US raises hope of sale of new fighters to Taiwan
2012-04-28 04:33:50 UTC
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The administration of President Barack Obama is raising the possibility that it could sell new jet fighter aircraft to Taiwan to help redress the island's air power deficit with China.
If the move goes through, it would infuriate Beijing, which claims the democratic islan...
Space shuttle arrives in NYC; crowds watch in awe
2012-04-28 04:28:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In a city understandably wary of low-flying aircraft, New Yorkers and tourists alike watched with joy and excitement Friday as space shuttle Enterprise sailed over the skyline on its final flight before it becomes a museum piece.
Ten years after 9/11, people gathered on rooftop...
White House threatens to veto student loan bill
2012-04-27 16:08:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened a veto Friday of a Republican bill keeping the interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this summer, objecting that the measure would finance its $5.9 billion cost by abolishing a health care program.
The veto threat came as GOP leaders...
Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming
2012-04-27 16:03:24 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the victims of last year's epic tornado outbreak in Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming.
A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in Alabama and more elsewhere in the South, federal researchers are c...
Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets
2012-04-27 14:42:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.
President Barack Obama is signing a wide-ranging order on Friday that partial...
Judge considers adjusting Zimmerman's bond
2012-04-27 14:36:03 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to raise or revoke the bond for George Zimmerman after his lawyer told the judge a website raised $200,000 for the defense.
Mark O'Mara told the judge Friday that Zimmerman's family hadn't told him about the money before his client was given ...
Widow of civil rights activist wants him home
2012-04-27 07:34:16 UTC
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When civil rights activist Ray Robinson arrived at Wounded Knee in April 1973 to stand alongside Native Americans in their fight against social injustice, he excitedly called his wife back home in Alabama and told her, "This could be the spark that lights the prairie fire...
Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset
2012-04-27 06:31:53 UTC
The first-graders in Ohio Pack 109's Tiger Scouts didn't know or care their den mother was a lesbian — at least not until the Boy Scouts of America threw her out over the organization's ban on gays.
Now, parents who were aware of Jennifer Tyrrell's sexual orientation well before she took the b...
US to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
2012-04-27 06:20:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday.
The move is part of a broader arrangement designed to t...
Apple CEO Tim Cook emerges from Steve Jobs' shadow
2012-04-26 21:10:31 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook has long seen as the humorless and unemotional guy running the show from behind the scenes. But he is beginning to reveal a more assertive and eloquent side, hinting that he's learning to shoulder more of Steve Jobs' role as a front man and leader.
On a confe...
Senate OKs renewing Violence Against Women Act
2012-04-26 20:56:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to renew the government's main domestic violence program.
The 68-31 vote to renew and expand the Violence Against Women Act sends the matter to the House, which is writing its own version.
The 1994 law is designed to protect women and children ...
Exxon Mobil 1Q profit drops 11 percent
2012-04-26 20:50:29 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil struggled just about everywhere in the first quarter.
It produced less oil and natural gas. Profits dropped at its chemical plants and U.S. refineries. And its overall net income fell 11 percent, the first decline in quarterly earnings since late 2009.
House moves ahead with cybersecurity bill
2012-04-26 16:01:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing ahead with legislation to protect the nation's critical infrastructure and corporations from electronic attacks despite Obama administration objections that the legislation fails to protect Americans' civil liberties.
The House begins work Thursd...
Judge refuses to combine charges in WikiLeaks case
2012-04-26 15:54:21 UTC
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge rejected a defense motion Thursday to consolidate some of charges against an Army private accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history.
Col. Denise Lind was still considering a motion to dismiss the most serious charge against Pfc. B...
Biden calls Romney foreign policy backward-looking
2012-04-26 03:05:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is calling the foreign policy outlined by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shallow, ill-informed and dangerous and that it would return the United States to "the past we have worked so hard to move beyond."
President Barack Obam...
Senate Dems ready bill freezing student loan costs
2012-04-25 18:08:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing politics with his push to prevent interest rates on federal student loans from increasing in an election-year effort to embarrass Republicans, the Senate's GOP leader said Wednesday.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., aimed his re...
APNewsBreak: Burger King makes cage-free promise
2012-04-25 17:58:14 UTC
The movement by U.S. food corporations toward more humane treatment of animals experienced a whopper of a shift Wednesday when Burger King announced that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.
The decision by the world's second-biggest fast-food restaurant...
Boeing 1Q earnings, revenue rise on aircraft sales
2012-04-25 17:54:52 UTC
DALLAS (AP) — Airlines around the world are updating their fleets with new, more fuel-efficient planes, and that's good news for aircraft maker Boeing Co.
The Chicago company said Wednesday that first-quarter profit soared 58 percent, beating analysts' expectations, as its commercial airplane ...
Sprint loss widens on Nextel, iPhone lifts sales
2012-04-25 17:49:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The iPhone boosted struggling Sprint Nextel Corp. in the latest quarter, letting it beat AT&T and perhaps even Verizon in recruiting high-paying phone subscribers to the Sprint network.
Sprint started selling the iPhone in October, after AT&T and Verizon. To get it, it had to p...
Delta, US Airways see strong travel demand
2012-04-25 17:46:03 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rising fares haven't kept passengers away, judging by financial results at Delta Air Lines and US Airways.
Both airlines reported quarterly profits on Wednesday. They each said travel demand appears to be holding up, suggesting that planes will be full and fares will be high...
Caterpillar 1Q profit jumps 29 pct, boosts outlook
2012-04-25 17:42:37 UTC
Caterpillar's first-quarter profit jumped 29 percent and it boosted its outlook for the year as U.S. builders replaced old gear and global demand for mining equipment boomed.
The company generated $1.59 billion net income, or $2.37 per share, during the quarter. That's up from last year's $1.2...
US orders for long-lasting goods plunge in March
2012-04-25 17:37:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting factory goods fell by the largest amount in three years last month, mostly because demand for commercial aircraft plummeted. But companies also ordered less machinery and other equipment, a sign manufacturing output may slow.
Orders for durable goods d...
Apple's blowout quarter propels Nasdaq to big gain
2012-04-25 17:33:59 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Nasdaq composite index shot 2 percent higher Wednesday, powered by a surge in Apple. The iPhone maker's stock climbed more than $50 after the company once again blew past Wall Street's profit forecasts.
The technology-focused Nasdaq was headed for one of its best days this ...
Ex-Edwards aide talks about crumbling relationship
2012-04-25 17:18:45 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Young, once an aide and good friend to John Edwards, testified Wednesday that his relationship with the former presidential candidate began to crumble about the time Edwards dropped out of the 2008 race and his baby girl was born to his mistress.
Young, on the wi...
Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law
2012-04-25 15:59:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears ready to allow Arizona to enforce a state law provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.
The justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are not buying the Obama admi...