Milestones for Guantanamo Bay detention center
2013-05-24 04:41:11 UTC
President Barack Obama on Thursday reaffirmed his 2008 campaign promise to close the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where terror suspects have been held since 2002, and begin the transfer of some prisoners to other countries. A...
IRS replaces official in tea party controversy
2013-05-24 04:34:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving quickly to stem a raging controversy, the new acting head of the Internal Revenue Service started cleaning house Thursday by replacing the supervisor who oversaw agents involved in targeting tea party groups.
Anti-war protester shouts at Obama during speech
2013-05-24 04:24:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was interrupted three times by a woman who shouted about drones and detainees in Cuba as he delivered a speech on national security.
The woman was identified as Medea Benjamin from the anti-war group C...
Obama: New guidelines in place for drone strikes
2013-05-24 04:23:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he has signed new policy guidelines to oversee when the U.S. can use drone strikes against suspected terrorists.
Obama says clear guidelines, oversight and accountability are spelled out in "policy ...
4 Americans killed since 2009 in US drone strikes
2013-05-23 04:20:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration acknowledged publicly for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 in Pakistan and Yemen. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a ...
Soldier charged with videotaping women
2013-05-23 04:15:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army sergeant has been charged with secretly photographing and videotaping at least a dozen women at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, including in a bathroom.
The Army said Wednesday that Sgt. 1st Class Michae...
Union power at issue as Garcetti elected LA mayor
2013-05-23 04:13:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The incoming mayor of Los Angeles was able to defeat a fellow Democrat by depicting her as a pawn of utility union bosses in a city long friendly to labor, an outcome expected to echo beyond California as unions nationw...
First lady lauds effort to preserve DC slave house
2013-05-22 17:56:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says stories of toil and sweat by slaves once housed at a historic home within sight of the White House are an important part of U.S. history that must be preserved for future generations.
The first lady com...
US can keep bin Laden photos under wraps
2013-05-22 05:01:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court Tuesday backed the U.S. government's decision not to release photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden during and after a raid in which the terrorist leader was killed by U.S. commandos.
Early vote points to close race as LA picks mayor
2013-05-22 04:58:46 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An early count of mail-in ballots Tuesday pointed to a close race for Los Angeles mayor.
The tally pegged city Councilman Eric Garcetti at 49 percent and city Controller Wendy Greuel at 51 percent, with about 2,400 vote...
FBI ID's Benghazi suspects _ but no arrests yet
2013-05-22 04:56:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has identified five men who might be responsible for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, and has enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists, of...
Policy, discretion guide media sources probes
2013-05-22 04:52:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a rare moment in relations between the media and the government: In 2008, FBI Director Robert Mueller called the top editors at The New York Times and The Washington Post to apologize because the bureau had impro...
Senate votes to make small cut to food stamps
2013-05-22 04:50:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a $400 million annual cut — or roughly a half of 1 percent — to the food stamp program as part of a major five-year farm bill.
Food stamps now cost almost $80 billion annually and are use...
Search for tornado survivors nearly complete
2013-05-21 23:48:21 UTC
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Helmeted rescue workers raced Tuesday to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives, in...
NBC Pre-Empts Voice Recap for Oklahoma Tornado Coverage
2013-05-21 23:32:22 UTC
NBC will replace a recap episode of The Voice's top 10 performances Tuesday night with a live special on the Oklahoma tornado, which killed at least 24 people Monday. The special, hosted by Brian Williams, will air on NBC, MSNBC and The Weather Ch...
GOP leaders say impeachment talk premature
2013-05-21 04:46:06 UTC
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Republican National Committee chairman and a leading conservative, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, urged caution Monday for Republican critics calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment, but would not rule out impeach...
More Obama aides knew of IRS audit; Obama not told
2013-05-21 04:25:07 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior advisers knew in late April that an impending report was likely to say the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, President Barack Obama's spokesman...
IG: ex-US Attorney retaliated in Fast and Furiou
2013-05-20 18:18:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's inspector general says the U.S. Attorney in Arizona violated department policy by providing Fox News with information apparently aimed at undercutting the credibility of a federal agent who helped rev...
Kerry challenges Congress on diplomats' security
2013-05-20 17:59:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry challenged Congress on Monday to go beyond its investigations of embassy security and help ensure that U.S. embassies and consulates abroad have the resources they need for appropriate security...
Weeklong traffic mess possible after CT derailment
2013-05-20 04:43:52 UTC
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Traffic in southwest Connecticut could be a mess for as much as a week until service is restored to the commuter rail line affected by a derailment that injured scores of passengers, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned Sund...
Texas senior, 18, bags 800-pound record alligator
2013-05-19 06:52:44 UTC
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area high school senior has bagged a 14-foot, 800 pound alligator — the heaviest ever certified in Texas — on his first alligator hunt.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say 18-year-old Braxton Bielski bag...
Unemployment falls in 40 US states, rises in 3
2013-05-17 17:56:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states last month, the most since November. The declines show the job market is improving throughout most of the country.
The Labor Department said Friday that un...
House immigration group reaches a deal
2013-05-17 04:38:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of House members announced a deal Thursday on sweeping immigration legislation, a breakthrough that could boost chances for one of President Barack Obama's top second-term priorities.
It came after mon...
Another round for the House on 'Obamacare'
2013-05-17 04:32:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House voted yet again Thursday to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it.
Only months away from the rollout of coverage for...
Congress rethinks 9/11 law on military force
2013-05-17 04:22:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is rethinking the broad authority it gave the president to wage a war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in light of how President Barack Obama has used the power to target suspected terrorists...