Hollande victory could roil US markets this week
2012-04-22 21:58:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong showing by Socialist candidate Francois Hollande in the first round of France's presidential election Sunday may rattle U.S. and global financial markets in the coming weeks.
Hollande wants to renegotiate a European treaty, agreed to just last year, intended to limit...
More firings expected in Secret Service scandal
2012-04-22 19:39:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House committee investigating an alleged Secret Service prostitution scandal predicted more firings as key lawmakers and a top adviser to President Barack Obama expressed confidence Sunday that the agency will effectively deal with the incident.
Sen. Rubio: Let vice presidential process play out
2012-04-22 15:41:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has heard all the talk about joining a ticket with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Rubio says that until now, the talk about picking a running mate has been theoretical. But now that Romney's path is clear, Rubio says "it'd be wise...
Indiana Gov. Daniels: Not me for vice president
2012-04-22 15:36:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana thought long and hard before deciding not to run for president. Now, with Mitt Romney the likely nominee, he's professing no interest in joining the GOP ticket as a vice presidential candidate.
Daniels says that if Romney came calling,...
FBI source: Alaska rep. spent campaign cash freely
2012-04-22 15:30:24 UTC
Documents released by the FBI show that a source told investigators that an Alaska congressman and his late wife spent campaign money on hunting trips and flights and wrote checks to themselves over years of allegedly profligate spending on his contributors' dime.
The allegations were not enou...
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch forced into primary fight
2012-04-22 15:22:28 UTC
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Utah Republicans denied U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch a clear path to a seventh and final term Saturday, forcing the 78-year-old lawmaker into a June primary with 37-year-old former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. Hatch fell short of the outright nomination by fewer than three dozen votes ...
Iran says it is building copy of captured US drone
2012-04-22 06:43:31 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian commander says the country has reverse-engineered an American spy drone captured by Tehran's armed forces last year and has begun building a copy.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who is chief of the aerospace division of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, was quot...
Watergate figure Charles Colson has died at 80
2012-04-22 02:03:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — He was described as the "evil genius" of the Nixon administration, and spent the better part of a year in prison for a Watergate-related conviction. His proclamations following his release that he was a new man, redeemed by his religious faith, were met with more than skepticism...
BofA's $20M settlement faces court challenge
2012-04-21 21:03:49 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A recently proposed $20 million settlement of shareholder claims by Bank of America Corp. over its 2009 acquisition of Merrill Lynch is being challenged by a separate group of shareholders as too small.
A federal judge in New York has ordered the Bank of America directors who w...
Obama wooing young voters with student loan focus
2012-04-21 20:32:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to energize young voters, President Barack Obama is depicting Republicans as obstacles to an affordable college education as he previews an argument he will make on university campuses next week in states crucial to his re-election.
"This is a question of values," Obama...
Calif. family of 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide
2014-01-01 09:44:16 UTC
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy entered the Southern California home where his mother lives with her husband and two younger children. After being unable to reach her all day, he was worried something was wrong. He was all too right.
In a house where blood covered several rooms, he fo...
German court case fails to settle YouTube copyright controversy
2012-04-21 19:25:30 UTC
A German court has ruled that YouTube must erase seven contested videos over copyright issues. However, the decision has failed to settle the protracted copyright row raging on the Internet.
Hamburg's State Court ruled on Friday that YouTube will have to take seven videos offline, including "Riv...
Geithner urges creativity in Europe's debt crisis
2012-04-21 15:39:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT'-nur) says Europe needs to be creative in fighting its debt crisis.
Geithner says Europe's success will depend on the ability of its governments and central bank to creatively and aggressively support countries that are pursuing the ne...
Army probes drug use by soldiers in Afghanistan
2012-04-21 15:33:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army has investigated 56 soldiers in Afghanistan on suspicion of using or distributing heroin, morphine or other opiates during 2010 and 2011, newly obtained data shows. Eight soldiers died of drug overdoses during that time.
While the cases represent just a slice of...
Stinky fish helps limit potfest at Colo university
2012-04-21 15:28:11 UTC
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Stinky fish fertilizer and two dozen law-enforcement officers kept pot smokers away from a grassy quad at the University of Colorado on Friday, but a few hundred protesters defied the crackdown and rallied on another field, where some lit up at 4:20 p.m.
It was a far cry ...
A divided Congress confronts a rising cyberthreat
2012-04-21 14:57:54 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies weren't falling for it.
The caller, who was never traced or identified, helpfully instructed the companies to enable s...
Experts say Zimmerman attorney made smart move
2012-04-21 14:12:27 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — By questioning a state investigator on the witness stand during a routine bail hearing, George Zimmerman's defense attorney showed some of the weaknesses in prosecutors' claims that the neighborhood watch volunteer committed second-degree murder, legal experts say.
Obama casts GOP as barrier to low-cost education
2012-04-21 20:39:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to energize young voters, President Barack Obama is depicting Republicans as obstacles to an affordable college education, using his Internet and radio address Saturday to preview an argument he will take on the road next week to university campuses in states crucial to hi...
Obama enjoys 10-1 financial edge over Romney
2012-04-21 06:15:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election effort enjoyed a 10-to-1 financial edge over Republican rival Mitt Romney last month, out-raising the former Massachusetts governor by millions as Obama stuffed more than $104 million into his campaign war chest.
A nasty primary battle bet...
Romney dismisses Democrat's remark about polygamy
2012-04-20 22:59:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shrugging off a Democratic governor's remark that a history of polygamy in the Romney family could hurt his chances of being elected.
Romney is also pointing out that his grandfather did not have multiple wives as Mon...
Mommy Wars give way to Doggy Wars in Twitterverse
2012-04-20 20:08:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — So let's get all the puns out of the way, shall we? It's the issue with legs — four of them. The doggone thing won't go away. Has the presidential race just gone to the dogs? Or are we simply in those dog days between the primary season and the start of the general election?
Romney pulls in $12M as GOP super PAC amasses cash
2012-04-20 20:03:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said it raised $12.6 million in contributions in March, adding to roughly $14 million his Republican Party brought in last month. But the combined figure still puts Romney at a disadvantage with the man whose job he wants in November.
DARPA releases cause of hypersonic glider anomaly
2012-04-20 19:53:49 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unmanned hypersonic glider likely aborted its 13,000 mph flight over the Pacific Ocean last summer because unexpectedly large sections of its skin peeled off, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Friday.
The Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2, launched fro...
IMF moves to calm market fears over European debt
2012-04-21 20:55:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — An infusion of hundreds of billions of dollars will give the International Monetary Fund a badly needed boost to tackle Europe's prolonged debt crisis. But global finance officials sent a strong message Saturday that struggling governments must speed reforms or risk spooking jit...
NYPD: Man, 3-year-old son dead in building fall
2013-12-23 02:38:24 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy.
Authorities said they received an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the 52-floor building on the Upper West Side ...