Penn State assistant AD no longer works at school
2012-04-20 17:52:01 UTC
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Penn State official who briefly took over as athletic director following the sex abuse scandal is no longer working at the school.
The Centre Daily Times first reported Mark Sherburne's departure Thursday night and said he was fired Wednesday.
A university spok...
White House defends Secret Service chief anew
2012-04-20 01:56:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House expressed renewed confidence Thursday in the director of the Secret Service in the midst of a sordid prostitution scandal that has threatened to become a serious political distraction in an election year. A key lawmaker who oversees the Secret Service predicted m...
Trouble in threes: Scandals hamper Obama's message
2012-04-20 00:29:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn't Mitt Romney who's giving Barack Obama fits as the president pivots to re-election mode. It's those federal bureaucrats carousing in Las Vegas, the Secret Service consorting with Colombian prostitutes and U.S. soldiers posing with bloody enemy corpses.
The scandals ar...
White House: 'Silver spoon' words not about Romney
2012-04-19 22:17:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday said President Barack Obama wasn't talking about Republican Mitt Romney when he said he "wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama has used the phrase many times to describe his background. Carn...
Analysis: A Romney pick for top U.S. court? Frontrunners emerge
2012-04-19 19:02:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the names of people he might appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court are starting to roll off the tongues of conservative activists, lawyers and former Republican administration aides.
Republican business tax cut seen passing U.S. House
2012-04-19 18:58:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a tax break for small businesses, giving voters a stark alternative to President Barack Obama's politically popular "Buffett Rule" surtax on the wealthy.
In an escalating election-year war of words o...
Travelers smashes estimates, insurance rates rising
2012-04-19 18:18:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of healthcare reform in the current election year, a study released on Thursday shows that one in four working-age Americans went without insurance at some point in 2011, often as a result of unemployment and other job changes.
Travelers smashes estimates, insurance rates rising
2012-04-19 18:09:54 UTC
(Reuters) - Property insurer Travelers Cos Inc <TRV.N> blew past Wall Street earnings estimates for the first quarter and raised its dividend 12 percent as natural disaster losses declined and insurance rates continued to rise after years of weakness.
The company's shares rose 4.8 percent to $...
US aircraft carriers not allowed to stop in areas designated by Iran
2012-04-19 04:21:02 UTC
The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces said on Wednesday that Iran has notified the two U.S. aircraft carriers deployed in the Persian Gulf that they are not allowed to stop in certain areas of the Persian Gulf designated by Iranian naval forces, MNA reported.
"We had previously notified th...
Congress, White House in tug-of-war over arms sales
2012-04-19 04:36:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has trimmed the U.S. Congress' decades-long role in vetting billions of dollars in proposed arms sales in a move that will result in more congressional efforts to block deals, key lawmakers said in a letter made public Wednesday.
The newly disclo...
Panetta apologizes for photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
2012-04-18 18:36:16 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized on Wednesday for photographs that appeared in an American newspaper of U.S. soldiers posing with the maimed bodies of dead Afghan insurgents.
"I know war is ugly ... I know young people sometimes caught up in the moment ... ma...
On Twitter, campaigns dog each other with insults
2012-04-18 18:11:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's either an amusing way to follow the 2012 presidential campaign, or the death rattle for meaningful political discourse in America.
Either way, top campaign aides to Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have taken to Twitter with re...
Human-made earthquakes reported in central U.S
2012-04-18 02:08:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose "spectacularly" near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, a process that may have caused geologic faults to slip, U.S. government geologists report.
The average number of earthquakes of...
Warren Buffett has prostate cancer, sees no danger
2012-04-18 01:35:21 UTC
(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc Chief Executive Warren Buffett said he has stage 1 prostate cancer but his condition "is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way."
Buffett, the world's third-richest man, will begin a two-month treatment consisting of daily ra...
U.S. agents, military took up to 21 women to Colombia hotel
2012-04-18 01:19:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service agents and military personnel took as many as 21 women back to their hotel in Colombia in an incident last week involving alleged misconduct with prostitutes, a Republican senator said on Tuesday.
"There are 11 agents involved. Twenty or 21 women fore...
Obama has confidence in Secret Service chief: White House
2012-04-17 23:11:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has confidence in Secret Service director Mark Sullivan and believes he acted swiftly to deal with a scandal in Colombia where agents were alleged to have engaged in misconduct involving prostitutes, the White House said on Tuesday.
Eleven Secret S...
Drugs in Drinking Water
2012-04-17 08:41:29 UTC
Not just fluoride, which is bad enough - much of our drinking water, in the U.S., Canada and U.K. at least, is contaminated with Prozac and a "vast array" of other drugs.
And you wonder why everyone around is sleepwalking and/or sick?
A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, ant...
Analysis: Marine insurance: the stranglehold on Iran?
2012-04-17 08:07:37 UTC
HONG KONG/TOKYO (Reuters) - Marine insurance, or lack of it, may yet turn out to be the most effective sanction used by Western nations in 17 years of tightening the screws on Iran's nuclear program.
A European Union oil embargo on Iran, set to take effect in July, prohibits EU insurers from c...
U.S. looking at "all options" on North Korea as nuclear test looms
2012-04-17 07:59:52 UTC
SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is looking at "all options" as it seeks to discourage North Korea from conducting a third nuclear test, a senior U.S. military officer said on Tuesday, days after a failed long-range rocket launch by the North that drew international condemnation.
The U.N. S...
Fed tries to steer clear of controversial bond buys
2012-04-17 05:14:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is independent but it does not exist in a vacuum, as waning appetite at the central bank for contentious bond purchases suggests.
Minutes from the Fed's March meeting released this month showed support thinning for further bond purchases. Officia...
Bill Cosby: 'guns to blame, not race in Trayvon Martin case''
2012-04-17 03:37:04 UTC
Bill Cosby, the veteran US actor and comedian, spoke out on Sunday about the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, blaming his death on the prevalence of guns in the United States.
"We need to get rid of it on the streets. And if people have one, they should be chec...
Trayvon Martin case judge asked to step aside in Florida
2012-04-17 03:29:25 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - The Florida man accused of killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin asked the judge in the case to step aside on Monday because of a possible conflict of interest.
Defense lawyer Mark O'Mara's office said a motion was filed under seal with the Seminole County ...
Virginia Tech holds classes on five-year shooting anniversary
2012-04-17 03:21:41 UTC
BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Reuters) - Five years after a mentally ill student gunned down 32 people at Virginia Tech, the university held classes on Monday for the first time on the anniversary of the country's deadliest mass shooting and 10,000 mourners attended a nighttime vigil.
Panetta offers steps to curb sex assault in military
2012-04-17 01:34:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta proposed new action on Monday to crack down on sexual assault in the military, seeking to boost prosecution of the crime and send a signal that the Pentagon aims to confront what has become a persistent problem.
Panetta, after a meeting wit...
Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors
2012-04-17 00:39:27 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the black Florida teenager.
The extent of Zimmerma...