaneously urged Europe's leaders to prevent an overseas debt crisis from dragging down the rest of the world. At a White House news conf...

  • Frustrated liberals want more from Obama
    Untitled 2012-06-08 04:02:34 UTC
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — They are trying to be hopeful, but the Democratic Party's most passionate voters are struggling to hide their frustration with President Barack Obama. Republicans attack the president as a big-government liberal. Many liberals meeting Thursday at Netroots Nation — it de...

  • Top Lawmakers declare war on intelligence leaks
    745-1kuhi8.aust.55 2012-06-08 03:47:26 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees said Thursday they were drafting legislation to further limit who can access highly classified information and possibly impose new penalties for revealing it. The head of the House intelligence committee said he will inv...

  • Reputed mobster, diamond thief sentenced to prison
    Art-rachel-bobby-pullia-jerry-scalise 2012-06-07 21:29:59 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed Chicago mobster who gained notoriety three decades ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewelry store was sentenced to prison in another case Thursday, telling the judge he got involved in more robberies because he was bored. Arthur "The Brai...

  • US consumer cut back on credit card use in April
    Untitled 2012-06-07 20:22:06 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back sharply on their credit card purchases in April, a sign that some may be worried about the slowdown in hiring. The Federal Reserve said Thursday that consumers increased borrowing by $6.5 billion in April, just half of the March gain. The gain was driven...

  • Cruel June for Obama, Dems _ and could get worse
    Untitled 2012-06-07 19:20:31 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one week old, June already is proving a cruel month for President Barack Obama and the Democrats — and it could get a lot worse. The political blows from Tuesday's bitter loss in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall and from last week's abysmal unemployment numbers, bad as t...

  • Romney plans to use federal blind trust if elected
    Untitled 2012-06-07 19:13:50 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney disclosed a fortune worth as much as $250 million, his campaign said Wednesday that he plans to put his holdings in a federal blind trust if he is elected president. A Romney campaign official said there have been lon...

  • AdWatch: Obama ad prods Congress on jobs plan
    -1 2012-06-07 19:09:16 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — TITLE: "Jobs." LENGTH: 30 seconds. AIRING: In Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and national cable. KEY IMAGES: President Barack Obama speaking, interspersed with shots of workers in agriculture, construction an...

  • THE RACE: Obama, Romney busy laying groundwork
    Untitled 2012-06-07 19:02:15 UTC
    Publishable Editors Notes: EDITOR'S NOTE_ With 152 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics Both presidential candidates are tending to essentials at this stage in their campaigns. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are cris...