Romney turns campaign toward money, reconciliation
2012-04-25 14:34:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential nomination all but in hand, Mitt Romney is refocusing his efforts on challenging President Barack Obama, raising cash for the battle ahead and reconciling with one-time primary rival Rick Santorum.
"Tonight is the start of a new campaign," the form...
US women drawn with France, Colombia, North Korea
2012-04-25 04:15:14 UTC
WEMBLEY, England (AP) — With tension escalating between their governments, the United States and North Korea were drawn Tuesday into the same first-round group for this summer's Olympic women's soccer tournament.
The Americans will play in Group G, which includes France, Colombia and the isola...
New case of mad cow disease in California
2012-04-25 01:19:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation's food supply.
The infected cow, the fourth ever discovered in the U.S., was found as...
Protesters crash Wells Fargo shareholder meeting
2012-04-25 04:39:28 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from across the country descended on San Francisco Tuesday in an attempt to crash banking giant Wells Fargo's annual shareholders meeting.
Several dozen people representing community groups had bought company stock and were allo...
Ex-Miss. mayor sentenced in inmate sex case
2012-04-24 18:24:08 UTC
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi mayor and prison warden was sentenced Tuesday to seven months behind bars for telling an inmate to lie to investigators about sex they had in a hotel room in 2009.
Grady Sims, who served as the mayor of Walnut Grove in central Mississippi for 31 years...
Obama woos students, pushes low rate student loans
2012-04-24 17:51:54 UTC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama tells college students that he and his wife, Michelle, know what it's like to owe student loans because the two of them didn't come from wealthy families.
He says: "When we married, we got poor together."
Obama was speaking at the University o...
Obama takes on college costs, eyes young voters
2012-04-24 16:22:21 UTC
MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Wooing young voters, President Barack Obama is on a blitz to keep the cost of college loans from soaring for millions of students, taking his message to three states strategically important to his re-election bid. By taking on student debt, Obama is speaking to middle-cla...
Police chief in Martin case remains under scrutiny
2012-04-24 16:15:14 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — While George Zimmerman is free on bail, the police chief criticized for not charging him after Trayvon Martin's slaying remains under scrutiny, as city commissioners want to wait for the results of a federal investigation to decide if they will accept Chief Bill Lee's resigna...
Californians to vote on abolishing death penalty
2012-04-24 07:30:32 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November ballot on Monday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen ...
Now out of jail, George Zimmerman fades from sight
2012-04-24 07:12:47 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Later Monday, the Sanford...
US lessons in Afghanistan can aid Colombian troops
2012-04-24 07:07:03 UTC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta got a glimpse into how America's military's experience in Afghanistan is contributing to the U.S. counterinsurgency training in Colombia.
While the two conflicts are no perfect match, U.S. military and defense officials said they can learn...
Ted Nugent set for court date in illegal kill case
2012-04-24 07:04:13 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed.
The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was fi...
12th military member tied to prostitution scandal
2012-04-24 06:40:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service prostitution scandal grew Monday to include a 12th member of the U.S. military as the Pentagon suspended the security clearances of all the military personnel who have been implicated. The Secret Service has also taken action against 12 of its employees.
Ex-Edwards aide takes stand against former boss
2012-04-24 06:14:15 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Young was once much more than an aide to John Edwards.
The linchpin of the government's criminal case against the ex-presidential candidate spent long hours driving to and from political events with the rising Democratic star. They attended college basketball gam...
Washington delicate about Secret Service scandal
2012-04-24 06:10:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The widening Secret Service prostitution scandal has touched off a delicate dance in Washington.
People are loath to criticize an agency whose employees are trained to take a bullet for the people they protect. Members of Congress pressing for the juicy stories risk reviving ...
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster
2012-04-23 22:09:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program.
The trust funds that support Social Security will run dry in 2033 — ...
1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed
2012-04-23 19:20:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work.
A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge.
Young adults with bachelor's degrees ...
Officials to vote on Sanford chief's resignation
2012-04-23 18:25:44 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Sanford city commission will vote to approve the resignation of the police chief harshly criticized for his handling of the Trayvon Martin case.
The commissioners said in a news release Monday that they would vote at a meeting later in the day to approve the resignatio...
Panetta dismisses Iran's claims about drone
2012-04-23 18:03:14 UTC
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed Tehran's claims that it has recovered data from a U.S. spy drone that went down in Iran late last year.
Without providing details, Panetta said that "based on my experience that I would seriously question...
Christian college to resume classes after attack
2012-04-23 17:20:46 UTC
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Some students and staff members have arrived to resume class at a small California Christian college where seven people were shot to death earlier this month.
Oikos University officials said one English-as-a-second-language class would be held Monday.
The school has b...
Obama levies new tech sanctions on Syria, Iran
2012-04-23 22:03:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to stop the Syrian government's deadly crackdown, President Barack Obama on Monday levied new sanctions on people and entities in Syria and Iran that use technology to target their citizens and perpetrate human rights abuses.
Obama's announcement underscored th...
10 Things to Know for Monday
2012-04-23 22:14:00 UTC
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT):
1. George Zimmerman released from Florida jail
In an unusually low-key turn to a high-profile case, the defendant in the murder of Trayvon Martin is freed around midnight on $...
US stocks slide on economic tremors from Europe
2012-04-23 14:09:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening sharply lower with new worries about Europe's health.
Reports out of Europe Monday showed government debt continues to pile up despite severe budget cuts that have led to unrest across the continent.
The Dow Jones industrial average is down 126 points to 1...
Neighborhood watch shooter released from Fla. jail
2012-04-23 13:47:55 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — In a low-key event, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a paper ...
Explosion, fireball reported in Nevada, California
2012-04-22 22:13:22 UTC
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California on Sunday morning rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada, some reporting fireball sightings.
The sound and the light show were likely caused by a me...