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  • Mass. teen guilty in texting-while-driving crash
    Untitled 2012-06-06 23:04:57 UTC
    HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager was sentenced Wednesday to spend a year in jail for a fatal traffic accident that happened while he was texting. Aaron Deveau of Haverhill was sentenced to 2 ½ years behind bars with a year to serve and the remainder suspended for the February 2...

  • Obama: Voters wonder if he can rebuild economy
    2012-06-06t193534z_1366391954_gm1e8670a9a01_rtrmadp_3_obama.grid-6x3 2012-06-06 22:56:07 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama is conceding that people around the country are wondering if he can keep his promise to build an economy designed for the long-term. But he is blasting opponents as having nothing more than finger-pointing as a platform. Obama is launching a two-day ...

  • White House sees 'heightened urgency' in Europe
    Jay-carney-1200 2012-06-06 00:40:27 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it sees a "heightened sense of urgency" among European leaders as they confront fiscal and banking crises that threaten the U.S. economy and President Barack Obama's re-election. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that Obama welcomes what he ca...

  • AP: 1940 NY census records now searchable by name
    Untitled 2012-06-06 00:16:46 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are in for a cyber-surprise on Wednesday: They'll be able to plug family names into an online 1940 U.S. census and come up with details about the lives of New Yorkers — from Joe DiMaggio and Jacqueline Kennedy to their own relatives. Starting after midnight, it will n...

  • Miss. man executed for killing 4 nieces, nephews
    5807514_600x338 2012-06-06 00:01:57 UTC
    PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man convicted of killing four young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage was executed Tuesday, despite pleas from his two sisters to spare the brother who killed their children. Henry "Curtis" Jackson Jr. was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. CDT Tuesda...

  • Panetta to encourage India for larger role in war
    539w 2012-06-05 18:05:13 UTC
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is urging leaders of India to play a more robust role in Afghanistan, as U.S. tensions with Pakistan, India's arch-rival, continue to churn. India has not been a major military player in the war, largely focusing on economic development and recon...

  • CA gay marriage ban headed to US Supreme Court
    Marriage_2131749b 2012-06-05 17:57:23 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a landmark appellate court ruling that struck down the law as unconstitutional. Alliance Defense Fund lawyer Brian Raum said Tuesday that Proposition 8's backers "absolutely" wo...

  • Clinton to China, Russia: Syria needs change
    Untitled 2012-06-05 17:51:12 UTC
    BATUMI, Georgia (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is inviting China and Russia to "be part of the solution in Syria" but says that must include a political transition from the Assad regime. Clinton says the transition "has to be the main focus of our diplomacy." She says violenc...

  • Senate GOP blocks Democrats' equal pay bill
    Untitled 2012-06-05 19:10:29 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace. As expected, the vote Tuesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. President Obama and his Democratic allies argue that the legislation is needed to protect people who t...

  • Obama a socialist? Many scoff, but claim persists
    Untitled 2012-06-05 02:50:32 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — When President Barack Obama's re-election campaign unveiled its new slogan, some conservative critics were quick to pounce. "Forward," they asserted, is a word long associated with Europe's radical left. Its choice reaffirmed their contention that Obama is, to some degree or ot...

  • First lady applauds NYC plan to ban sugary drinks
    Soda_4tp4t 2012-06-05 19:15:21 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level but she applauded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday for proposing to do just that at city eateries. It was a telling example of the fine li...

  • US official: Al-Qaida No. 2 killed by US drone
    Untitled 2012-06-05 18:11:51 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says a drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal region has killed al-Qaida's second-in-command. The death of Abu Yahya al-Libi is a significant blow to the terror network, which has lost a string of top leaders at the hands of the American drone program. ...

  • New Obama ad targets Romney's record in Mass.
    Obama-via-afp 2012-06-04 16:58:45 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign says Mitt Romney's economic promises didn't pan out when he was governor of Massachusetts and "won't work now." In a new television advertisement released Monday, the campaign blames Romney for leaving Massachusetts in debt and among the lowe...

