Senate GOP blocks Democrats' equal pay bill
2012-06-05 19:10:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace.
As expected, the vote Tuesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. President Obama and his Democratic allies argue that the legislation is needed to protect people who t...
First lady applauds NYC plan to ban sugary drinks
2012-06-05 19:15:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level but she applauded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday for proposing to do just that at city eateries.
It was a telling example of the fine li...
Israel asks Arab visitors to open emails to search
2012-06-04 22:53:42 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — When Sandra Tamari arrived at Israel's international airport, she received an unusual request: A security agent pushed a computer screen in front of her, connected to Gmail and told her to "log in."
The agent, suspecting Tamari was involved in pro-Palestinian activism, wanted ...
Study: 'Smart bomb' drug attacks breast cancer
2012-06-03 06:02:12 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors have successfully dropped the first "smart bomb" on breast cancer, using a drug to deliver a toxic payload to tumor cells while leaving healthy ones alone.
In a key test involving nearly 1,000 women with very advanced disease, the experimental treatment extended by sever...
Egypt prosecutor to appeal Mubarak trial verdicts
2012-06-03 15:03:35 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor is appealing the verdicts in the trial of Egypt's ousted president and others, acquitting Hosni Mubarak and his two sons on corruption charges and clearing senior police officers of complicity in killing protesters, an official said on Sunday.
Suu Kyi returns home after 1st trip in 24 years
2012-06-03 06:17:46 UTC
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi completed her first trip out of Myanmar in 24 years on Sunday, a tour that highlighted her new freedom to explore the world — and to return home.
Suu Kyi smiled broadly as she walked through Yangon's airport, escorted by senior officials f...
Obama finds you can go home again _ for 1 night
2012-06-02 18:28:40 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — All President Barack Obama wanted to do was go home.
No, not to the fancy government house in Washington. He wanted the familiar bed at his Kenwood/Hyde Park house in Chicago. The comfy chair. Maybe watch some ESPN. Chill.
"Still works!" he declared as he strolled through his...
Experts: Okla., not Texas, had hottest summer ever
2012-06-02 17:52:38 UTC
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma and Texas have argued for years about which has the best college football team, whose oil fields produce better crude, even where the state border should run. But in a hot, sticky dispute that no one wants to win, Oklahoma just reclaimed its crown.
Jobless rate now a leading political indicator
2012-06-01 17:53:51 UTC
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — May's discouraging unemployment numbers present President Barack Obama with a sobering reminder that an uneven recovery from the recession can be a fragile argument for his re-election, deepening his anxiety over the political and economic threat posed by the European ...
AP 'napalm girl' photo from Vietnam War turns 40
2012-06-01 07:11:54 UTC
TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) — In the picture, the girl will always be 9 years old and wailing "Too hot! Too hot!" as she runs down the road away from her burning Vietnamese village.
She will always be naked after blobs of sticky napalm melted through her clothes and layers of skin like jellied la...
SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth, ends historic trip
2012-06-03 06:59:57 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Triumphant from start to finish, the SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to exploration.
"Welcome home, baby," said SpaceX's elated...
Paris plane crash spurs cultural growth in Atlanta
2012-05-31 09:15:38 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Fifty years ago, a group of 106 influential cultural and civic leaders from Atlanta traveled to Europe to visit famous museums and demonstrate the ascendant southern city's commitment to culture.
The Atlanta area's population in 1962 had recently hit a million people, but politi...
Colleges' bank deals saddle students with big fees
2012-05-30 17:52:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A public interest group says as many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to access students' financial aid money.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Higher Education Fund says in a report published Wednesda...
ACLU lawsuit to challenge Ill. gay marriage ban
2012-05-30 06:28:57 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples in Illinois plan to file lawsuits Wednesday arguing that it's unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry, a move advocates hope will lead to legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois.
The two lawsuits — backed by the ...
Author's son seeks Malcolm X letter at Syracuse
2012-05-30 06:23:51 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about his shifting views on race relations, claiming his family is the rightful owner.
Malcolm X wrote to Alex Haley, his collaborator for "The Autobiogr...
Wildfire close to being New Mexico's largest ever
2012-05-29 21:57:16 UTC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a mountainous southwestern New Mexico forest are close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. Forest Service said the erratic blaze in Gila National Forest had grown to about ...
First lady's book: On growing seeds, healthy kids
2012-05-29 18:33:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — From the beginning, Michelle Obama's kitchen garden has been an overachiever, churning out more peppers, parsley and eggplant than expected, and generating interest that — yes, really — crosses oceans.
Now, the first lady has added a 271-page book to her gardening resume, and...
Va. girl is youngest ever in National Spelling Bee
2012-05-29 03:42:57 UTC
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee was running around in a stream with a friend, hunting for rocks. Suddenly, she came charging up the bank and headed straight for her mother.
"Hold on to that basalt," Lori Anne Madison said in a bossy 6-year-o...
Obama says Vietnam veterans too often 'denigrated'
2012-05-29 03:44:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, pointing to Vietnam veterans as an under-appreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes who remained true to their nation despite an unwelcome homecoming.
"You were someti...
Watching dissidents is a booming business in China
2012-05-27 16:24:44 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Every workday at 7:20 a.m., colleagues pick up Yao Lifa from his second-floor apartment and drive him to the elementary school where he taught for years.
This is no car pool. Yao is a prisoner, part of a China boom in outsourced police control.
By day, Yao is kept in a room, ...
Panetta: US on 'right track' in Afghanistan
2012-05-27 15:59:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday defended the Obama administration's plans to wind down the more than decade-long war in Afghanistan, saying the U.S. is on "the right track."
"We still have a fight on our hands," Panetta said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
Dozens of children killed in new Syria attack
2012-05-26 20:46:35 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Gruesome video Saturday showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in bloody shorts and T-shirts with gaping head wounds, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria's 14-month-old uprising.
The shelling attack on Houla, a ...
Obama honors veterans during Memorial Day weekend
2012-05-26 20:42:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to veterans during Memorial Day weekend, honoring those willing to sacrifice their lives for their country.
Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address he will mark Monday's holiday with veterans and their families at Arlington...
Biden recalls pain after death of wife, daughter
2012-05-25 22:00:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Visibly pained, Vice President Joe Biden recalls the wrenching sorrow of losing his first wife and his daughter to a car accident in 1972.
Biden tells families of fallen soldiers that the grief was such that he understood why some people contemplate suicide. But he says that ...
Oil holds near 2012 low
2012-05-25 21:45:32 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil held near the lowest levels of the year on a quiet Friday ahead of the holiday weekend.
Benchmark U.S. crude on Friday added 20 cents to finish the week at $90.86 per barrel in New York while Brent crude rose by 28 cents to end at $106.83 per barrel in London.