Tea party challengers struggle to continue success
2014-03-08 09:53:35 UTC
Four years after the tea party rocked the political world by ousting several prominent Republicans in Congress, the ultra-conservative movement finds itself with slimmer prospects as it moves into the new election season.
In Tuesday's first-in-...
Huckabee: Obama has diminished American might
2014-03-08 09:51:17 UTC
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says the United States' standing in the world has diminished under President Barack Obama, and its next leader faces a tough task in rebuilding America's might.
Huckabee on Friday has tol...
The time change: Move clocks ahead 1 hour
2014-03-08 09:01:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter has dragged on in much of the country, but here's a sign spring is close at hand: Daylight saving time arrives this weekend.
Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night. ...
Congress set to take 1st steps on Ukraine, Russia
2014-03-07 09:12:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives was poised Thursday to pass the first aid bill for Ukraine's new, pro-Western government, while both chambers of Congress looked to advance legislation imposing hard-hitting sanctions on Russian Presi...
Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
2014-03-07 09:09:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in C...
House backs bill to delay health care penalty
2014-03-05 21:21:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday backed a one-year delay in the penalty that individuals would have to pay for failing to sign up for health insurance, the 50th time Republicans have forced a vote to repeal, gut or change the law champione...
Senate blocks Obama's pick for civil rights post
2014-03-05 21:12:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan Senate opposition blocked swift confirmation Wednesday for President Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights division, the emotional residue of the long-ago murder of a Philadelphia policema...
US taking steps to help NATO allies in Europe
2014-03-05 20:44:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to support the defenses of U.S. allies in Europe in response to Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Sec...
Obama to appeal to Democrats in 2015 budget
2014-03-03 22:13:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is releasing a new budget plan that strives for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, dropping cuts to Social Security and seeking more money for infrastructure, education and job t...
US calls any threat to Ukraine navy 'dangerous'
2014-03-03 19:24:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Monday that any Russian threat to Ukraine's navy would be a "dangerous escalation" of an extremely tense situation .
The State Department said that Washington would hold Moscow directly accountabl...
Walloped again: Another storm hits much of US
2014-03-03 19:07:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoor...
Boy, 8, dies after East Price Hill shooting
2014-03-02 07:41:38 UTC
EAST PRICE HILL — An 8-year-old boy died Saturday after he was fatally shot by his brother in an apparent accident, according to Cincinnati Police Department officials.
The child, Sammy Lorenzo, and his two brothers were visiting an uncle in th...
Deal could allow gays in Boston St. Pat's parade
2014-03-02 07:35:23 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — The St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston is easing its two-decade ban on gay organizations under a tentative deal to allow them to march in an event that once went to the Supreme Court to keep gays out, a marriage equality group said S...
Senator John McCain: “We Are All Ukrainians”
2014-03-01 23:24:37 UTC
<h3>In an interview with TIME, the Arizona Senator said Obama is “naive” about Putin’s ambitions “to restore the Russian empire”</h3>
In response to reports of a Russian takeover in parts of Crimea, Arizona Senator John McCain said, “We are all...
California soaked but little drought help, damage
2014-03-01 10:04:38 UTC
AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — A storm that brought some of the highest rainfall totals to the Los Angeles area in years, including eight inches on some mountains, was just the beginning of what the region needs to pull out of a major drought.
Clinton advisers sought to soften her image
2014-03-01 10:01:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's advisers sought to "humanize" what they saw as her stern, defensive public image during her husband's White House days and as she embarked on her groundbreaking Senate campaign in New York.
"Be real," ...
Obama frames populist theme for Dems in 2014
2014-03-01 00:25:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Striking a decidedly partisan tone, President Barack Obama sought Friday to define this year's elections as a stark choice between Republicans pushing failed policies from a bygone era and Democrats advocating freedom and opportu...
Texas gay marriage ban latest to be struck down
2014-02-27 08:01:38 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional on Wednesday, but will allow the nation's second-most populous state to enforce the law pending an appeal that will likely go t...
Arizona religious bill that angered gays vetoed
2014-02-27 07:39:08 UTC
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders fr...
U.S. Army study gives women taste of combat tasks
2014-02-26 11:17:33 UTC
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Standing just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top ...
Michael Taylor has been executed by Missouri shortly after midnight
2014-02-26 09:51:02 UTC
Missouri has gone ahead with executing a death-row prisoner using a drug from an unspecified source. The lethal injection of pentobarbital used to kill Michael Taylor, 47, who raped and murdered a teenage girl in 1989, was presumed to have been bo...
Urban students take their best shots at squash
2014-02-25 08:58:38 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sakora Miller remembers being puzzled when a group of strangers visited her gym class in tough west Philadelphia and offered to teach them a sport.
Everyone already knew how to play basketball, the most popular game in the n...
US prosecutors jockeying to try captured drug lord
2014-02-25 08:34:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, even though it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to this country to fac...
Senators hit rivals hard and fast in GOP primaries
2014-02-25 08:28:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.
These senators ...
High court rejects NRA appeals
2014-02-24 19:53:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from the National Rifle Association which complained about resistance by governments and judges to the high court's recent seminal rulings declaring that Americans have a constitutional r...