Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment
2012-04-30 19:11:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.
Tech exec gets 22 years prison for $30M fraud
2012-04-30 19:02:22 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former high-tech executive convicted of defrauding investors of at least $30 million on Monday was given one of the harshest sentences meted out in a white-collar criminal case.
A federal judge in San Francisco sentenced Samuel "Mouli" Cohen to 22 years in prison. Judge ...
AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks
2012-04-30 18:51:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.
The coalition routinely reports attacks in which a coalition soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But it...
Activists on trial for arrests during NYPD protest
2012-04-30 19:24:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty activists who converged on a police station to protest a controversial police technique went on trial Monday in a case that they hoped would highlight their cause but prosecutors called a simple matter of breaking the law.
The demonstrators, who include ministers, local ...
Aide's wife: John Edwards knew about money
2012-04-30 18:25:29 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards testified Monday the former presidential candidate told her over the phone that it was legal to take money from a wealthy donor to take care of Edwards' mistress.
Testifying at Edwards' campaign corruption trial, Cheri Young said s...
Romney says he would have ordered bin Laden killed
2012-04-30 18:10:26 UTC
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says "of course" he would have ordered Osama bin Laden killed.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has raised questions about Romney's willingness to assassinate the former terrorist leader and mastermind...
Invisible man dominates US-China talks
2012-04-30 18:05:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The blind Chinese lawyer at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing is a mostly taboo topic in each capital. Neither side wants the biggest human-rights issue between the two since Tiananmen Square to disrupt high-level strategic and economic talks set to...
Obama's new campaign slogan: 'Forward'
2012-04-30 15:23:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new campaign slogan: "Forward."
Obama's re-election team unveiled its new motto in a video released Monday morning. The seven-minute video begins by recalling the grim state of the nation's economy when Obama took office, then ticks through what t...
Obama, Clintons deepen political and policy ties
2012-04-30 19:22:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership. Both sides have a strong incentive in making the alliance work, especially in an election year.
For Obama, Bi...
USA reckons dialogue with Russia allowed for Iran sanctions
2012-04-30 04:31:08 UTC
Dialogue with Russia has allowed the USA to effectively oppose the threat from Iran's nuclear programme, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said in a TV interview. Gibbs' announcement came as a response to Mitt Romney's criticism aimed at Moscow, the ITAR -TASS reports.
Earlier Romney called ...
Romney, Secret Service, GOP: Obama mocks them all
2012-04-30 02:05:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama scattered the barbs during the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner as he poked fun at White House races past and present, the Secret Service and Donald Trump.
Even the entrance to his speech Saturday night was part of his schtick. The ...
Obama aide mum on whether US protecting activist
2012-04-29 17:40:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an "appropriate balance" between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on its potential involvement in harboring a Chinese act...
Obama releases $147M in aid to Palestinian
2012-04-29 02:04:22 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — American aid officials said Saturday they will restore development programs for Palestinians after President Barack Obama ended a six-month funding freeze that shut down the local Sesame Street and other projects.
An official with the U.S. Agency for International Development ...
1 dead after storm blows down St. Louis beer tent
2012-04-29 01:14:48 UTC
ST. LOUIS (AP) — High winds swept through a beer tent where 200 people gathered after a Cardinals game Saturday, killing one and critically injuring at least five others, authorities said. But the owner of the bar said it was lightning — not wind — that killed the patron.
At least 17 were hosp...
Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric
2012-04-28 23:52:33 UTC
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand.
Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more events highlighting his appeal as a regular guy.
Nugent says he's insulted by concert cancellation
2012-04-28 23:24:22 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ted Nugent said he was insulted by the cancellation of his planned concert at an Army post over his comments about President Barack Obama.
Commanders at the Fort Knox, Ky., post nixed Nugent's segment of a June concert after the rocker and conservative activist said at a rec...
Serena says diet change to support Venus not hard
2012-04-28 23:15:11 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says altering her diet in support of big sister Venus hasn't been much of a hardship.
Serena said she's cut down on eating chicken and fish and is eating more raw foods like Venus, who adopted the change to help her body cope with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmu...
Romney urges young people to take economic risks
2012-04-28 23:11:41 UTC
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney on Friday encouraged young Americans facing bleak job prospects to "take risks" — and even borrow money from their parents — to help improve their economic fortunes.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee noted that the nation's economy is recoveri...
Surge in child immigrants stresses support network
2012-04-28 22:05:45 UTC
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their families has sent government and nonprofit agencies scrambling to expand their shelter, legal representation and reunification services. On an...
Man booked in hammer deaths of Vegas mom, child
2012-04-28 21:35:15 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Using a hammer as a weapon, a "complete stranger" with no significant criminal history allegedly attacked a family in their Las Vegas home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled and aghast.
Bryan Clay, 22, was arrested Friday ...
1 year later, Ala residents recall deadly twisters
2012-04-28 21:30:02 UTC
People across Alabama are remembering the horror of a deadly twister outbreak a year ago that left more than 250 people dead. Memorials have been held in the college town of Tuscaloosa and smaller communities still struggling to rebuild since April 27, 2011. Empty lots and debris still remain in ...
Moderate earthquake shakes Southern California
2012-04-28 21:23:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some Southern Californians were shaken out of bed Saturday morning by a small earthquake that rattled homes across the Inland Empire region and caused buildings to sway in downtown Los Angeles.
The magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey said ...
Police blow Wash. mountain bunker, find man dead
2012-04-28 23:21:32 UTC
NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Peter Keller spent eight years carving his hole in the side of the mountain, camouflaging the rugged underground bunker with ferns and sticks and stocking it with a generator and ammunition boxes sealed in Ziploc bags. Suspected in the deaths of his wife, daughter and pet...
Fla. boy struck by SUV, killed at softball game
2012-04-28 21:11:39 UTC
TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The wife of the police chief in a central Florida community accidentally ran over a family friend's 22-month-old son in a parking lot, authorities said.
Pamela Bodenheimer, 51, was backing up from a parking spot Friday night at Titusville High School when she drove over...
Chaperones among new Secret Service conduct rules
2012-04-28 21:05:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerat...