Obama plunges ahead toward Iran nuclear deal
2013-11-20 09:25:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of new talks, President Barack Obama is plunging ahead in search of a nuclear agreement with Iran despite outright opposition from American allies in the Middle East and deep skepticism, if not open hostility, from Con...
Albuquerque voters reject late-term abortion ban
2013-11-20 08:40:30 UTC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a closely watched, first-of-its kind municipal election, voters in New Mexico's largest city have soundly defeated a ban on late-term abortions.
Voters on Tuesday rejected the measure 55 percent to 45 percent followi...
Va. senator stabbed; son dies of apparent suicide
2013-11-20 07:15:27 UTC
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who rose to be gubernatorial nominee in 2009 despite his reserved demeanor and humble farmland roots, was stabbed early Tuesday, apparently by his son, police said.
486,750 sign petition to ban an American TV star from South Africa
2013-11-23 22:07:07 UTC
The petition, launched by Cape Town resident Elan Burman, includes a letter addressed to Director General Mkuseli Apleni and other South African officials.
"She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation this country prides its...
Mo. Supreme Court denies Franklin's appeal
2013-11-19 20:22:38 UTC
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away appeals on behalf of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, hours before Franklin's scheduled execution, leaving few options to spare his life.
The court declined...
VP Biden arrives on economic mission in Panama
2013-11-19 09:13:44 UTC
PANAMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden has arrived in Panama for an economic mission that will include touring the Panama Canal expansion project.
Biden has said the $5.2 billion project scheduled to be completed by 2015 presents a...
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...
New allegation made against Zimmerman in court
2013-11-19 21:36:25 UTC
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's girlfriend said he tried to choke her about a week ago during an altercation that wasn't initially reported to police, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday during his first court appearance on domestic violence...
Germany: The Americans need to come clean
2013-11-18 23:49:44 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the relationship between Germany and the United States as well as the future of a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement have been "put to the test" by allegations of massive spying by the U.S...
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...
Senate showdown over military sexual assault bill
2013-11-18 08:43:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command f...
Army scrapping 4 US chemical weapons incinerators
2013-11-17 09:31:53 UTC
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states — some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill.
Now, with all those chemicals ...
White mayor, black wife: NYC shatters an image
2013-11-17 09:29:02 UTC
Another milestone is passing in America's racial journey: The next mayor of New York City is a white man with a black wife.
Even in a nation with a biracial president, where interracial marriage is more accepted and common than ever, Bill de Bl...
Ryan in Iowa, O'Malley in NH with all eyes on 2016
2013-11-17 09:26:58 UTC
ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Governors get things done.
That's the message from state leaders who are considering a White House run as Washington slips deeper into political paralysis.
Ambitious governors long have cast their accomplishments in cont...
Obamas, Clintons to visit JFK gravesite Wednesday
2013-11-17 09:20:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit John F. Kennedy's gravesite and honor two of Kennedy's lasting initiatives as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of his assassination in the coming week.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, wi...
Legal wrangling ahead in Mich. porch shooting case
2013-11-17 09:18:39 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — The way Renisha Marie McBride's young life ended Nov. 2 is not in dispute: A homeowner in suburban Detroit fatally shot the 19-year-old in the face as she stood on his porch before the sun came up.
Almost every other aspect of th...
US officials: Nuke deal offers Iran minor relief
2013-11-16 06:29:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran would get only minor relief from economic sanctions under an international proposal to prevent it from producing nuclear weapons, two Obama administration officials said Friday, seeking to calm concerns in Israel and on Capi...
Obama relying more on immigration rule changes
2013-11-15 20:27:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will allow some relatives of U.S. service members living in the country illegally to stay, according to a policy directive issued Friday.
The nine-page memorandum is the latest in a series of immigrati...
Bodies in California believed to be missing family
2013-11-16 06:29:00 UTC
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Four skeletons found in shallow graves in the Southern California desert are believed to be those of a San Diego County family that vanished three years ago, police said Friday, resolving one mystery and raising a hos...
Government speeds research on car safety systems
2013-11-15 09:34:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't properly buckled in.
Officials also said Thursday that they expect to decide by ...
Secret Service facing another sex scandal
2013-11-15 09:32:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 18 months after a prostitution scandal in South America rocked the Secret Service, the agency in charge of protecting the president is investigating another case of suspected sexual misconduct in its ranks.
From Obama, a blunt acceptance of blame
2013-11-14 21:27:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Again and again, President Barack Obama on Thursday shouldered the blame for his botched health care rollout in unusually blunt terms — a step many of his critics contend was long overdue.
He said he "fumbled" the health care ...
Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans
2013-11-14 21:07:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — State insurance commissioners are voicing serious concerns about President Barack Obama's plan to stave off cancellations for people whose individual policies don't comply with the new health care law.
In a statement Thursday,...
Kerry: Any Iran nuclear deal will be 'failsafe'
2013-11-14 16:46:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that any deal negotiated with Iran will be "failsafe" and will guarantee that Tehran will not have the capacity to develop nuclear weapons.
Trying to reassure skeptical lawmakers and...
2 Secret Service supervisors under probe
2013-11-14 05:28:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. Secret Service officers are under investigation and have been removed from President Barack Obama's detail following allegations of misconduct, according to The Washington Post.
The allegations do not appear to involv...