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  • Judge rejects effort to open CIA volume on Cuba
    China_increased_tariffs_by_up_to_25_percent_on_128_us_products 2012-05-11 13:59:12 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a final volume of the CIA's three-decade-old history on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba can remain shrouded in secrecy because it is a draft, not a finished product. The CIA characterized the volume in court papers as "a polemic of recri...

  • Biden proves catalyst for Obama on gay marriage
    Obama_calls_out_the_far-right_trump's_gop 2012-05-11 13:53:24 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, Mr. President. After nearly single-handedly pushing gay marriage to the forefront of the presidential campaign and inadvertently pressuring President Barack Obama to declare his support for same-sex unions, there was only one thing left for Vice President Joe Biden to ...

  • Cheaper gas drives US wholesale price index lower
    120412_ppi_hmed_0603p.photoblog500 2012-05-11 13:21:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A big decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of U.S. wholesale prices lower in April. But outside that drop, inflation was tame. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.2 p...

  • Prosecution rests in John Edwards trial
    _kg1wyh 2012-05-10 19:41:33 UTC
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against John Edwards on Thursday after calling to the witness stand some of his closest friends and advisers, many of whom gave dramatic, often unflattering testimony about the former presidential candidate whose once-promising political caree...

  • Civil rights lawsuit filed against Ariz. sheriff
    Untitled 2012-05-10 19:29:37 UTC
    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sued America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday, a rare step for the agency after months of negotiations failed to reach a settlement over allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols. Federal...

  • House OKs social programs cuts to aid Pentagon
    Congress_20110311110719_320_240 2012-05-10 19:22:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House Thursday passed legislation to replace a looming 10 percent cut to the military budget with cuts to domestic programs like food stamps and health care. The partisan 218-199 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it's a dead letter with Democratic...

  • Romney counters notion he bullied gay classmates
    Young-old-romney-cropped-proto-custom_28 2012-05-10 19:14:52 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney apologized Thursday to classmates he may have offended by "hijinks and pranks during high school" and insisted he didn't know that some were gay. The Republican presidential candidate issued the apology during a hastily arranged radio interview after The Washingto...

  • Obama making cultural waves, or just a ripple?
    Obama_time_to_shift_attention_from_wars_to_home 2012-05-10 18:15:55 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — He gave no speech, issued no call to action. He spoke of changing alongside the nation's people, not of leading them into uncharted territory. He made sure to say what so many so passionately believe — that states should decide such issues on their own. The first black presid...

  • Obama not worried about being upstaged by Biden
    Obama-_john_lewis_is_a_founding_father_of_a_better_america 2012-05-10 20:16:31 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'd already decided to come out for gay marriage before Vice President Joe Biden publicly endorsed it. Obama tells ABC in an interview that he wasn't worried about being upstaged by his vice president on the volatile social issue. At one point,...

  • NC vote shows gay marriage still divisive
    Untitled 2012-05-09 17:52:41 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faced mounting pressure Wednesday to express support for same-sex marriage after a setback for gay-rights advocates in North Carolina. Republicans there turned out in force Tuesday night to vote to strengthen the state's gay marriage ban. The passage of...

  • 3-state sweep moves Romney closer to nomination
    Getty_p_011012_romneyclap 2012-05-09 17:47:16 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won most of the delegates in a three-state primary sweep, leaving him a little more than 200 delegates shy of the number needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president. He could get there by the end of the month. Romney w...

  • Wis. recall is rematch of 2010 governor's race
    Untitled 2012-05-09 15:30:00 UTC
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The candidates may be the same, but Wisconsin isn't. In the tumultuous 18 months since Republican Scott Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in the 2010 governor's race, Wisconsin has been rocked with massive protests over workers' rights, recall elections over a contentio...

  • House panel considers higher 2013 defense budget
    Untitled 2012-05-09 15:21:30 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Armed Services Committee pressed ahead Wednesday with a version of the 2013 defense budget that adds billions to President Barack Obama's proposed budget and rejects the administration's call for military base closings. The committee convened to go through details o...

  • Penn St. ex-coach wants sex-abuse trial postponed
    Filerf5vpe 2012-05-09 15:04:39 UTC
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Wednesday asked for a delay in the former Penn State assistant football coach's child sex-abuse trial, saying he needed more time to prepare and that he was still waiting for disclosure of prosecution material. Defense attorney Joe Amendola arg...

  • Postal Service: Will keep rural post offices open
    Plpostofficejpg-d56a86c9b37caf38 2012-05-09 15:01:13 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggling U.S. Postal Service is trying to tamp down concern over its wide-scale cuts, saying it will seek to keep hundreds of rural post offices open with shorter hours. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe tells a news conference the new plan will save the mail agency ha...

  • FBI, police hunt kidnap-slaying suspect, 2 girls
    Be266570438c46c3ac09a153303639a0-e9293ccaf4cf4aba88f4707c76a424a8-2 2012-05-09 14:56:24 UTC
    GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) — Heavily armed FBI agents and authorities from Mississippi and Tennessee were searching woods and back roads for what they said was a dangerous man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter and fleeing with her two younger girls. Authorities released ...

  • Cattle prices jump as ranchers begins rebuilding
    Untitled 2012-05-09 15:07:51 UTC
    FRANKSTON, Texas (AP) — A cow runs circles in a small pen, her baby close by her side. Ranchers, their brows wrinkled, scribble in a glossy catalog while high on a podium the auctioneer slams his gavel, taking bids as the price of the pair rises rapidly. The high-profile auction at the Neches ...

  • Lugar loss has lessons for Republicans, Democrats
    Untitled 2012-05-09 06:45:35 UTC
    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Veteran Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in the Indiana GOP primary provides warnings for President Barack Obama and his Democrats as well as Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans six months before the November election. In one state at least, anti-incumbent sentiment is coursing...

  • Primaries reflect conservative enthusiasm for 2012
    E1ec4b44-571f-40c1-a608-d3f9580a508e 2012-05-09 06:37:23 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of conservative enthusiasm, a tea-party backed Republican vanquished six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in a GOP primary and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state's gay marriage ban. Republican Mitt Romney, who long has been viewed ...

  • Romney inches closer to magic number of delegates
    Romney 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
    California_and_more_than_20_states_decline_voter_information_to_trump 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
    Afghan_war_costing_u.s._forty-five_billion_dollars_per_year 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
    Untitled 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
    Untitled 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
    Obama_on_harris_as_vp--_now_let's_go_win_this_thing 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...