UN agency finds higher enrichment at Iranian site
2012-05-25 17:33:28 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Inspectors have found traces of uranium enriched at an Iranian site to a level that is slightly closer to the threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday.
Iran said the find was a technical glitch, according to the International Atomic Energy Age...
Backlash against African migrants in Israel
2012-05-25 22:08:58 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Recent rapes blamed on African migrants have ignited a political and emotional backlash against their ballooning numbers, with Israelis and their leaders stridently — and in an alarming new development, violently — calling for their expulsion.
Israel, bound by an international...
Weekly US jobless aid applications dip to 370,000
2012-05-24 20:51:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits changed little last week, signaling modest job growth.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for benefits dipped by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000.
Applications have leveled off this month aft...
Possible break reported in case of missing NYC boy
2012-05-24 20:13:09 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In a potential break in one of the nation's most baffling missing-children cases, a former convenience-store employee has told police that he suffocated 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 and left the boy's body in a box in an alley, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
If Pedro ...
With smuggling choked, Syria rebels feel arms curb
2012-05-24 07:55:54 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Mohamed Nizar says he and his fellow rebels have the will, the fervor and the money to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad.
What they lack, he says, is the firepower.
"If I make a phone call, I'll have maybe 2,000 Stingers," Nizar said, then acknowledged he could not get ...
Rep. King: CIA, Pentagon, too close to filmmakers
2012-05-24 03:12:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman charged Wednesday that the CIA and Defense Department jeopardized national security by cooperating too closely with filmmakers producing a movie on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King. R-N.Y., first ...
GI says Muslim faith motive for Ft Hood bomb plot
2012-05-24 02:50:55 UTC
WACO, Texas (AP) — A Muslim U.S. soldier accused of planning to bomb Fort Hood troops says he wasn't seeking vengeance but justice for people in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a recording played at his federal trial Wednesday.
Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo is heard telling his mother during a...
Wanted: Bigfoot hair samples for European study
2012-05-23 18:20:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — European researchers are planning to use new techniques to analyze DNA that could help crack the mystery of whether Bigfoot exists.
In a project announced this week, Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology scientists appealed to museums, scientists and Yeti aficionados t...
Syria says sanctions have cost country $4 billion
2012-05-23 17:48:52 UTC
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's oil minister blamed international sanctions Wednesday for shortages of cooking gas and other basic goods, saying the measures have bled $4 billion from the nation's ailing economy.
President Bashar Assad's regime must strike a delicate balance toward the U.S. and...
2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities
2012-05-22 19:20:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate.
The Census Bureau on Tuesday released an extensive assessment of its high-stakes, once-a-decade headcount of the U.S. ...
Old feud in Bush administration part of Ariz. race
2012-05-22 18:55:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Carmona arrived in Washington a political novice in 2002 and left four years later scarred and frustrated. He didn't go quietly.
A year after his term as the nation's 17th surgeon general, the one-time $500 campaign donor to President George W. Bush turned on the admi...
Study: Simple scope exam cuts colon cancer deaths
2012-05-22 04:26:34 UTC
A simple, cheaper exam of just the lower part of the bowel can cut the risk of developing colon cancer or dying of the disease, a large federal study finds.
Many doctors recommend a more complete test — colonoscopy — but many people refuse that costly, unpleasant exam. The new study shows that...
After NATO summit, questions about protest mindset
2012-05-22 00:47:44 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — For activists, the NATO summit in Chicago served as one big stage from which to air a broad range of grievances — not just the war in Afghanistan or other actions of the 63-year-old military alliance.
In their effort to maximize turnout, organizers were quick to welcome a wide v...
Violence in Syria spills over into Lebanon
2012-05-21 18:47:39 UTC
BIREH, Lebanon (AP) — Syria's war barreled over the border with an angry, raucous funeral Monday for an anti-Syrian cleric whose killing set off a night of deadly street battles in Beirut and raised fears that Lebanon is getting drawn into the chaos afflicting its neighbor.
The violence is a r...
SpaceX will try 1st private cargo run again Tues.
2012-05-21 18:10:52 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Private rocket maker SpaceX aimed for a Tuesday liftoff after fixing the engine problem that caused a launch abort over the weekend, stalling the world's first commercial space station supply flight.
Forecasters put the odds of good weather at 80 percent for the tes...
Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets
2012-05-20 23:13:19 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials.
The tweets were promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam'...
Europe faces difficult search for growth
2012-05-20 22:58:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On paper at least, European leaders agree: They need stronger growth measures to help their economies expand out of their 2½-year-old government debt crisis. Figuring out exactly what those new steps might be will be the hard part.
Under urging from U.S. President Barack Obam...
Mourners gather in NY for funeral of Mary Kennedy
2012-05-19 17:16:17 UTC
BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Mourners gathered Saturday at a modest stone church north of New York City for the funeral of Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The services, held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in the hamlet of Bedford, took place on a beautiful ...
'Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown speaks in NH
2012-05-19 03:12:06 UTC
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Best-selling author Dan Brown made a rare public appearance in New Hampshire on Friday, saying very little about his next novel other than he's well into the writing process.
"The Da Vinci Code" author, who grew up in New Hampshire, spoke at a benefit for The Music Hall...
THE RACE: Obama, Romney working to stay on message
2012-05-18 18:37:15 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ With 172 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are being buffeted by crosswinds as Obama fights to keep his job and Romney works to wres...
UK surveillance program could expose private lives
2012-05-18 18:58:34 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British officials have given their word: "We won't read your emails."
But experts say the government's proposed new surveillance program will gather so much data that spooks won't have to read your messages to guess what you're up to.
The U.K. Home Office stresses it won't be ...
Greek politics, Spain banks test eurozone survival
2012-05-18 17:50:09 UTC
MADRID (AP) — Chaos in Greek politics and Spanish banking combined this week to underscore just how fragile Europe's economy remains after an eviscerating austerity regime that has spawned unemployment, desperation and misery. And there is no respite in sight, as Germany's finance minister predic...
Commercial rocket will fly to the space station
2012-05-17 20:21:45 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, a private company will launch a rocket to the International Space Station, sending it on a grocery run this weekend that could be the shape of things to come for America's space program.
If this unmanned flight and others like it succeed, commerc...
Greek party most extreme of Europe's far right
2012-05-17 19:12:56 UTC
Twenty-one members of Golden Dawn were sworn into Greece's Parliament on Thursday, making it arguably the most far-right party to enter a European national legislature since Nazi-era Germany. Europe's financial crisis is changing the tone across the continent, with frustrated voters turning to ex...
US forecasters say heat will stay on this summer
2012-05-17 18:43:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists say America's unusually warm year is likely to extend through the summer. And that's a bad sign for wildfires in the West.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's forecast for June through August calls for warmer-than-normal weather for about three-qu...