Once an Obama coup, Indiana less a battleground
2012-05-18 19:10:31 UTC
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to win Indiana in the 2008 presidential race. A repeat coup seems doubtful this year.
Even Democrats see the current political environment in this conservative-leaning state as far more challenging. The economy is still struggli...
THE RACE: Obama, Romney working to stay on message
2012-05-18 18:37:15 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ With 172 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are being buffeted by crosswinds as Obama fights to keep his job and Romney works to wres...
Obama and Hollande tackle eurozone crisis
2012-05-18 17:26:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the G-8 economic summit will target both management of the European debt crisis and a "strong growth agenda."
Obama spoke in the Oval Office following his first meeting with new French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND'). Obama says...
Nurses' pre-NATO rally expected to draw thousands
2012-05-18 15:20:29 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of nurses and other protesters planned to rally at a downtown Chicago plaza Friday ahead of a two-day NATO summit and as a prelude to a much larger demonstration expected this weekend.
Meanwhile, many office buildings in the usually bustling city were closed after work...
Slow push to list breach sites among federal icons
2012-05-17 20:54:45 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sites where levee failures led to the catastrophic flooding after Hurricane Katrina would join Civil War battlefields and Mount Rushmore on a federal list of the nation's historic icons if an activist has her way, but legal foot-dragging by the agency that many blame for the fl...
US, Pakistan to reach 'conclusion' on supply route
2012-05-17 20:49:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. and Pakistan have decided to "reach a conclusion" to their standoff over Pakistan's blockade of a key supply route.
But National Security Adviser Tom Donilon says it's unclear whether a deal can be reached before this weekend's NATO summit in Chi...
Census shows whites lose US majority among babies
2012-05-17 20:34:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing.
New 2011 census estimates highlight a historic shift underway in the nation's racial makeup. They mark a tra...
US envoy to Israel: US ready to strike Iran
2012-05-17 19:59:03 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran.
Dan Shapiro's message resonated Thursday far beyond the closed forum in which i...
Closing arguments in John Edwards corruption trial
2012-05-17 18:34:07 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor used John Edwards' own stump speech against him in closing arguments at his corruption trial Thursday, saying the presidential candidate violated campaign finance laws meant to protect "the two Americas" in order to cover up a lurid sex scandal.
Edwards is ...
Obama's home-turf summits will test his leverage
2012-05-17 18:12:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On his home turf, President Barack Obama will find his leverage tested at two summits beginning Friday.
Europe's economic mess remains its own problem to fix even as it threatens the U.S. recovery and Obama's re-election bid.
And the world is hardly brimming with cash and ...
Biden attacks Romney tenure as venture capitalist
2012-05-17 01:58:55 UTC
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning in Democratic territory with high unemployment, went after Republican Mitt Romney's business background Wednesday and cast him as a corporate raider more interested in profits than people.
Biden said the former businessman favors po...
GI killed in Cambodia clash awarded Medal of Honor
2012-05-16 22:36:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leslie Sabo's Vietnam War ended in the flash of his own grenade, hurled at an enemy bunker in Cambodia to save surrounded comrades. Forty years later — and a dozen years after the long-lost paperwork turned up in military archives — he was honored by President Obama on Wednesday...
House OKs GOP's anti-violence against women bill
2012-05-16 22:24:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed Republican legislation to renew an anti-domestic violence law.
Wednesday's vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for five years followed an emotional debate over whether the House GOP bill would better protect women from violence and sexual a...
RFK Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary, found dead in NY
2012-05-17 02:18:45 UTC
BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, who had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead at the family property Wednesday.
An autopsy for the 52-year-old was scheduled for Thursday, and no cause of death had been released.
In a statement...
Obama calls on Congress to help small businesses
2012-05-16 21:57:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner dug in Wednesday on their already hardened positions on tax increases versus spending cuts as the outlines of another dire debt ceiling showdown emerged.
Following a bipartisan meeting at the White House, neither side sugg...
George W. Bush offers tepid endorsement of Romney
2012-05-16 04:07:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush is backing presumptive Republican White House nominee Mitt Romney.
The former president offered a four-word endorsement of Romney as the doors of his elevator were closing after a speech Tuesday in Washington.
Bush said: "I'm for Mitt Romney."
ABC News ca...
Romney wins Nebraska, Oregon primaries
2012-05-16 04:05:27 UTC
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Mitt Romney is adding two more victories to his win column.
Nebraska and Oregon Republicans, as expected, have made clear their preference for the GOP nomination by choosing Romney in Tuesday's presidential primaries.
In Nebraska, the vote amounts to a beauty contest. The...
US says blind China activist's visa is ready
2012-05-15 18:24:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says U.S. visas for Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng (chehn gwahng-chung) and his family are ready for them to travel to America once Beijing gives the green light.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday the visa processing was completed more than a we...
Obama, bipartisan leaders to meet at White House
2012-05-15 18:21:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House Wednesday to discuss economic proposals Obama wants Congress to act on this year.
Republicans will be represented at the meeting by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch...
Strauss-Kahn countersues NYC hotel maid for $1M
2012-05-15 17:42:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn is suing the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her, saying she seriously damaged his reputation with what he calls a bogus allegation.
The former International Monetary Fund leader and French presidential hopeful struck back at maid...
John Edwards' eldest daughter to take the stand
2012-05-15 17:18:57 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The eldest daughter of John Edwards is set to take the stand in her father's defense.
Cate Edwards is a 30-year-old lawyer who has sat behind the former presidential contender nearly every day of his corruption trial, now in its fourth week. She's expected to testify Tu...
Clock ticking with new plan to fight Alzheimer's
2012-05-15 17:47:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declared Alzheimer's one of the country's biggest health challenges on Tuesday, adopting a national strategy that sets the clock ticking toward better treatments by 2025 — along with help for suffering families today.
"What we know is a lot more needs...
Chief accuser takes stand in Clemens trial
2012-05-14 16:56:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens' chief accuser has taken the stand in the former pitcher's perjury trial.
Brian McNamee has said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Clemens is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using those drugs.
Obama seeks to undercut Romney's record on jobs
2012-05-14 19:03:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting Mitt Romney as a greedy, job-killing corporate titan with little concern for the working class in a new, multipronged effort that seeks to undermine the central rationale for his Republican rival's candidacy: his business credentials.
At the ...
Rescued girl tells sister: 'Now we can go home'
2012-05-13 19:05:03 UTC
GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — Days of searching for two young girls and the kidnapper who killed their mother and sister led to the kind of terrain that favors the hunted — high hardwoods and deep ravines near a red-brick church perched on a hill.
Specially trained officers had come up empty-handed fo...