In Iowa, Ted Cruz embraces his religious side
2014-03-19 02:55:30 UTC
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Known nationally as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz channeled his pastor father and displayed his religious side Tuesday, telling an influential group of Iowa home school advocates that America was founded o...
Immigrant activists push to stop deportations
2014-03-18 17:17:10 UTC
DENVER (AP) — Late last year members of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition acknowledged that there was little hope Congress would pass much-anticipated legislation granting citizenship to people in the U.S. illegally. So the group stopped lobby...
US closes Syrian embassy in Washington
2014-03-18 16:42:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration ordered the Syrian government on Tuesday to suspend its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, requiring all personnel who are not legal U.S residents to leave the country.
The order, t...
Obama invites G7 leaders for meeting on Ukraine
2014-03-18 14:16:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is gathering allied leaders for a meeting in Europe next week to discuss further action in response to Russia's involvement in Ukraine.
White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Obama on Tuesday invite...
Illinois voters to pick GOP governor nominee
2014-03-18 06:59:09 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois voters will choose a Republican on Tuesday to try to win back the governor's office in a race that already has drawn intense interest from labor unions worried that the leading candidate could weaken them in the same way GO...
Biden heads to Europe to send signal to Putin
2014-03-18 06:49:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Europe to send a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) about his intervention in Ukraine.
Biden leaves Monday evening for Warsaw, where he'll meet Tuesday with Poli...
US factory output rose in Feb. by most in 6 months
2014-03-17 18:16:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output rebounded strongly in February after harsh winter storms caused a steep drop-off in production in January. Manufacturers produced more autos, home electronics and chemicals.
The Federal Reserve said Monday ...
Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles
2014-03-17 17:59:57 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pre-dawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin on Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.
The 4.4-magnitude quake was centered 2 mile...
Ukraine penalty: US, Europe order Russia sanctions
2014-03-17 21:35:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsuccessful with previous threats, the United States and its European allies stepped up their pressure on Russia to end its intervention in Ukraine on Monday by imposing the most comprehensive sanctions against Russian officials...
Obama's promise to review deportations has risks
2014-03-15 08:40:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new promise to seek ways to ease his administration's rate of deportations aims to mollify angry immigrant advocates but carries risks for a White House that has insisted it has little recourse.
Russia and west on collision course
2014-03-14 17:36:17 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Washington and the international community won't recognize the outcome of Sunday's referendum in Crimea on seceding from Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday after six hours of talks with Russia's foreign minister....
Boehner questions Senate unemployment deal
2014-03-14 17:23:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner questioned the feasibility of a bipartisan Senate deal to renew expired benefits for the long-term unemployed, a remark that seemed to suggest the agreement could be in trouble in the House.
Under pressure, Obama vows to examine deportations
2014-03-14 17:34:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are warning that any steps President Barack Obama takes to bypass Congress to ease deportations of immigrants illegally in the United States would severely hurt chances of overhauling the nation's immigration laws.
9/11 mastermind: spokesman had no military role
2014-03-17 06:08:36 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks says a onetime Osama bin Laden spokesman who is on trial in New York had no role in planning military operations for al-Qaida.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said in a statement file...
Obama : Russia will " pay the price "
2014-03-13 06:22:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Counting down to a high-stakes Crimean referendum, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. would "completely reject" a vote opening the door for the strategic Ukrainian peninsula to join Russia if the election goe...
Investigators seek cause of San Francisco fire
2014-03-13 06:22:34 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire investigators on Wednesday were looking into whether welding work was to blame for a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site, threatening nearby structures and prompting evacuations as ...
White House told of CIA move against Senate aides
2014-03-13 06:21:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's director and its top lawyer told White House attorneys in advance about their plans to file an official criminal complaint accusing Senate Intelligence Committee aides of improperly obtaining secret agency documents, th...
APNewsBreak: Defense contractor to plead guilty
2014-03-12 05:17:42 UTC
HONOLULU (AP) — A civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend half his age will be entering a guilty plea, his attorney said Tuesday.
Benjamin Bishop was expected to plead guilty in federal court on Th...
Republican Jolly wins Fla. congressional race
2014-03-12 05:12:04 UTC
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Barack Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterm elections and both sides ...
EU seeks to ban U.S. from using European names
2014-03-12 05:16:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.
As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgon...
Obama hams it up for health care on Funny or Die
2014-03-11 17:28:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hamming it up online to promote his health care plan.
Obama joked Tuesday with comedian Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed "Hangover Part III" during an interview on the we...
Man convicted of slaying 7 awarded nearly $500K
2014-03-10 06:57:09 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — A former handyman serving life in prison for the 1993 murder of seven people at a suburban Chicago restaurant has been awarded nearly a half-million dollars in a civil lawsuit in which he alleged a jail guard punched him in the face...
A powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes off North California
2014-03-10 16:43:51 UTC
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A very strong earthquake that struck offshore rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damage.
AP Exclusive: Counties undermine prison efforts
2014-03-08 21:37:42 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second fe...
US job gain despite freeze raises economic hopes
2014-03-08 10:03:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn't faze U.S. employers, who added 175,000 jobs, far more than the two previous months.
Modest but steady job ...