Surge in child immigrants stresses support network
2012-04-28 22:05:45 UTC
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their families has sent government and nonprofit agencies scrambling to expand their shelter, legal representation and reunification services. On an...
Man booked in hammer deaths of Vegas mom, child
2012-04-28 21:35:15 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Using a hammer as a weapon, a "complete stranger" with no significant criminal history allegedly attacked a family in their Las Vegas home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled and aghast.
Bryan Clay, 22, was arrested Friday ...
Moderate earthquake shakes Southern California
2012-04-28 21:23:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some Southern Californians were shaken out of bed Saturday morning by a small earthquake that rattled homes across the Inland Empire region and caused buildings to sway in downtown Los Angeles.
The magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey said ...
Police blow Wash. mountain bunker, find man dead
2012-04-28 23:21:32 UTC
NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Peter Keller spent eight years carving his hole in the side of the mountain, camouflaging the rugged underground bunker with ferns and sticks and stocking it with a generator and ammunition boxes sealed in Ziploc bags. Suspected in the deaths of his wife, daughter and pet...
Fla. boy struck by SUV, killed at softball game
2012-04-28 21:11:39 UTC
TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The wife of the police chief in a central Florida community accidentally ran over a family friend's 22-month-old son in a parking lot, authorities said.
Pamela Bodenheimer, 51, was backing up from a parking spot Friday night at Titusville High School when she drove over...
Chaperones among new Secret Service conduct rules
2012-04-28 21:05:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerat...
Judge wants to know more about Zimmerman finances
2012-04-28 16:23:39 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Calling it an "oversight," George Zimmerman's attorney said Friday the neighborhood watch volunteer did not disclose that a website had raised more than $200,000 for his defense, even though his family told the judge they would have trouble coming up with his bond.
Obama flashing executive power in election year
2012-04-28 16:15:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, flashing his executive power in an election year, is promoting measures to safeguard veterans and members of the military against unscrupulous college recruiters.
In his Internet and radio address Saturday, Obama reiterated a series of measures he anno...
Space shuttle arrives in NYC; crowds watch in awe
2012-04-28 04:28:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In a city understandably wary of low-flying aircraft, New Yorkers and tourists alike watched with joy and excitement Friday as space shuttle Enterprise sailed over the skyline on its final flight before it becomes a museum piece.
Ten years after 9/11, people gathered on rooftop...
White House threatens to veto student loan bill
2012-04-27 16:08:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened a veto Friday of a Republican bill keeping the interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this summer, objecting that the measure would finance its $5.9 billion cost by abolishing a health care program.
The veto threat came as GOP leaders...
Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets
2012-04-27 14:42:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits.
President Barack Obama is signing a wide-ranging order on Friday that partial...
Judge considers adjusting Zimmerman's bond
2012-04-27 14:36:03 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to raise or revoke the bond for George Zimmerman after his lawyer told the judge a website raised $200,000 for the defense.
Mark O'Mara told the judge Friday that Zimmerman's family hadn't told him about the money before his client was given ...
Widow of civil rights activist wants him home
2012-04-27 07:34:16 UTC
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When civil rights activist Ray Robinson arrived at Wounded Knee in April 1973 to stand alongside Native Americans in their fight against social injustice, he excitedly called his wife back home in Alabama and told her, "This could be the spark that lights the prairie fire...
Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset
2012-04-27 06:31:53 UTC
The first-graders in Ohio Pack 109's Tiger Scouts didn't know or care their den mother was a lesbian — at least not until the Boy Scouts of America threw her out over the organization's ban on gays.
Now, parents who were aware of Jennifer Tyrrell's sexual orientation well before she took the b...
US to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
2012-04-27 06:20:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday.
The move is part of a broader arrangement designed to t...
Senate OKs renewing Violence Against Women Act
2012-04-26 20:56:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to renew the government's main domestic violence program.
The 68-31 vote to renew and expand the Violence Against Women Act sends the matter to the House, which is writing its own version.
The 1994 law is designed to protect women and children ...
US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006
2012-04-26 18:46:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Thursday that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities in the past five years have been traced back to the United States.
The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from Mexico that the U.S. is responsible for arming the drug cart...
Judge refuses to combine charges in WikiLeaks case
2012-04-26 15:54:21 UTC
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge rejected a defense motion Thursday to consolidate some of charges against an Army private accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history.
Col. Denise Lind was still considering a motion to dismiss the most serious charge against Pfc. B...
Biden calls Romney foreign policy backward-looking
2012-04-26 03:05:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is calling the foreign policy outlined by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shallow, ill-informed and dangerous and that it would return the United States to "the past we have worked so hard to move beyond."
President Barack Obam...
Fed: Economy growing moderately; no policy changes
2012-04-25 17:24:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the economy is growing moderately while cautioning that risks from Europe remain. It's holding off on taking any further steps to boost the recovery.
In a statement after a two-day meeting, the Fed said Wednesday that the job market has improved sligh...
Ex-Edwards aide talks about crumbling relationship
2012-04-25 17:18:45 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Young, once an aide and good friend to John Edwards, testified Wednesday that his relationship with the former presidential candidate began to crumble about the time Edwards dropped out of the 2008 race and his baby girl was born to his mistress.
Young, on the wi...
Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law
2012-04-25 15:59:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears ready to allow Arizona to enforce a state law provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.
The justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are not buying the Obama admi...
Capitol Police investigating threat against Rubio
2012-04-25 15:09:38 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police force is investigating a reported threat against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Capitol Police Lt. Kimberly Schneider said Wednesday she could no...
Santorum hints at Romney endorsement
2012-04-25 14:59:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he expects to endorse Mitt Romney.
Santorum says that he believes Romney is "the right guy" to challenge President Barack Obama. Still, he's stopping short of an official endorsement of his former rival.
Gingrich all but concedes his campaign is over
2012-04-25 14:56:14 UTC
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich all but conceded Wednesday that his White House campaign is over.
He said he expects Mitt Romney will be the nominee and called on the party to unite behind the former Massachusetts governor.
"You have to at some point be ...