Americans' remain confident in April
2012-04-24 16:17:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' confidence in the economy held steady in April from the previous month despite rising gas prices and falling home values, says a private research group.
The Conference Board says its Consumer Confidence Index now stan...
Police chief in Martin case remains under scrutiny
2012-04-24 16:15:14 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — While George Zimmerman is free on bail, the police chief criticized for not charging him after Trayvon Martin's slaying remains under scrutiny, as city commissioners want to wait for the results of a federal investigation to d...
Californians to vote on abolishing death penalty
2012-04-24 07:30:32 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November...
US-Afghan security pact sends warning to al-Qaida
2012-04-24 07:24:54 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new strategic partnership that commits the U.S. to defend Afghanistan militarily for 10 years after most foreign forces leave in 2014 is intended to signal that the U.S. will not tolerate a resurgent al-Qaida or attacks...
Romney backs student loan proposal Obama supports
2012-04-24 07:21:55 UTC
ASTON, Pa. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday embraced a student loan proposal that President Barack Obama is selling on the campaign trail and refused to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio's conservative immigration plan aimed a...
Ben Affleck: Children Mending Hearts Benefit!
2012-04-24 07:21:36 UTC
Ben Affleck lends his support at the Children Mending Hearts Spring Benefit on Sunday (April 22) in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
At the event, the 39-year-old actor and director enjoyed the music by the DJ of the night: Tom Cruise‘s son ...
Now out of jail, George Zimmerman fades from sight
2012-04-24 07:12:47 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killi...
US lessons in Afghanistan can aid Colombian troops
2012-04-24 07:07:03 UTC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta got a glimpse into how America's military's experience in Afghanistan is contributing to the U.S. counterinsurgency training in Colombia.
While the two conflicts are no perfect match, U.S. ...
Ted Nugent set for court date in illegal kill case
2012-04-24 07:04:13 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed.
The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a p...
Picking jury without a Clemens bias was a cinch
2012-04-24 07:00:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a city that went 33 years without a major league baseball team, picking a jury without bias toward — or even much awareness of — Roger Clemens proved to be a cinch.
But between other delays and a swirl of complicated argume...
Prosecutors open with Hudson at murder trial
2012-04-24 06:55:41 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — The trial of the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's family opened with the marquee witness, as prosecutors put the award-winning actress and singer on the stand Monday for sometimes-tearful testimony that may well leave a last...
12th military member tied to prostitution scandal
2012-04-24 06:40:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service prostitution scandal grew Monday to include a 12th member of the U.S. military as the Pentagon suspended the security clearances of all the military personnel who have been implicated. The Secret Service has al...
Twins born after mom stays on respirator for month
2012-04-24 06:32:07 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Vance Terrell offered encouraging words to his pregnant sister during visits to a western Michigan hospital. It didn't matter that she couldn't see or hear him, and would never hold her twin sons.
Christine Bolden, 26, was alread...
Dangerous booby traps found on popular Utah trail
2012-04-24 06:24:34 UTC
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A deadly booby trap rigged along a popular Utah trail could have killed someone if they had tripped a ground wire set up to send a 20-pound, spiked boulder swinging into an unsuspecting hiker, authorities said Monday.
Ex-Edwards aide takes stand against former boss
2012-04-24 06:14:15 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Young was once much more than an aide to John Edwards.
The linchpin of the government's criminal case against the ex-presidential candidate spent long hours driving to and from political events with the rising Dem...
Washington delicate about Secret Service scandal
2012-04-24 06:10:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The widening Secret Service prostitution scandal has touched off a delicate dance in Washington.
People are loath to criticize an agency whose employees are trained to take a bullet for the people they protect. Members of Cong...
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster
2012-04-23 22:09:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program.
The trust funds th...
Officials to vote on Sanford chief's resignation
2012-04-23 18:25:44 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Sanford city commission will vote to approve the resignation of the police chief harshly criticized for his handling of the Trayvon Martin case.
The commissioners said in a news release Monday that they would vote at a ...
Panetta dismisses Iran's claims about drone
2012-04-23 18:03:14 UTC
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed Tehran's claims that it has recovered data from a U.S. spy drone that went down in Iran late last year.
Without providing details, Panetta said that "base...
Egypt denies 8 US nonprofits license to operate
2012-04-23 17:27:52 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says the government has denied permission to eight U.S.-based nonprofit groups to operate locally, including an election monitoring group headed by former American President Jimmy Carter.
The Social Affairs Min...
Christian college to resume classes after attack
2012-04-23 17:20:46 UTC
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Some students and staff members have arrived to resume class at a small California Christian college where seven people were shot to death earlier this month.
Oikos University officials said one English-as-a-second-langua...
April nor'easter dumps rain, snow on East Coast
2012-04-23 17:13:46 UTC
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A nor'easter packing high winds, soaking rain and springtime snow churned up the Northeast on Monday, unleashing a burst of winter, closing some schools and sparking worries about power outages in communities that were basking...
Sen. Rubio: Let vice presidential process play out
2012-04-22 15:41:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has heard all the talk about joining a ticket with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Rubio says that until now, the talk about picking a running mate has been theoretical. But now tha...
FBI source: Alaska rep. spent campaign cash freely
2012-04-22 15:30:24 UTC
Documents released by the FBI show that a source told investigators that an Alaska congressman and his late wife spent campaign money on hunting trips and flights and wrote checks to themselves over years of allegedly profligate spending on his co...
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch forced into primary fight
2012-04-22 15:22:28 UTC
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Utah Republicans denied U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch a clear path to a seventh and final term Saturday, forcing the 78-year-old lawmaker into a June primary with 37-year-old former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. Hatch fell short of the ou...