• Simon Cowell crush revelation enrages Dannii Minogue
    2012-04-16 18:03:34 UTC

    Dannii Minogue feels "incredibly raw" following Simon Cowell's revelation of his attraction to her. Simon has reportedly spoken out about his feelings for the Australian singer during her time working with him as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor. The disclosure of his "crush" was made in The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell...
  • Obama says will be "angry" if agents scandal proved
    2012-04-16 03:34:06 UTC

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said he would be "angry" if allegations of improper conduct against Secret Service personnel in Colombia around the Summit of the Americas are confirmed. "We represent the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country I expect them to observe the highes...
  • Mexican cartels trick border crossers into being drug mules
    2012-04-15 21:08:28 UTC

    SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) - The Mexican help wanted ads offer a quick $500 for a simple job - drive a car into California on an errand for an "important business" organization. But the new boss may be a drug cartel and the cargo may not be vital papers, or even money, but illegal narcotics. Hidden in the car could be marijuana...
  • U.S. says Colombia trade deal to take effect in May
    2012-04-15 20:33:31 UTC

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement will enter into force next month, far earlier than expected, as a result of what the Obama administration called "historic" progress for Colombian worker protections and human rights. The announcement came during the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, where Pres...
  • White House sees "positive first step" in Iran talks
    2012-04-15 02:13:44 UTC

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Talks in Istanbul on Saturday among negotiators from Iran and six world powers including the United States represented "a positive first step" in addressing international concern over the Iranian nuclear program, the White House said. The parties in Turkey discussed Iran's nuclear program for the firs...
  • Obama's partying guards embarrass U.S. at summit
    2012-04-15 02:05:43 UTC

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service agents and soldiers tasked with protecting President Barack Obama at a summit in Colombia have instead embarrassed the United States by trying to consort with prostitutes. The muddled and murky incident involving 16 security personnel and at least one working girl in the steamy Car...
  • Scandal mars Obama's wooing of Latin America
    2012-04-15 00:55:02 UTC

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - A prostitution scandal involving U.S. security personnel in Colombia threatened on Saturday to eclipse President Barack Obama's charm offensive to Latin America. In a major embarrassment for the United States at the Summit of the Americas attended by more than 30 heads of state, 11 U.S. Secret Service...
  • Obama calls Romney's immigration stance "troublesome"
    2012-04-14 17:41:20 UTC

    CARTAGENA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama attacked Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Saturday over his stance on illegal immigrants and promised to pursue broad immigration reform if he wins another term. On a three-day visit to Colombia for a summit with Latin American leaders, Obama is hoping to court Hispanic ...
  • U.S. watches for North Korea's next move after rocket crash
    2012-04-14 17:34:49 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States kept a wary eye on North Korea after the reclusive state's unsuccessful launch of a long-range rocket and President Barack Obama said on Friday Pyongyang faced further isolation if it continued to defy the international community. The White House suspended a deal to provide significant food a...
  • Obama cites potential of billion consumers in the Americas
    2012-04-14 17:28:18 UTC

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama stressed on Saturday the "great promise" for business growth in the Americas, seeking to play up the economic heft of the region he has paid little attention to in his first three years in office. In remarks prepared for a meeting of corporate chief executives in Cartagena,...
  • New U.S. sanctions may hinge on Iran talks: Congress aides
    2012-04-14 05:10:44 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fate of a new package of sanctions on Iran proposed by U.S. lawmakers may hinge on whether Iran and six major world powers can make any progress at high-level talks this weekend toward resolving a dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. There is broad support among Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Co...
  • Democratic Super PACs off to modest 2012 start
    2012-04-14 04:54:37 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fundraising by Democratic "Super PACs" is off to a slow start for the 2012 campaign season, compared with aggressive efforts by Republican groups that plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in fights for congressional seats and the White House. Three major Democratic groups said on Friday they raised a ...
  • Finally! Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt get engaged
    2012-04-13 22:42:10 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's official: Brangelina is engaged. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie haven't set a wedding date yet, but their engagement "is a promise for the future," Pitt's manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante, said in an email Friday. Pitt, 48, and Jolie, 36, have six children together. "Their kids are very happy," Pett-Dante also s...
  • House to try again to advance Keystone pipeline
    2012-04-13 17:11:33 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will revive efforts to quickly advance the stalled Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and insist that approval for the project be part of a long-term deal to fund highways and other infrastructure. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama put a hold on TransCanada'...
  • Most Americans back gun lobby, right to use deadly force
    2012-04-13 16:17:17 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves - even in public places - and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, the main gun-lobby group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed. However, there was also strong support from respondents for background checks as well as limit...
  • U.S. stops food aid to North Korea after missile launch
    2012-04-13 16:09:59 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not go forward with planned food aid to North Korea, the White House said on Friday, after the impoverished nation's unsuccessful launch of a long-range missile which Washington had warned would have consequences. "Their efforts to launch a missile clearly demonstrates that they could no...
  • In real time, Twitter charges feisty White House campaign
    2012-04-13 02:42:33 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. presidential campaign took shape this week, Mitt Romney's staff made what it hopes will be a momentous move: Ann Romney, the candidate's wife, joined Twitter. Romney made her debut on the social networking site Wednesday in response to a Democratic strategist who said the former Massachusetts gover...
  • White House: North Korean rocket launch was provocative act
    2012-04-13 02:33:03 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday North Korea's failed rocket launch was a provocative act that left the country isolated and in violation of international law. "Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea's provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and cont...
  • Biden to attack "Romney Rule" on taxes for rich
    2012-04-12 17:22:21 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will take direct aim at probable Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday, accusing him of promoting what amounts to a "Romney Rule" of tax protection for the rich. Biden's campaign speech in New Hampshire later in the day is part of a stepped-up White House effort ...
  • Suspicious package prompts evacuation of New York financial building
    2012-04-12 16:51:28 UTC

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspicious package that appeared to contain a grenade was found at 2 World Financial Center on Thursday morning, prompting an evacuation of the building, police said. The evacuation was prompted around 11 a.m. EDT after an x-ray of a package at the building appeared to reveal a grenade inside, New York City Po...
  • Obama, Sarkozy discussed oil market conditions: White House
    2012-04-12 17:51:30 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama discussed conditions on world oil markets during a video conference on Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the White House said. "The president and President Sarkozy agreed to continue their consultations about the tightness in global oil markets, in line with previous c...
  • Romney stumbles out of the gate in general election
    2012-04-12 02:05:44 UTC

    HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Less than a day into the U.S. general election campaign, probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumbled on a key issue on Wednesday in an early warning that he needs to sharpen up quickly to compete with President Barack Obama. Romney made a disputed claim that the vast majority of U.S. jobs lost ...
  • Trayvon Martin shooter charged with murder
    2012-04-12 04:24:44 UTC

    JACKSONVILLE/SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A special prosecutor in Florida charged neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder on Wednesday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a move protesters had demanded for weeks in a racially charged case that has riveted the United States. ...
  • Romney stumbles out of the gate in general election
    2012-04-12 00:31:43 UTC

    HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Less than a day into the general election campaign, probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumbled on a key issue on Wednesday in an early warning that he needs to sharpen up quickly to compete with President Barack Obama. Romney made the unlikely claim that the vast majority of U.S. jobs lost und...
  • Obama, Romney trade blows as fight for White House narrows
    2012-04-12 00:20:12 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired sharp attacks at each other on Wednesday as they opened a seven-month battle for the White House that got ugly fast. Both campaigns moved quickly to frame the choice for voters one day after Romney's chief rival, conservative Rick Santorum, dro...