Calif. FBI agent missing, possibly armed, suicidal
2012-05-13 19:10:31 UTC
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in Southern California have launched a massive search in rugged mountain terrain for a missing FBI agent who was said to be despondent and possibly suicidal.
About 100 FBI agents, 40 sheriff's department rescuers and a dozen local police officers...
John Edwards' mistress led a tabloid-grade life
2012-05-14 03:25:28 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Rielle Hunter's life had a lurid, supermarket-tabloid quality to it — full of deception, betrayal, reckless behavior and broken dreams — well before she became a party to one of the biggest lies in recent American political history.
Her father had her beloved show horse...
Boston U student recovering after NZ crash kills 3
2012-05-14 03:28:11 UTC
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The parents of a Boston University student critically injured in a New Zealand minivan crash that killed three of her schoolmates have flown to the country to be by her side at a hospital.
Meg Theriault, 21, was in intensive care Monday. Four other students suffe...
California facing higher $16 billion shortfall
2012-05-12 23:15:25 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's budget deficit has swelled to a projected $16 billion — much larger than had been predicted just months ago — and will force severe cuts to schools and public safety if voters fail to approve tax increases in November, Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday.
Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman: Engagement Party!
2012-05-12 16:09:39 UTC
Drew Barrymore and fiance Will Kopelman hold hands as they head to their engagement party on Friday (May 11) in New York City.
The 37-year-old pregnant actress is kicking her wedding planning into high gear – she tried on veils this afternoon at a bridal shop!
Drew and Will are reported...
Many blacks shrug off Obama's new view on gays
2012-05-12 16:05:54 UTC
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Like many black Americans, Dorsey Jackson does not believe in gay marriage, but he wasn't disillusioned when Barack Obama became the first president to support it. The windows of his suburban Philadelphia barbershop still display an "Obama 2012" placard and another that reads ...
GOP: Economy tops gay marriage as campaign issue
2012-05-13 18:55:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama delighted his liberal base by coming down on the side of gay marriage, but he cheered the opposition, too.
Republican activists now want to use Obama's stance on the issue — public opinion is about evenly split — to paint the president as a flip-flopper...
Obama asks Congress to act on 'to-do' list
2012-05-12 15:58:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama is asking Democrats and Republicans to act on his "to-do list" for Congress, a five-point plan he says would create jobs and help restore middle-class security.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said Saturday that all the initiatives have biparti...
Obama wants Congress to help homeowners
2012-05-11 19:52:08 UTC
RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to help homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure, taking his economic pitch to hard-hit Nevada.
Obama wants Congress to make it easier for struggling homeowners to refinance, pointing to a proposal that would lower lending rates for m...
Obama heads to struggling Nev. after fundraising
2012-05-11 14:14:53 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning his attention back to the economy after a day spent raising millions of dollars for his campaign and riding a media wave on his newly declared support for same-sex marriage.
Obama was to promote housing policies to help homeowners avoid fore...
Judge refuses to dismiss John Edwards charges
2012-05-11 20:01:16 UTC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge refused to throw out campaign corruption charges against John Edwards on Friday, meaning the former presidential hopeful will have to present his case to a jury.
Lawyers for Edwards argued before U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles that prosecutor...
Kidnap-slaying suspect kills himself; 2 girls OK
2012-05-11 14:05:17 UTC
GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — A man wanted by the FBI for killing a mother and daughter and kidnapping two other girls shot himself to death as officers closed in, but the two children were rescued without injuries and released from a hospital Friday.
Authorities who tracked Adam Mayes to a wooded are...
Judge rejects effort to open CIA volume on Cuba
2012-05-11 13:59:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a final volume of the CIA's three-decade-old history on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba can remain shrouded in secrecy because it is a draft, not a finished product.
The CIA characterized the volume in court papers as "a polemic of recri...
Biden proves catalyst for Obama on gay marriage
2012-05-11 13:53:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, Mr. President.
After nearly single-handedly pushing gay marriage to the forefront of the presidential campaign and inadvertently pressuring President Barack Obama to declare his support for same-sex unions, there was only one thing left for Vice President Joe Biden to ...
Cheaper gas drives US wholesale price index lower
2012-05-11 13:21:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A big decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of U.S. wholesale prices lower in April. But outside that drop, inflation was tame.
The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.2 p...
Prosecution rests in John Edwards trial
2012-05-10 19:41:33 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against John Edwards on Thursday after calling to the witness stand some of his closest friends and advisers, many of whom gave dramatic, often unflattering testimony about the former presidential candidate whose once-promising political caree...
Civil rights lawsuit filed against Ariz. sheriff
2012-05-10 19:29:37 UTC
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sued America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday, a rare step for the agency after months of negotiations failed to reach a settlement over allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols.
House OKs social programs cuts to aid Pentagon
2012-05-10 19:22:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House Thursday passed legislation to replace a looming 10 percent cut to the military budget with cuts to domestic programs like food stamps and health care.
The partisan 218-199 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it's a dead letter with Democratic...
Romney counters notion he bullied gay classmates
2012-05-10 19:14:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney apologized Thursday to classmates he may have offended by "hijinks and pranks during high school" and insisted he didn't know that some were gay.
The Republican presidential candidate issued the apology during a hastily arranged radio interview after The Washingto...
Obama making cultural waves, or just a ripple?
2012-05-10 18:15:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — He gave no speech, issued no call to action. He spoke of changing alongside the nation's people, not of leading them into uncharted territory. He made sure to say what so many so passionately believe — that states should decide such issues on their own.
The first black presid...
Obama not worried about being upstaged by Biden
2012-05-10 20:16:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'd already decided to come out for gay marriage before Vice President Joe Biden publicly endorsed it.
Obama tells ABC in an interview that he wasn't worried about being upstaged by his vice president on the volatile social issue.
At one point,...
NC vote shows gay marriage still divisive
2012-05-09 17:52:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faced mounting pressure Wednesday to express support for same-sex marriage after a setback for gay-rights advocates in North Carolina.
Republicans there turned out in force Tuesday night to vote to strengthen the state's gay marriage ban. The passage of...
3-state sweep moves Romney closer to nomination
2012-05-09 17:47:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won most of the delegates in a three-state primary sweep, leaving him a little more than 200 delegates shy of the number needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president.
He could get there by the end of the month.
Wis. recall is rematch of 2010 governor's race
2012-05-09 15:30:00 UTC
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The candidates may be the same, but Wisconsin isn't.
In the tumultuous 18 months since Republican Scott Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in the 2010 governor's race, Wisconsin has been rocked with massive protests over workers' rights, recall elections over a contentio...
House panel considers higher 2013 defense budget
2012-05-09 15:21:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Armed Services Committee pressed ahead Wednesday with a version of the 2013 defense budget that adds billions to President Barack Obama's proposed budget and rejects the administration's call for military base closings.
The committee convened to go through details o...