Serena says diet change to support Venus not hard
2012-04-28 23:15:11 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says altering her diet in support of big sister Venus hasn't been much of a hardship.
Serena said she's cut down on eating chicken and fish and is eating more raw foods like Venus, who adopted the change to help her body cope with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmu...
Romney urges young people to take economic risks
2012-04-28 23:11:41 UTC
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney on Friday encouraged young Americans facing bleak job prospects to "take risks" — and even borrow money from their parents — to help improve their economic fortunes.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee noted that the nation's economy is recoveri...
Surge in child immigrants stresses support network
2012-04-28 22:05:45 UTC
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their families has sent government and nonprofit agencies scrambling to expand their shelter, legal representation and reunification services. On an...
Man booked in hammer deaths of Vegas mom, child
2012-04-28 21:35:15 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Using a hammer as a weapon, a "complete stranger" with no significant criminal history allegedly attacked a family in their Las Vegas home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled and aghast.
Bryan Clay, 22, was arrested Friday ...
1 year later, Ala residents recall deadly twisters
2012-04-28 21:30:02 UTC
People across Alabama are remembering the horror of a deadly twister outbreak a year ago that left more than 250 people dead. Memorials have been held in the college town of Tuscaloosa and smaller communities still struggling to rebuild since April 27, 2011. Empty lots and debris still remain in ...
Moderate earthquake shakes Southern California
2012-04-28 21:23:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some Southern Californians were shaken out of bed Saturday morning by a small earthquake that rattled homes across the Inland Empire region and caused buildings to sway in downtown Los Angeles.
The magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey said ...
Police blow Wash. mountain bunker, find man dead
2012-04-28 23:21:32 UTC
NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Peter Keller spent eight years carving his hole in the side of the mountain, camouflaging the rugged underground bunker with ferns and sticks and stocking it with a generator and ammunition boxes sealed in Ziploc bags. Suspected in the deaths of his wife, daughter and pet...
Fla. boy struck by SUV, killed at softball game
2012-04-28 21:11:39 UTC
TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The wife of the police chief in a central Florida community accidentally ran over a family friend's 22-month-old son in a parking lot, authorities said.
Pamela Bodenheimer, 51, was backing up from a parking spot Friday night at Titusville High School when she drove over...
Chaperones among new Secret Service conduct rules
2012-04-28 21:05:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerat...
Judge wants to know more about Zimmerman finances
2012-04-28 16:23:39 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Calling it an "oversight," George Zimmerman's attorney said Friday the neighborhood watch volunteer did not disclose that a website had raised more than $200,000 for his defense, even though his family told the judge they would have trouble coming up with his bond.
Obama flashing executive power in election year
2012-04-28 16:15:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, flashing his executive power in an election year, is promoting measures to safeguard veterans and members of the military against unscrupulous college recruiters.
In his Internet and radio address Saturday, Obama reiterated a series of measures he anno...
Ohio man's fossil find in Kentucky stumps experts
2012-04-28 05:23:10 UTC
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Experts are trying to figure out what a fossil dubbed "Godzillus" used to be.
The 150-pound fossil recovered last year in northern Kentucky is more than 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. To the untrained eye, it looks like a bunch of rocks or a concrete blob. Experts are trying ...
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...