US fast-food workers staging nationwide strike
2013-12-05 21:05:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.
Organizers say employees planned to forgo work in 100 cities, with rallies set fo...
Obama to feds: Boost renewable power 20 percent
2013-12-05 17:13:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percen...
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...
Newtown 911 dispatcher urged callers to take cover
2013-12-04 18:34:35 UTC
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that were released Wednesday show town dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover, mobilized help and asked about the welfare of the children as gu...
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...
European, US authorities take control of websites
2013-12-02 19:26:39 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Europol says American and European authorities have taken control of 690 websites that were selling counterfeit merchandise.
The European police coordination agency said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had teamed u...
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...
US: American fighters in Syria a security risk
2013-12-01 07:02:52 UTC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials say Americans are joining the bloody civil war in Syria, raising the chances they could become radicalized by al-Qaida-linked militant groups and return to the U.S. as battle-hardened security risks.
Americans kick off first holiday shopping weekend
2013-11-30 19:54:26 UTC
Millions of Americans turned out as the holiday buying season started earlier this year on Thanksgiving Day. But there's still a lot of shopping left.
While figures aren't yet available on how many people shopped on the first two days of the ho...
Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates
2013-11-30 08:11:15 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of v...
Obama visits protesters fasting in support of immigration reform
2013-11-30 06:15:48 UTC
Washington (CNN) - President Obama paid a visit Friday to a group of activists who have been fasting for weeks in the hopes of pressuring Congress to pass new immigration laws.
The President and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, visited the ...
Shoppers head out for Black Thursday
2013-11-29 07:32:24 UTC
Black Thursday officially took over.
The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier this year, as at least a dozen national retail chains from Macy's to Gap to Target opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day. The holiday openings came despi...
Balloons, spirits soar at NYC Thanksgiving parade
2013-11-28 18:14:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The big balloons soared along with the crowd's spirits Thursday as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City.
There'd been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 gian...
Plan calls for ship to destroy weapons
2013-11-28 09:15:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Destroying Syria's deadliest chemical weapons on land would come with vexing diplomatic and security problems as well as environmental issues. To avoid those potential troubles, U.S. officials say, the Obama administration is exp...
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 ...
US offering to destroy Syrian chemicals at sea
2013-11-27 21:20:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria's deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a nearly 700-foot, U.S. government-owned ship.
The plan, still subject to final appro...
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 ...
Obama pushes back against critics of Iran deal
2013-11-25 23:37:37 UTC
San Francisco (AP) — Pushing back hard, President Barack Obama forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran's disputed nuclear program on Monday, declaring that the United States "cannot close the door on diplomacy."
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...
Studies provide no certainty in shipwreck search
2013-11-24 19:30:33 UTC
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five months after divers searched a remote section of Lake Michigan for a mysterious 17th century ship and retrieved a wooden slab the group leader believes is part of the vessel, it's still uncertain whether they are o...
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...