  • Clinton: Romney would be 'calamitous' for US
    Untitled 2012-06-05 02:38:58 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton warned Monday that a Mitt Romney presidency would be "calamitous" for the nation and the world, going further than even President Barack Obama in depicting the consequences of a return to Republican rule of the White House. With Obama standing thou...

  • Panetta wants more US access to Vietnam harbor
    Untitled 2012-06-03 16:46:08 UTC
    CAM RANH BAY, VIETNAM (AP) — From the flight deck of the USNS Richard E. Byrd, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta could look out across Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay towards the South China Sea. A day after laying out details of the Pentagon's new focus on the Asia-Pacific region, Panetta used a vis...

  • Lugar: Syrian rebels need safe zones in Turkey
    Untitled 2012-06-03 16:25:48 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. should work with Turkey to establish safe zones for retreating Syrian rebels. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana says the so-called safe zones would be on Turkish territory and guarded by Turks to allow...

  • Attorney: Zimmerman back in Fla. for surrender
    Mark-o-mara-george-zimmerman-s-new-lawyer.img 2012-06-03 15:57:29 UTC
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman has returned to Florida and will turn himself in to authorities by Sunday's deadline after a judge revoked his bond in the Trayvon Martin case, an attorney said. Attorney Mark O'Mara announced Zimmerman's return on his website Sunday, saying Zimmerman arri...

  • Obama to Congress: Act now on bills to aid economy
    Untitled 2012-06-03 06:49:59 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants Congress to act on bills he says will accelerate the economy. He says the country has responsibilities that are "bigger than an election." In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Congress could pass legislation to help states prevent ...

  • Record NM blaze will test forest management
    Untitled 2012-06-03 06:13:06 UTC
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wall of smoke advances across a vast swath of rugged country in southwestern New Mexico where the nation's wilderness movement was born nearly a century ago. From the air, the smoke stretches as far as the eye can see. On the ground, firefighters talk about the steep...

  • Panetta arrives at former US base in Vietnam
    Untitled 2012-06-03 05:12:58 UTC
    CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived at a former U.S. air and naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, becoming the most senior American official to go there since the war ended. Panetta says he hopes to encourage efforts with Vietnam to locate and identify ...

  • Q&A: Hard times for Obama from economic recovery
    Untitled 2012-06-02 18:25:15 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing upsets a president's re-election groove like ugly economic numbers. A spring slowdown in hiring and a rise in the unemployment rate are weighing on President Barack Obama, while enhancing Republican challenger Mitt Romney's argument that the Democratic incumbent is in...

  • Zimmerman credibility may be issue in Martin case
    Untitled 2012-06-02 18:17:17 UTC
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The credibility of Trayvon Martin's shooter could be an issue at trial after a judge said that George Zimmerman and his wife lied to the court about their finances to obtain a bond, legal experts say. That's because the case hinges on jurors believing his account of what h...

  • 1,200 firefighters battle record New Mexico blaze
    Western_wildfires_pata 2012-06-02 18:04:29 UTC
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The more than 1,200 firefighters who are battling the nation's largest wildfire in rugged mountains and canyons of southwestern New Mexico were racing Saturday to build lines to corral the massive blaze before more threatening winds and dry conditions developed. The fi...

  • Panetta: No China threat from US military in Asia
    539w 2012-06-02 17:57:54 UTC
    SINGAPORE (AP) — From this island nation in the South China Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sent a message Saturday that America's new military focus on the Asia-Pacific is not intended to raise tensions in the region or threaten Beijing. The Pentagon chief appeared to offer an olive ...

  • Experts: Okla., not Texas, had hottest summer ever
    Untitled 2012-06-02 17:52:38 UTC
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma and Texas have argued for years about which has the best college football team, whose oil fields produce better crude, even where the state border should run. But in a hot, sticky dispute that no one wants to win, Oklahoma just reclaimed its crown. After recalculat...