Troubling signs for 6-term Republican senator
2012-05-02 17:49:16 UTC
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's allies have largely disappeared from the television airwaves just days before Tuesday's primary, a sign that even friends of the six-term Republican think he's in trouble and could lose to tea party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock.
Romney campaigns for small-business vote in VA
2012-05-02 17:44:51 UTC
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Kicking off his Virginia campaign, Republican Mitt Romney said Wednesday he'll do "the opposite" of what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy. His wife, Ann, chipped in by appealing to women voters in a key region of a state both candidates will fight over unt...
Gingrich to abandon presidential run on Wednesday
2012-05-02 17:39:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Newt Gingrich prepared to abandon his presidential bid, President Barack Obama saw it as an opportunity to swipe at Mitt Romney.
Obama's re-election campaign on Wednesday released an 80-second web video of clips from the Republican primaries in which Gingrich criticizes Ro...
Obama returns amid foreign, economic uncertainties
2012-05-02 17:33:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has returned to the uncertainty of election year politics after putting his foreign policy on display: A secret trip to Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin laden.
But a suicide bombing in Kabul shortly after his pre-dawn ...
Rare Cezanne watercolor fetches $19M at NY auction
2012-05-02 11:36:14 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A rare watercolor study by Paul Cezanne believed lost for nearly 60 years fetched over $19 million at a New York City auction on Tuesday.
Christie's auction house said "A Card Player" sold to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The price included the buyer's premium.
Cause unknown in fire that killed NY family
2012-05-02 08:03:12 UTC
CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — The fire that killed a police captain and most of his family was so intense that it burned their bodies beyond recognition, destroyed the family's suburban New York home and melted paint off cars.
Officials were still looking for a cause in Tuesday's early morning blaze at ...
Obama: US emerging from 'dark cloud of war'
2012-05-02 08:00:28 UTC
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. is emerging from more than a decade under the "dark cloud of war," with the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan ending and the war in Iraq now over.
In excerpts released ahead of a televised address Tuesday, Obama says the U...
In Kabul, Obama highlights foreign policy record
2012-05-02 07:54:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago.
The president's secret flight to Afghanistan — where he signed off o...
Obama sees 'new day' 1 year after bin Laden raid
2012-05-02 07:42:45 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see the light of a new day," he said on the anniversa...
Pettitte testifies uncomfortably in Clemens case
2012-05-02 07:39:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andy Pettitte looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on the witness stand in the Roger Clemens perjury trial.
During breaks Tuesday when the judge and lawyers haggled over legal procedures, Pettitte looked down or straight ahead, never in Clemens' direction. He rested his h...
NYC man convicted in thwarted subway bomb plot
2012-05-02 07:34:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide bombers.
A jury deliberated less than two days ...
Munch's 'The Scream' may fetch $80M at NYC auction
2012-05-02 07:30:36 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — could sell for $80 million or more when it is auctioned at Sotheby's on Wednesday.
The 1895 painting of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky has become a modern symbo...
US claims father illegally moved kids to Gaza
2012-05-02 07:26:27 UTC
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in the U.S. have accused a divorced Palestinian man of illegally moving his three children from their home in Kansas to his native Gaza earlier this year.
Their mother, Bethany Gonzales, says she wants her children back in the U.S., but she has limited politica...
Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
2012-05-01 20:15:43 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan Tuesday night on the anniversary of the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and signed an agreement cementing U.S. commitment to the nation after American combat troops leave.
Alongside Afghan President Hamid Karz...
Immigrant, labor, Occupy groups join for protests
2012-05-01 19:25:40 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations against major financial institutions.
In New York, police in riot gear lined the front of a Bank of America, fac...
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 ...
Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples
2012-05-01 17:56:16 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth.
The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic prescribed for her mother to fight addiction to po...
FBI: 5 men arrested, wanted to blow up Ohio bridge
2012-05-01 17:45:33 UTC
CLEVELAND (AP) — Five men, at least three of them anarchists, plotted to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, but there was no danger to the public because the explosives were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee, the agency said Tuesday in announcing the men's arrests.
Obama: Marking bin Laden death isn't 'celebration'
2012-05-01 03:37:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and his use of it to burnish his re-election credentials a year later, saying Monday that it is appropriate to mark an anniversary that Republicans charge is being turned into a ...
Mom, son die in accidents hours apart in Wisconsin
2012-05-01 03:23:56 UTC
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman and her adult son were killed in separate traffic crashes just hours apart in a Milwaukee suburb, police said Monday.
Mary J. Moore, 45, died after she was struck by a vehicle on a street in West Allis. A friend was speeding her son, Thomas M. Olson, 2...
Mobile app helps report unfair airport screeners
2012-04-30 21:06:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Sikh advocacy group launched a free mobile application Monday that allows travelers to complain immediately to the government if they feel they've been treated unfairly by airport screeners.
Launched at midnight by The Sikh Coalition, the FlyRights app had fielded two compl...
NYSE Euronext results falter on failed merger
2012-04-30 20:53:02 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The exchange operator NYSE Euronext said Monday that its first-quarter earnings tumbled 44 percent on weaker trading and its failed combination with Deutsche Boerse AG.
Its shares fell nearly 6 percent in afternoon trading.
CEO Duncan L. Niederauer said on a conference call ...
Hologic to buy Gen-Probe for about $3.72B
2012-04-30 20:45:15 UTC
Medical device maker Hologic Inc. has agreed to buy diagnostic test maker Gen-Probe Inc. for about $3.72 billion, expanding its portfolio in an area of medicine expected to see big growth.
Gen-Probe provides molecular diagnostics products and services, including several tests for sexually tran...
Delta Air buys Pa. refinery from Conoco
2012-04-30 20:37:31 UTC
Delta Air Lines Inc. says it will buy a refinery near Philadelphia as part of an unprecedented deal that it hopes will cut its jet fuel bill.
Delta is buying the Trainer, Pa. refinery from Phillips 66, a refining company being spun off from ConocoPhillips. Delta says a subsidiary will pay $150...