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...
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...
Russian-US 'Megatons to Megawatts' draws to a close
2013-12-04 10:57:56 UTC
Russia started last week to draw the curtains on a 20-year-old nuclear non-proliferation program as it began to package its last batch of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to the United States under the long-standing “Megatons to Megawatts” program to co...
At 11th hour, Congress debates plastic gun ban
2013-12-03 18:45:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons...
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...
VP Biden trying to show US still focused on Asia
2013-11-30 20:13:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's up to Vice President Joe Biden to show that the U.S. effort to realign its gaze toward Asia hasn't fizzled out.
Biden is set to arrive Monday in Tokyo on a weeklong trip to Asia, which is watching carefully to see how com...
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...
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...
Marathon Iran nuke talks, asterisk and 'Danny Boy'
2013-11-27 08:24:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Way past midnight at an upscale Swiss hotel, negotiations hit the nitty-gritty on a breakthrough deal about Iran's nuclear program. There was a flurry of calls with the White House, pizza and talk about a tiny, but critical, aste...
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...
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."
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...
News media protest White House press access limits
2013-11-22 09:02:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of leading news organizations are protesting to the White House against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, tw...
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...
Reagan's role in NSA's hack of Google and Yahoo
2013-11-21 19:11:42 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Back when Yahoo was something hollered at a rodeo and no one could conceive of Googling anything, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas, allowing br...
Radel pleads guilty to cocaine charge, takes leave
2013-11-21 07:19:02 UTC
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel said Wednesday he was taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and receiving a...
Kerry: US and Karzai agree on language for pact
2013-11-21 07:15:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Afghanistan have agreed on the language of a bilateral security pact that could clear the way for thousands of U.S. troops to train and assist Afghan forces after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014.
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 ...
NSA vowed repeatedly to fix its collection errors
2013-11-19 09:09:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency reported its own violations of surveillance rules to a U.S. intelligence court and promised additional safety measures to prevent similar missteps over and over again, according to more than 1,000 pag...
White House pushes to loosen Gitmo transfer rules
2013-11-18 08:47:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing to overcome obstacles to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, an elusive goal which has frustrated him since he took office. That is setting the White House on a collision course with Congress in i...