Pettitte testifies uncomfortably in Clemens case
2012-05-02 07:39:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andy Pettitte looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on the witness stand in the Roger Clemens perjury trial.
During breaks Tuesday when the judge and lawyers haggled over legal procedures, Pettitte looked down or straight ahead, never in Clemens' direction. He rested his h...
NYC man convicted in thwarted subway bomb plot
2012-05-02 07:34:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide bombers.
A jury deliberated less than two days ...
Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
2012-05-01 20:15:43 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan Tuesday night on the anniversary of the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and signed an agreement cementing U.S. commitment to the nation after American combat troops leave.
Alongside Afghan President Hamid Karz...
Immigrant, labor, Occupy groups join for protests
2012-05-01 19:25:40 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations against major financial institutions.
In New York, police in riot gear lined the front of a Bank of America, fac...
Human rights showdown awaits Clinton in Beijin
2012-05-01 19:13:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headed Tuesday to Beijing, where a tense human rights showdown awaits over the fate of a blind Chinese lawyer said to be under U.S. protection after escaping from house arrest.
The issue of Chen Guangcheng's future threatens to oversh...
FBI: 5 men arrested, wanted to blow up Ohio bridge
2012-05-01 17:45:33 UTC
CLEVELAND (AP) — Five men, at least three of them anarchists, plotted to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, but there was no danger to the public because the explosives were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee, the agency said Tuesday in announcing the men's arrests.
Obama: Marking bin Laden death isn't 'celebration'
2012-05-01 03:37:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and his use of it to burnish his re-election credentials a year later, saying Monday that it is appropriate to mark an anniversary that Republicans charge is being turned into a ...
Mom, son die in accidents hours apart in Wisconsin
2012-05-01 03:23:56 UTC
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman and her adult son were killed in separate traffic crashes just hours apart in a Milwaukee suburb, police said Monday.
Mary J. Moore, 45, died after she was struck by a vehicle on a street in West Allis. A friend was speeding her son, Thomas M. Olson, 2...
3rd fugitive sibling sentenced in Colorado
2012-04-30 20:03:44 UTC
WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) — The last of three siblings accused in a multistate crime spree was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison on charges related to their capture in Colorado.
Ryan Dougherty, 22, had faced up to 20 years after pleading guilty to five counts of menacing.
Earlier Monday, ...
Obama: N. Korea hostility a weakness, not strength
2012-04-30 19:56:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda On Monday decried aggressive acts from North Korea, including its recent failed rocket launch.
Obama said Pyongyang is operating from a position of weakness, not strength, and Noda said the launch undermined di...
World Trade Center is back on top in NYC
2012-04-30 19:52:17 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Workers have raised a steel column to the top of the building that's been called the Freedom Tower to make it New York City's tallest skyscraper.
One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks.
It reached just over 1,250 fe...
Capitol mystery: Will Secret Service head survive?
2012-04-30 19:37:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, could have retired from government nearly 10 years ago and avoided the scandals of the White House gate crashers and, more recently, the one involving a dozen agents, officers and supervisors implicated in a prostitution case.
Obama criticizes GOP in speech to union members
2012-04-30 19:30:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is rallying union workers by painting a bleak portrait of America's infrastructure. He blames Republicans for focusing on tax cutting rather than creating jobs by updating and rebuilding highways, railroads and airports.
Obama tells the Building and Con...
Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment
2012-04-30 19:11:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.
AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks
2012-04-30 18:51:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.
The coalition routinely reports attacks in which a coalition soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But it...
Activists on trial for arrests during NYPD protest
2012-04-30 19:24:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty activists who converged on a police station to protest a controversial police technique went on trial Monday in a case that they hoped would highlight their cause but prosecutors called a simple matter of breaking the law.
The demonstrators, who include ministers, local ...
Aide's wife: John Edwards knew about money
2012-04-30 18:25:29 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards testified Monday the former presidential candidate told her over the phone that it was legal to take money from a wealthy donor to take care of Edwards' mistress.
Testifying at Edwards' campaign corruption trial, Cheri Young said s...
Obama's new campaign slogan: 'Forward'
2012-04-30 15:23:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new campaign slogan: "Forward."
Obama's re-election team unveiled its new motto in a video released Monday morning. The seven-minute video begins by recalling the grim state of the nation's economy when Obama took office, then ticks through what t...
Obama, Clintons deepen political and policy ties
2012-04-30 19:22:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership. Both sides have a strong incentive in making the alliance work, especially in an election year.
For Obama, Bi...
Weaker al-Qaida still plots payback for US raid
2012-04-30 02:10:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil.
But the terrorist network dreams still of payback, and U.S. counterterrorist officials warn that,...
Romney, Secret Service, GOP: Obama mocks them all
2012-04-30 02:05:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama scattered the barbs during the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner as he poked fun at White House races past and present, the Secret Service and Donald Trump.
Even the entrance to his speech Saturday night was part of his schtick. The ...
Obama aide mum on whether US protecting activist
2012-04-29 17:40:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an "appropriate balance" between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on its potential involvement in harboring a Chinese act...
1 dead after storm blows down St. Louis beer tent
2012-04-29 01:14:48 UTC
ST. LOUIS (AP) — High winds swept through a beer tent where 200 people gathered after a Cardinals game Saturday, killing one and critically injuring at least five others, authorities said. But the owner of the bar said it was lightning — not wind — that killed the patron.
At least 17 were hosp...
Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric
2012-04-28 23:52:33 UTC
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand.
Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more events highlighting his appeal as a regular guy.
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...