Franciscan files tell abuse story
2012-05-24 03:02:42 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Van Handel was a 15-year-old seminarian at St. Anthony's, a prestigious Franciscan boarding school, when, he said, a priest slipped into the infirmary where he was recovering from a fever and began to molest him. The priest told him it would help draw the fever out.
Details released on family found dead in Oregon
2012-05-24 02:57:15 UTC
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two little girls, not yet old enough for kindergarten, were shot to death. Their infant sister was found asphyxiated.
All were discovered in a burning house with their 26-year-old mother, also a victim of a gunshot wound.
Police on Wednesday began releasing details of wha...
GI says Muslim faith motive for Ft Hood bomb plot
2012-05-24 02:50:55 UTC
WACO, Texas (AP) — A Muslim U.S. soldier accused of planning to bomb Fort Hood troops says he wasn't seeking vengeance but justice for people in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a recording played at his federal trial Wednesday.
Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo is heard telling his mother during a...
Clinton: US hacked Yemeni al-Qaida sites
2012-05-24 01:21:24 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The State Department has launched a different sort of raid against al-Qaida — hacking into al-Qaida websites in Yemen.
In a rare public admission of the covert cyber war against extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. cyber experts based at the State ...
US sales of new homes rose 3.3 percent in April
2012-05-23 19:00:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more new homes last month, the latest evidence that the U.S. housing market could be starting to recover.
New-home sales increased 3.3 percent in April from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 343,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Sales r...
Romney: American kids get 'third-world education'
2012-05-23 18:03:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says American children are getting "a third-world education" because the system is failing them.
He also called education the "civil rights issue of our era," saying minority students suffer the most.
Speaking at the U.S. Chamb...
2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities
2012-05-22 19:20:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate.
The Census Bureau on Tuesday released an extensive assessment of its high-stakes, once-a-decade headcount of the U.S. ...
Old feud in Bush administration part of Ariz. race
2012-05-22 18:55:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Carmona arrived in Washington a political novice in 2002 and left four years later scarred and frustrated. He didn't go quietly.
A year after his term as the nation's 17th surgeon general, the one-time $500 campaign donor to President George W. Bush turned on the admi...
Obama's preference for talks with Iran faces test
2012-05-22 18:41:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's preferred path to end the Iranian nuclear standoff faces a stern test this week when world powers sit down with Iran in another bid to press it to meet international demands to prove it is not trying to develop nuclear weapons. Failure will strengthen ca...
Romney's playbook on Bain unclear as attacks grow
2012-05-22 18:28:18 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The core of his presidential candidacy under attack, Mitt Romney has yet to shape a playbook to defend a quarter-century in the business world that created great riches for him and great hardship, at times, for some American workers.
Romney and his aides have struggled to respo...
Obama to push clean energy technologies in Iowa
2012-05-22 17:52:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to the political battleground state of Iowa this week to prod Congress to act on his agenda.
The president will visit TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer in Newton, on Thursday to highlight his push for tax credits to encourage investments in...
Senate toughens Iran penalties over nuke program
2012-05-22 18:45:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Intent on weakening Iran economically, the Senate on Monday approved tough new penalties on the Tehran regime to thwart its nuclear ambitions.
By voice vote, the Senate backed the measure ahead of talks between leading nations and Iran in Baghdad on Wednesday. The bill would ...
6 missing after boat reported sunk in Gulf
2012-05-22 04:09:36 UTC
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An extensive daylong search by the U.S. Coast Guard turned up no sign of six people who had radioed that their fishing boat was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston.
Darkness prompted a halt Monday evening to the extensive, painstaking air and sea search. Plans w...
Obama on Afghan: Leave on time, no 'perfect' end
2012-05-22 00:38:38 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked in place an Afghanistan exit path Monday that will still keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years, acknowledging there never will be point at which they can say, "This is all done. This is perfect."
Obama to speak at Joplin high school graduation
2012-05-21 19:25:19 UTC
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama will speak at the commencement ceremony Monday for graduating seniors whose town was devastated by deadly tornadoes.
Obama's remarks in Joplin, Mo. fall on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people. Joplin High School wa...
Man testifies he saw Clemens at Canseco pool party
2012-05-21 18:05:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man testified Monday that he saw Roger Clemens at a 1998 Jose Canseco pool party that the former pitcher has denied attending, which is one of the false statements prosecutors allege Clemens made in his 2008 congressional deposition.
Prosecutors showed jurors a photo of the...
Obama to address Air Force Academy commencement
2012-05-21 17:59:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to deliver the commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy, his fourth service academy graduation speech in four years.
The president will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, just days after completing a NATO summit in Chicago ...
MS prison guard dies, others hurt in 'disturbance'
2012-05-21 03:45:09 UTC
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A guard at a southwest Mississippi prison died Sunday and several other employees were injured during a disturbance involving hundreds of inmates that continued into the evening, authorities and the prison's operator said.
Emily Ham, a spokeswoman for the Adams County She...
Europe faces difficult search for growth
2012-05-20 22:58:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On paper at least, European leaders agree: They need stronger growth measures to help their economies expand out of their 2½-year-old government debt crisis. Figuring out exactly what those new steps might be will be the hard part.
Under urging from U.S. President Barack Obam...
Echoes of Eurozone crisis at NATO meeting
2012-05-19 17:30:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NATO meeting in Chicago is a chance for alliance leaders to proclaim solidarity and promise success. But the two-day gathering that begins Sunday probably won't resolve the underlying anxiety about sharing the burdens of defense, a concern heightened by Europe's economic cri...
Mourners gather in NY for funeral of Mary Kennedy
2012-05-19 17:16:17 UTC
BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Mourners gathered Saturday at a modest stone church north of New York City for the funeral of Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The services, held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in the hamlet of Bedford, took place on a beautiful ...
Obama: G-8 leaders put focus on eurozone crisis
2012-05-19 16:51:06 UTC
CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — The United States and other members of the Group of Eight industrial nations agree that Europe's financial crisis must be addressed with a mix of growth and austerity measures, President Barack Obama said Saturday as leaders gathered for a shirt-sleeve discussion that also ...
4 people found dead after boat crash on Iowa river
2012-05-20 22:56:04 UTC
The bodies of four people missing after a boat crash on the Mississippi River in Iowa were found Sunday within 100 yards of the crash site, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. None was wearing a life vest.
DNR officer Paul Kay said three men and a woman, all believed to be i...
Mary Kennedy services planned amid apparent rift
2012-05-18 22:02:11 UTC
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The two sides of Mary Richardson Kennedy's grieving family faced off in court Friday, just hours before a planned wake for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife.
Details of the legal dispute were sealed by a judge, but it came as the Kennedy and Richardson families w...
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 40,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish men plan to pack Citi Fie...