US is heaping new pressure on Russia over Syria
2012-06-01 20:21:07 UTC
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The U.S. is heaping new pressure on Russia to change course and support international action in Syria, warning that intransigence by Moscow may lead to open civil war that could spill across the Middle East with devastating effects.
Speaking on Russia's doorstep in D...
Obama says economy will 'come back stronger'
2012-06-02 07:17:36 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday the latest employment report shows that the economy is not creating jobs "as fast as we want," but he pledged that the economy will improve.
"We will come back stronger. We do have better days ahead," Obama said at a Golden Valley, Minn., H...
Jobless rate now a leading political indicator
2012-06-01 17:53:51 UTC
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — May's discouraging unemployment numbers present President Barack Obama with a sobering reminder that an uneven recovery from the recession can be a fragile argument for his re-election, deepening his anxiety over the political and economic threat posed by the European ...
Police think Canada body parts suspect is overseas
2012-05-31 20:35:00 UTC
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian porn actor suspected of mailing body parts to the headquarters of two major political parties after making a video of the killing might have fled North America, police said Thursday.
Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said authorities believe Luka Rocco Magn...
Bedouins free 2 US tourists abducted in Egypt
2012-05-31 20:08:13 UTC
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Two American tourists abducted by Bedouins in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were released unharmed Thursday following negotiations between local tribesmen and the kidnappers, a security official said.
Security officials said the Bedouins snatched the two men early Thursday as ...
Thousands expected for tsunami drill in Ore. town
2012-05-31 19:42:30 UTC
COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of people in three Oregon coastal communities are holding their first tsunami evacuation drill, stirred to action by the 2011 tsunami that devastated coastal towns in Japan.
Coos Bay Fire Chief Stan Gibson said the vivid TV images of last year's tsunami in Japan...
Defining a Palestinian refugee a US complication
2012-05-31 18:32:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A simple congressional request for the United States to distinguish between Palestinians displaced by the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict and millions of their descendants poses a high-stakes diplomatic and political challenge for President Barack Obama.
The State Department disli...
SD court upholds conviction in 1975 AIM slaying
2012-05-31 18:18:20 UTC
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Canadian man's murder conviction and life sentence in the 1975 slaying of a fellow American Indian Movement activist, ruling that the state had jurisdiction to prosecute him.
John Graham was convicted in December 2010 of t...
Defense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme Court
2012-06-01 03:28:55 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.
In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of th...
House to vote on sex-selection abortion ban
2012-05-31 17:57:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House faced a vote Thursday on legislation to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, putting Congress squarely in the middle of partisan jockeying for the women's vote in the fall elections.
"It is violence against women," said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., of abortions...
Ind. man shoots 4, 1 fatally, before shooting self
2012-05-31 09:06:11 UTC
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A gunman opened fire at an Indianapolis apartment complex Wednesday, fatally shooting a woman and wounding three other people before turning the gun on himself as officers confronted him, police said.
The woman who died in the Villa Paree's leasing office was an employee of...
Colleges' bank deals saddle students with big fees
2012-05-30 17:52:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A public interest group says as many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to access students' financial aid money.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Higher Education Fund says in a report published Wednesda...
Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US
2012-05-30 07:40:21 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.
Romney clinches GOP nomination with Texas win
2012-05-30 06:40:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary, a triumph of endurance for a candidate who came up short four years ago and had to fight hard this year as voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals.
According to The Assoc...
AP Exclusive: Calif. 9/11 fund raided for deficits
2012-05-30 06:36:26 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget."
Part of the...
ACLU lawsuit to challenge Ill. gay marriage ban
2012-05-30 06:28:57 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples in Illinois plan to file lawsuits Wednesday arguing that it's unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry, a move advocates hope will lead to legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois.
The two lawsuits — backed by the ...
Author's son seeks Malcolm X letter at Syracuse
2012-05-30 06:23:51 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about his shifting views on race relations, claiming his family is the rightful owner.
Malcolm X wrote to Alex Haley, his collaborator for "The Autobiogr...
US remains opposed to military action in Syria
2012-05-29 19:49:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it remains opposed to military action in Syria, reasoning that would only lead to more carnage.
Spokesman Jay Carney says the Obama administration will continue offering non-lethal assistance to the Syrian people. Following a gruesome weekend massacre in ...
US expels top Syrian diplomat to protest massacre
2012-05-29 18:49:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is expelling Syria's most senior envoy in Washington, joining a host of other governments in kicking out Syrian diplomats to protest last week's gruesome massacre in which entire families, including children, were shot execution-style in their homes.
Va. girl is youngest ever in National Spelling Bee
2012-05-29 03:42:57 UTC
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee was running around in a stream with a friend, hunting for rocks. Suddenly, she came charging up the bank and headed straight for her mother.
"Hold on to that basalt," Lori Anne Madison said in a bossy 6-year-o...
Despite downgrade, Beryl still soaks Memorial Day
2012-05-29 03:35:19 UTC
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Joyce Connolly and her daughters left their home in Hurricane, W.Va., to head south for a Memorial Day beach vacation — and ended up in the center of Tropical Storm Beryl.
While it left little damage after sweeping ashore with 70 mph winds around midnight Sunday at Jackson...
Obama says Vietnam veterans too often 'denigrated'
2012-05-29 03:44:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, pointing to Vietnam veterans as an under-appreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes who remained true to their nation despite an unwelcome homecoming.
"You were someti...
Crowds gather for Golden Gate Bridge celebration
2012-05-28 01:12:18 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crowds gathered along San Francisco's waterfront Sunday, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tug boats and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Tens of thousands of people were expected to flock to the ar...
McCain: Don't count on Russia to force out Assad
2012-05-27 23:34:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. can't count on Russia — a major arms supplier to Syria — to force President Bashar Assad from power, Sen. John McCain said Sunday, blaming President Barack Obama for embracing a "feckless" foreign policy and punting tough decisions until after the fall election.
Labor board member accused of leaks resigns
2012-05-27 23:17:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the National Labor Relations Board accused of leaking inside information has resigned, the agency announced Sunday.
Terence Flynn had been under pressure to leave since March, when the board's inspector general found that Flynn committed ethics violations by impro...