US revamps student work-visa program after abuses
2012-05-04 19:51:18 UTC
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The State Department announced major changes Friday to one of its premier cultural-exchange programs following an investigation by The Associated Press that found widespread abuses.
The agency issued new rules for the J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program, which brings more ...
Nurse in Afghanistan dies in Skype chat with wife
2012-05-04 19:40:07 UTC
HOUSTON (AP) — The wife of an Army officer serving in Afghanistan witnessed her husband's death as the two video chatted via Skype, his family said Friday.
The circumstances of Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark's death were not immediately available. The Pentagon said it was under investigation, and his...
Heiress concerned Edwards used her for her money
2012-05-04 19:21:32 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The 101-year-old heiress whose money helped hide John Edwards' pregnant mistress said the presidential candidate should have used his own money for the cover up, her friend testified Friday.
Interior designer Bryan Huffman was asked on the witness stand Friday how Rache...
Ex-media mogul Conrad Black back in Canada
2012-05-04 18:46:32 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — Former media mogul Conrad Black arrived back in Canada on Friday, hours after he was deported from the United States following his release from prison after serving about three years for defrauding investors.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor Yglesias said Black...
3 convicted, 6 acquitted in sex trafficking case
2012-05-04 18:39:46 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee federal jury split its verdict Friday against nine people accused of operating a sex trafficking ring run mostly by Somali refugee gang members, convicting three men and acquitting six.
The defendants are among a total of 30 who were indicted in the case tha...
9/11 families prepare for Guantanamo arraignment
2012-05-04 06:11:29 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It has been a year of milestones for the families of those killed on Sept. 11, with the death of Osama Bin Laden followed by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Now another painful chapter is set to begin: the prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed m...
Police believe Neo-Nazi killed 4, himself in Ariz.
2012-05-03 20:09:07 UTC
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Police said Thursday that they believe a former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups shot four people and then took his own life in a suburban Phoenix home.
Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Bill Balafas said that police believe Jason Todd Ready, 39, was the gunm...
Prosecutors opt for hazing charges in FAMU case
2012-05-03 19:17:10 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There was no single blow, stomp or strike to Robert Champion's bruised and battered body that killed him as he was pummeled by fellow Florida A&M University marching band members during a hazing ritual aboard a charter bus last fall.
Instead, his death was caused by multip...
Medicare disruptions seen if health law is struck
2012-05-03 19:02:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's payment system, the unseen but vital network that handles 100 million monthly claims, could freeze up if President Barack Obama's health care law is summarily overturned, the administration has quietly informed the courts.
Although Obama's overhaul made significant...
Grand jury transcript details CA salon rampage
2012-05-03 18:43:27 UTC
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A hairstylist says he hid in the bathroom of a California salon after a co-worker's ex-husband walked in and started shooting as people screamed and one begged for her life.
Stylist Gordon Gallego says in a grand jury transcript unsealed Thursday that Scott Dekraai wal...
Discharged outspoken Marine works last day
2012-05-03 18:38:03 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last day of military service has arrived for a Marine Corps sergeant discharged for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook.
Sgt. Gary Stein says Thursday is his last day on the job for the Marine Corps.
The military decided to kick out Stein for criticizing Obam...
White House is silent on fate of Chinese activist
2012-05-03 18:31:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is sidestepping questions about how the U.S. might resolve the predicament surrounding a blind Chinese activist who sought refuge in the American embassy and who no longer wants to remain China.
White House spokesman Jay Carney referred questions about asylum ...
Ex-Edwards aide had awkward run-in with mistress
2012-05-03 18:15:42 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Another former close aide to John Edwards testified Thursday about bungled efforts to keep the former presidential candidate's affair hidden from staff members, including an awkward encounter when she showed up at a hotel weeks after her work filming Edwards had ended.
US uses bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida
2012-05-03 19:58:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege — and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of his global jihad's glory days.
The documents, ...
US says it's still trying to help Chinese activist
2012-05-03 07:37:49 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they are still trying to help a blind Chinese activist who says he fears for his family's safety, and denied he was pressured to leave the American Embassy to resettle inside China.
The diplomatic dispute between Washington and Beijing over Chen Guan...
US factory orders fell in March by most in 3 years
2012-05-02 19:54:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Demand for U.S. factory goods dropped in March by the most in three years, driven lower by a sharp fall in volatile orders for commercial aircraft. Still, more recent data suggest the decline may be temporary.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for factory goo...
13 charged in hazing death of FAMU band member
2012-05-02 19:01:11 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor says most of the 13 people charged in the death of Florida A&M university drum major will face a felony hazing charge.
The prosecutor announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday. State Attorney Lawson Lamar says 11 of the 13 people charged will face t...
Detroit unions weigh strike option as layoffs loom
2012-05-02 18:16:55 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Unions angry that Detroit is trying to mend its financially-battered books by laying off hundreds of workers and imposing steep contract concessions on those who remain are considering an illegal strike.
Several Detroit municipal union leaders said striking is one of several opt...
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 ...
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...
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...