Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, mourned world over
2013-12-06 06:39:46 UTC
In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people aroun...
Biden spotlights China treatment of US journalists
2013-12-05 16:53:23 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Casting a spotlight on China's controls on the media, Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S. journalists working in Beijing Thursday after publicly criticizing how they're treated by China's government.
Closing a two-day trip to ...
Obama: Income inequality a defining challenge
2013-12-04 18:31:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama turned his focus Wednesday to the pocketbook issues that Americans consistently rank as a top concern, arguing that the dream of upward economic mobility is breaking down and the growing income gap is a "de...
Detroit Bankruptcy: The City Needs Help
2013-12-03 18:05:09 UTC
A federal judge announced on Tuesday that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection – the first time in US history that a major city has been declared bust.
Judge Steven Rhodes of the United States bankruptcy court rejected an attempt by th...
VP Biden opens weeklong Asia trip with Tokyo stop
2013-12-02 20:32:47 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has opened a weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. is still committed to increasing its engagement and influence in the region.
Biden arrived in Tokyo on Monday evening and was being met by Car...
NTSB: Train going too fast at curve before wreck
2013-12-03 04:36:51 UTC
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanic...
White House: On track for health care website goal
2013-12-01 06:50:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will meet its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled health care website so that 50,000 people can log in at the same time starting late Saturday. Yet questions remain about the stability of...
Stocks rise as Black Friday shopping push unfolds
2013-11-29 17:36:46 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers led stocks higher in holiday-shortened trading Friday, putting the market on track for another strong month.
Retailers were among the leading gainers as the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, got underway....
Illinois gay couple to be first to marry
2013-11-28 05:49:23 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — In a short ceremony inside their Chicago apartment, two beaming brides made Illinois history Wednesday as they became the first gay couple to wed under the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage.
The law approved last week ...
Advocates press Obama to act on immigration
2013-11-27 08:14:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates are frustrated with the failure of House Republicans to tackle immigration. Increasingly, their focus is on President Barack Obama.
The outside groups are demanding that Obama use his powers as chief executive to sto...
US pleads for release of ex-FBI agent held in Iran
2013-11-27 01:53:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday made a holiday appeal to Iran to return a retired FBI agent and two other Americans being held in the country.
Robert Levinson, the former FBI agent, disappeared during a business trip to Iran's Kish...
Former hostages react to Iran's nuclear deal
2013-11-26 20:03:05 UTC
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — To some of the Americans subjected to mock executions and other torment during more than a year as hostages in Iran more than 30 years ago, it seems like a mistake to trust the regime in Tehran to keep its promises in a nuclear ...
Newtown gunman Adam Lanza had 'obsession' for Columbine
2013-11-25 21:17:58 UTC
<h3>The gunman who killed 26 people at a Connecticut school last December had "an obsession" with the 1999 Columbine massacre, an official report has found.</h3>
Police said there was evidence that Adam Lanza had planned the shooting, which too...
Facebook CEO Says Government "Blew It" with NSA Spying
2013-11-25 20:46:40 UTC
Palo Alto — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) needs to find a balance between protecting the country and staying transparent -- but he didn't say it in that nice of a way.
According to ABC News, Zuckerb...
JFK's daughter says his spirit lives on
2013-11-24 09:59:44 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — The daughter of President John F. Kennedy said that his spirit lives on even though his life was cut short.
Caroline Kennedy, who is the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, said in an interview published in Japan's Yomiuri newspaper Sund...
Anniversary of JFK death brings sadness, solemnity
2013-11-23 03:29:44 UTC
DALLAS (AP) — It was the same time, 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. It was the same place, downtown Dallas.
But 50 years later, the thousands of people who filled Dealey Plaza weren't there to cheer but to remember in quiet sadness the young, hand...
Senate panel advances Yellen's bid to lead Fed
2013-11-22 09:50:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.
The Senate Banking Committee appr...
Boehner signs on to 'Obamacare' after delay, tweet
2013-11-22 05:39:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Being speaker of the House doesn't make it any easier to sign up for health care coverage using the troubled federal website. Just ask John Boehner.
The Ohio Republican says he had to re-start the process several times while s...
Fla. bullying case: Charges dropped against teens
2013-11-21 07:49:12 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against two teenage girls whom a sheriff had accused of bullying a Florida classmate who later committed suicide, the girls' attorneys said Wednesday.
Last month, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd ann...
Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stay for now
2013-11-20 09:34:22 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A third of Texas' abortion clinics will stay closed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in an ongoing legal dispute over a tough new law that Planned Parenthood claims unconstitutionally restricts women's rights...
Obama seeks 2nd chance for UN disabilities pact
2013-11-19 09:10:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pushing for ratification of a U.N. accord on the rights of the disabled less than a year after Senate Republicans rejected pleas for its passage from two former GOP presidential nominees and delivered ...
Forecasts, warnings spared lives from tornadoes
2013-11-19 00:47:12 UTC
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — When a cluster of violent thunderstorms began marching across the Midwest, forecasters were able to draw a bright line on a map showing where the worst of the weather would go.
Their uncannily accurate predictions — comb...
GOP sees health care law as big 2014 opportunity
2013-11-17 09:25:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his West Virginia district, the TV ads attacking Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall over the calamitous startup of President Barack Obama's health care law have already begun.
The 19-term veteran, a perennial target in a GOP-shift...
Defying veto threat, House OKs health law change
2013-11-16 06:22:54 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brushing aside a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted by a healthy bipartisan majority Friday to weaken a core component of "Obamacare" and permit the sale of individual health coverage that falls short ...
US officials: Nuke deal offers Iran minor relief
2013-11-16 06:29:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran would get only minor relief from economic sanctions under an international proposal to prevent it from producing nuclear weapons, two Obama administration officials said Friday, seeking to calm concerns in Israel and on Capi...