San Francisco firefighters stop big blaze spread
2014-03-12 06:02:41 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO - A fast-moving fire that consumed a large apartment building under construction in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood burned into the night Tuesday, but firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to nearby structu...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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...
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...
Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact
2014-03-05 20:40:30 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.
During a meeting at the Computer History Muse...
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...
Netanyahu vows tough line for White House talks
2014-03-02 21:33:25 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister headed to Washington on Sunday for a high-stakes meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begi...
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...
AP Exclusive: Phone system failed in LAX shooting
2014-02-27 07:47:18 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles International Airport police dispatcher who received a call seconds after a gunman opened fire last year didn't know where to send officers because no one was on the line and the airport communications system d...
Obama: No troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014
2014-02-26 10:57:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year. But Obama is also holding out hope that Afg...
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...
600-plus business groups press for immigration
2014-02-25 21:46:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 600 business organizations, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Apple to McDonald's, have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) pressing him to move on immigration legislation this year.
The 636 gro...
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...
Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget
2014-02-24 19:45:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war.
Mixed signals over in-flight use of cellphones
2014-02-22 08:46:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to deciding whether airline passengers can use their cellphones in flight, federal agencies are sending different signals to consumers.
The Transportation Department, which regulates aviation consumer issues, ind...
California farmers brace for little or no water
2014-02-21 09:04:06 UTC
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce Friday how much water they can release this year through a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs, but Central Valley farmers on the front lines of California's historic drought expect...