Romney inches closer to magic number of delegates
2012-05-09 06:31:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney added to his big lead in the race for convention delegates Tuesday by sweeping Republican presidential primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia, inching closer to the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination.
Effect of NC gay marriage amendment unclear
2012-05-09 15:28:48 UTC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, but not much is expected to change immediately.
That's because North Carolina law already banned gay marriage. The amendment voters passed Tues...
AP-GfK Poll: Support for Afghan war at new low
2012-05-09 06:19:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK...
GOP blocks Senate debate on Dem student loan bill
2012-05-08 18:45:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Tuesday keeping interest rates on federal college loans from doubling July 1 in an election-year battle aimed at the hearts — and votes — of millions of students and their parents.
Republicans said they favor preventing the int...
Redistricting leads to ugly GOP vs. GOP races
2012-05-08 18:33:39 UTC
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Community and business leaders in affluent Seminole County talked about the promise of jobs and economic development from the new 61-mile commuter rail through Orlando. They praised the man who pushed hard for the $1.3 billion project and many others: Republican Rep. John M...
Obama's 'to do' list for Congress: jobs, mortgages
2012-05-08 18:40:51 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that only Congress can take the "bold action" needed to spur job creation, as he unfurled an election year "to do" list for lawmakers.
Obama's action plan for Congress centers on a series of economic initiatives he has already been pushin...
Romney: Obama shouldn't be tried for treason
2012-05-07 20:18:00 UTC
CLEVELAND (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney says he doesn't think President Barack Obama should be tried for treason.
Obama's likely Republican opponent told reporters after a campaign rally Monday in Cleveland that "no, of course" the president should not be tried for such an offense.
Federal agent says Clemens wasn't targeted
2012-05-07 18:18:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agent Jeff Novitzky testified Monday that Roger Clemens was not a target when Novitzky began questioning Clemens' former strength coach, Brian McNamee, about performance-enhancing drugs.
Meanwhile behind the scenes Clemens' lawyers sought to strike the testimony of fo...
Fed court reverses order for VA system overhaul
2012-05-07 18:03:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court is reversing its demand that the Veterans Affairs Department dramatically overhaul its mental health care system.
A special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that any such overhaul needs to be ordered by Congress or...
Cities seek more money from tax-exempt colleges
2012-05-07 17:29:04 UTC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Wary of tax increases, weary of layoffs and determined to avoid bankruptcy, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras had only to gaze up at his city's Ivy League campus to see a way out of the morass.
On College Hill sits Brown University, with a $2.5 billion endowment and proper...
US stocks under pressure after European elections
2012-05-07 15:49:25 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are under pressure after angry voters in Greece and France rejected painful budget cuts demanded by international lenders.
Investors are uncertain over how the results will affect Europe's plans to rein in spending and keep the euro zone's debt crisis from worsening...
Clinton presses India to cut oil imports from Iran
2012-05-07 07:35:43 UTC
KOLKATA, India (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged energy-starved India on Monday to reduce its Iranian oil imports to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic to come clean about its nuclear program.
Clinton told a town hall meeting in the eastern city of Kolkata that ...
Gingrich: Romney has earned the GOP nomination
2012-05-07 07:04:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House candidate Newt Gingrich says Mitt Romney has "earned the right to represent the Republican Party" against President Barack Obama and that he'll help Romney's campaign in any way he can.
Gingrich says Romney has "fought his way to the nomination" and that "n...
George Lindsey, known as TV's Goober Pyle, dies
2012-05-07 06:46:53 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who made a TV career as a grinning service station attendant named Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died. He was 83.
The Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness.
New video of US aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan
2012-05-07 18:30:13 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped nine months ago in Pakistan said in a video released by al-Qaida that he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. The White House called for his immediate release.
The video posted on milit...
Clinton hopes to see female US president
2012-05-07 05:57:27 UTC
KOLKATA, India (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she has no desire to make another run for the White House but hopes to see an American woman president in her lifetime.
Politely turning aside questions about her political intentions at a town hall event in Kolka...
Obama calls new French President-elect Hollande
2012-05-07 00:19:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has called France's new president-elect to congratulate him on winning Sunday's election.
The White House says Obama told Francois Hollande that he looks forward to working with him on a range of shared economic and security challenges.
US hikers who were held in Iran marry in Calif.
2012-05-07 00:09:45 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two Americans who were detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago have been married in Northern California, a family friend said Sunday.
Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were married at 4 p.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location, San ...
Long fight predicted in Guantanamo Sept. 11 case
2012-05-06 20:16:06 UTC
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The U.S. has finally started the prosecution of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but the trial won't be starting anytime soon, and both sides said Sunday that the case could continue for years.
Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine GOP
2012-05-06 20:05:24 UTC
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — With Mitt Romney's nomination all but decided, Ron Paul supporters wrested control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention, party officials said as the two-day convention neared its end S...
Biden OK with equal rights for married gay couples
2012-05-06 19:58:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says he's "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples, a stand that gay rights advocates interpreted as an endorsement of same-sex marriage.
But the White House and President ...
Clinton warns against undermining Grameen Bank
2012-05-06 06:20:11 UTC
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged the government of Bangladesh not to do anything that could undermine the effectiveness of the internationally acclaimed Grameen Bank micro-lender.
Clinton told a town hall audience in the Bangladeshi capita...
2 hikers held in Iran to marry in SF Bay area
2012-05-06 01:18:09 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two Americans detained and accused of spying after hiking near the Iraq-Iran border three years ago will marry Saturday in the San Francisco Bay area.
A private wedding ceremony for Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd was set for 4 p.m. at an undisclosed location, said San Franci...
9/11 defendants ignore judge at Guantanamo hearing
2012-05-06 01:10:31 UTC
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — They knelt in prayer, ignored the judge and wouldn't listen to Arabic translations as they confronted nearly 3,000 counts of murder. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants defiantly disrupted an arraignment that dragged...
Obama: Time to shift attention from wars to home
2012-05-05 19:23:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his goal of defeating al-Qaida is within reach and that it's time to turn the country's attention to domestic concerns.
Just four days after his trip to Afghanistan, Obama said that money saved from ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should help p...