Turkey's 'standing man' to join ranks of icons?
2013-06-19 15:57:35 UTC
The image was stark: a silent, solitary figure standing in passive defiance to the Turkish prime minister's demand for protesters to clear Taksim Square in central Istanbul.
The challenge by performance artist Erdem Gunduz is catching on ...
Study finds housing bias against same-sex couples
2013-06-19 06:15:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples are treated less favorably than heterosexual couples when seeking information about rental housing advertised over the Internet, according to a first-of-its-kind national study from the Department of Hous...
Bieber behind wheel as car hits man in Hollywood
2013-06-19 05:30:49 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video shows Justin Bieber running into a photographer with his white Ferrari in Hollywood, but police say there was no crime and the injuries aren't life-threatening.
Lt. Craig Valenzuela says Bieber's car collided with the...
Gov't report: Smooth launch unsure for health law
2013-06-19 05:28:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's no guarantee that President Barack Obama's health care law will launch smoothly and on time, congressional investigators say in the first in-depth independent look at its progress.
But in a report to be release...
Civil rights groups sue NYPD over Muslim spying
2013-06-18 17:32:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights lawyers will urge a federal judge to declare the New York Police Department's widespread spying programs directed at Muslims to be unconstitutional, order police to stop their surveillance and destroy any recor...
Wake-up call: Starbucks to post calorie counts
2013-06-18 16:12:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks has a new way to wake up its customers: showing the calories in its drinks.
The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start posting calorie counts on menu boards nationwide next week, ahead of a federal regulat...
White House threatens veto of anti-abortion bill
2013-06-18 05:04:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is threatening to veto a measure being considered by House Republicans that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks.
The legislation expected to pass the Republican-c...
Second City co-founder brought intellect to comedy
2013-06-18 04:34:07 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Comedy fans know the names — John Belushi, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Joan Rivers — but before those famous faces graced Hollywood movies or the "Saturday Night Live" stage they were discovered by Bernie Sahlins, co-founder ...
Guardian: Snowden won't return voluntarily to US
2013-06-17 18:10:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden is defending his disclosure of top-secret U.S. spying programs in an online chat Monday with The Guardian and is attacking U.S. officials for calling him a traitor.
"The U.S. government is not g...
Pro-Obama group airing health ads
2013-06-17 18:04:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — An outside group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda plans to air a series of ads this summer promoting Obama's health care overhaul.
Organizing for Action intends to spend at least $1 million this summer on ads t...
High court to hear NJ housing discrimination case
2013-06-17 17:37:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on another dispute involving race, deciding whether people must prove they were victims of intentional housing discrimination to win lawsuits under federal law.
With highly antic...
Court hears arguments on NYC's big soda ban
2013-06-17 04:38:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A state appeals court panel had few sweet words Tuesday for a city health regulation that would fight diabetes and obesity by setting a size limit on sugary beverages sold in restaurants.
The four justices peppered a city ...
Court hearing on hold over lung transplant rules
2013-06-17 04:37:16 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A court hearing over organ donor matches involving children is on hold after the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl at the center of the lawsuit received a lung transplant.
Sarah Murnaghan is recovering after receiving adul...
Bites derided as unreliable in court
2013-06-17 04:35:43 UTC
At least 24 men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks on the flesh of victims have been exonerated since 2000, many after spending more than a decade in prison. Now a judge's ruling later this month in New York could h...
New lungs buy time but don't cure cystic fibrosis
2013-06-17 04:34:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who fought for a lung transplant has a difficult journey ahead. The transplant isn't a cure for her cystic fibrosis, and new lungs don't tend to last as long as other transplanted organs.
Whole Foods revises employee language policy
2013-06-16 17:46:05 UTC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing threats of national boycotts from Latino groups and a slew of online petitions, Whole Foods announced Friday that the organic grocery chain has revised its employee language policy following the suspension of ...
Report: Assaults increase on rangers, park police
2013-06-16 17:30:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Park rangers, wildlife refuge workers and U.S. Park Police experienced more assaults and threats from visitors last year than in 2011, according to a group that represents federal resource workers.
A total of 591 inciden...
UN climate talks marred by decision-making spat
2013-06-16 04:59:38 UTC
BONN, Germany (AP) — U.N. climate talks have hit a stumbling block that some delegates say poses a serious challenge to their already slow-moving attempt to craft a global response to climate change.
As the latest negotiation session en...
Court ruling may open up breast cancer gene tests
2013-06-16 04:56:20 UTC
A ruling by the Supreme Court that human genes can't be patented is expected to increase access and drop the cost for tests for gene mutations that greatly raise the risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
In a bit of a mixed messa...
Poll: Most men aspire to be dads
2013-06-16 04:50:14 UTC
A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll found more than 8 in 10 men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they'd like to be one someday.
Debates about the different ways women approach motherhood dominate news coverage about pa...
Divers begin Lake Michigan search for Griffin ship
2013-06-16 04:49:08 UTC
ON LAKE MICHIGAN NEAR POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Divers began opening an underwater pit Saturday at a remote site in northern Lake Michigan that they say could be the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century Fre...
Week 1 of James 'Whitey' Bulger's trial complete
2013-06-16 04:45:51 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — One of the FBI's Most Wanted for more than a decade, James "Whitey" Bulger went on trial this week. Here's a look back at the first week of the racketeering trial of a man who prosecutors say participated in 19 killings.
Chicago to hire 600 for school safe-passage routes
2013-06-16 04:43:57 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago, which plans to close dozens of schools this summer to save money, has received 11,000 requests for help getting children to their new schools along safe-passage routes.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturd...
Obama: Being a good father isn't easy
2013-06-15 17:12:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there's no substitute for the love and support that fathers provide.
In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama is wishing Americans a happy Father's Day. He's laments that his own father was...
Jeb Bush: Immigrants 'more fertile,' fuel economy
2013-06-15 17:07:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told religious conservatives Friday that the future of the nation's economy depends upon immigrants in part because they "are more fertile" and create more businesses than native-born Americans....