French candidate goes from wishy-washy to wow
2012-05-04 05:15:34 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man likened to custard pudding who played second fiddle to Segolene Royal, his Socialist party's candidate and the mother of his four kids.
Now he's the party's candidate, and on the brink of an impro...
US uses bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida
2012-05-03 19:58:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege — and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of his global jihad's glory days.
The documents, ...
US says it's still trying to help Chinese activist
2012-05-03 07:37:49 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they are still trying to help a blind Chinese activist who says he fears for his family's safety, and denied he was pressured to leave the American Embassy to resettle inside China.
The diplomatic dispute between Washington and Beijing over Chen Guan...
13 charged in hazing death of FAMU band member
2012-05-02 19:01:11 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor says most of the 13 people charged in the death of Florida A&M university drum major will face a felony hazing charge.
The prosecutor announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday. State Attorney Lawson Lamar says 11 of the 13 people charged will face t...
France fetes Joan of Arc's 600th birthday
2012-05-01 20:17:28 UTC
ORLEANS, France (AP) — The normally tranquil city of Orleans is buzzing with festivities over the next two weeks to mark the 600th birthday of one of France's best cultural exports: Joan of Arc.
On Tuesday, like in a Hollywood epic, the Loire River swarmed with wooden boats filled with locals ...
Human rights showdown awaits Clinton in Beijin
2012-05-01 19:13:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headed Tuesday to Beijing, where a tense human rights showdown awaits over the fate of a blind Chinese lawyer said to be under U.S. protection after escaping from house arrest.
The issue of Chen Guangcheng's future threatens to oversh...
Parents cheer autism-friendly 'Mary Poppins'
2012-05-01 19:21:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The afternoon performance of "Mary Poppins" was marked by loud yips, shouts and moans — and that was just fine.
It was the second autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show, and for many families with a child who suffers from the disorder, it turned out to be a practically ...
World Trade Center is back on top in NYC
2012-04-30 19:52:17 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Workers have raised a steel column to the top of the building that's been called the Freedom Tower to make it New York City's tallest skyscraper.
One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks.
It reached just over 1,250 fe...
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...
Israel says inclusion on UN list 'absurd'
2012-04-30 15:28:01 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Foreign Ministry has criticized a U.N. statement that places the country on a list of nations it says are moving to further restrict advocacy and rights groups.
Spokesman Yigal Palmor on Monday called Israel's inclusion on the list "absurd."
The office of the U.N. ...
US special forces help in hunt for warlord Kony
2012-04-30 05:06:21 UTC
BO, Central African Republic (AP) — Deep in the jungle, this small, remote Central African village is farther from the coast than any point on the continent. It's also where three international armies have zeroed in on Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted warlords.
Obo was the first pla...
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 ...
Gadhafi funding claim weighs on French campaign
2012-04-29 19:10:50 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday fiercely denied that he was offered campaign funding from late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as new challenges piled up against him a week ahead of the country's presidential runoff.
Sarkozy also rebuffed leftist critics who compared his...
UK's Cameron: No pact with Murdoch over takeover
2012-04-29 18:43:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Sunday that he wooed Rupert Murdoch as he attempted to win power in Britain, but insisted he never struck a tit-for-tat deal to support the media mogul's business dealings in return for favorable coverage.
Ties between Cameron's governmen...
UK Olympic doping ban declared illegal
2012-04-29 18:37:14 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's last attempt to keep former doping offenders off its Olympic teams has failed, with sports' top court declaring the country's lifetime bans for drug cheats unlawful.
A person familiar with the ruling said Sunday the Court of Arbitration for Sport has backed the World An...
Israeli ex-intel chief slams PM's Iran stance
2012-04-28 23:31:34 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — The former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency has accused the country's political leaders of exaggerating the effectiveness of a possible military attack on Iran, in a striking indication of Israel's turmoil over how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program.
Tear gas used as 25,000 rally for Malaysia reforms
2012-04-28 16:33:24 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police unleashed tear gas and chemical-laced water Saturday at thousands of demonstrators who staged one of Malaysia's largest street rallies in years, demanding fair rules for national elections expected soon.
Malaysian police said in a statement that 222 people ...
Study: Ancient migrants spread farming in Europe
2012-04-28 05:03:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of years ago, farming spread across Europe and replaced the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of early inhabitants. Now a study of ancient DNA says that trend was driven by farmers moving from place to place.
Scientists have long debated how farming expanded across Europe. Di...
US officials: Core al-Qaida 'essentially gone'
2012-04-28 04:20:54 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks is essentially gone but its affiliates remain a threat to America, U.S. counterterrorist officials say.
Core al-Qaida's new leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, still aspires ...
Spain crisis deepens with jobless rise, downgrade
2012-04-27 16:13:33 UTC
MADRID (AP) — The hole in Spain's economy is getting deeper.
The government reported Friday that unemployment rose to 24.4 percent in the first quarter — compared with 22.9 percent in the fourth quarter — and that more than half of Spaniards under 25 are now without jobs. The bleak employment ...
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...
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...
Mexican president discusses immigration in Texas
2012-04-26 03:19:58 UTC
HOUSTON (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon said during a speech Wednesday evening that while he respects U.S. laws designed to control illegal immigration, he's against statutes like Arizona's controversial law that he believes unfairly go after immigrants.
"I want to be very clear. We a...
Looking for a few good boomers to help others
2012-04-25 06:27:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Local charities and nonprofits are looking for a few good baby boomers — well, lots of them, actually — to roll up their sleeves to help local schools, soup kitchens and others in need.
Boomers are attractive volunteers, and it's not just the sheer strength of their numbers —...
US 'very concerned' by Sudan-South Sudan violence
2012-04-24 19:42:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is "very concerned" about violence between Sudan and South Sudan.
She is urging both countries to halt fighting, withdraw their troops from border areas and resume peace talks.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said Tuesd...