Icy winter storm shuts down North Texas
2013-12-06 22:07:00 UTC
DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses...
Solid US job growth cuts unemployment to 7 pct.
2013-12-06 22:02:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market has been recovering fitfully for three years. Now, it's starting to show consistency.
Employers added 203,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, a five-year low. Stock investors ...
US fast-food workers staging nationwide strike
2013-12-05 21:05:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.
Organizers say employees planned to forgo work in 100 cities, with rallies set fo...
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...
Newtown 911 dispatcher urged callers to take cover
2013-12-04 18:34:35 UTC
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that were released Wednesday show town dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover, mobilized help and asked about the welfare of the children as gu...
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...
AP Exclusive: Judge says he broke ethics code
2013-12-03 23:44:49 UTC
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" said Tuesday that he deserves to be censured but not removed from the bench for the remarks.
Clinton: Better rules needed on spying
2013-12-03 22:15:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Clinton is calling for clarity in how countries gather intelligence.
And when it comes to secretly monitoring the telephone conversations or emails of world leaders, Clinton says that during his presidency it depended on ...
Obama's Kenyan-born uncle allowed to remain in US
2013-12-03 22:03:10 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, was granted permission to stay in the U.S. on Tuesday.
Judge Leonard Shapiro made the decision after Onyango Obama, 69, testifi...
Detroit Bankruptcy: The City Needs Help
2013-12-03 18:05:09 UTC
A federal judge announced on Tuesday that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection – the first time in US history that a major city has been declared bust.
Judge Steven Rhodes of the United States bankruptcy court rejected an attempt by th...
In Tokyo, Biden drawn into China air zone dispute
2013-12-03 06:10:32 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Hours after touching down in Asia on a long-planned trip, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is being pulled into a messy territorial spat between China and its neighbors.
Biden is meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Ministe...
Cyber Monday draws $1.74B billion holiday dollars
2013-12-03 23:38:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber Monday is still on top.
Retailers from Wal-Mart Stores to Amazon started rolling out "Cyber" deals at the beginning of November, and kept them going on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. That led some to wonder if earlier sale...
'This country was built on violence'
2013-12-02 16:53:16 UTC
<h3>The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?</h3>
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, ...
Madoff's right-hand man ready to take the stand
2013-12-02 08:46:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The way Frank DiPascali tells it, Bernard Madoff planted the seeds of deception for his $17 billion Ponzi scheme back in the 1970s, when his firm was in a small office at 110 Wall Street.
Madoff "would very loudly proclaim" that...
Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction
2013-12-02 08:42:56 UTC
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Amid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936...
Obama shops at well-known Washington bookstore
2013-11-30 20:03:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.
Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore and purchased what he said was a "long list" of books t...
NKorea says American apologizes for 'hostile acts'
2013-11-30 19:33:19 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip.
Obama visits protesters fasting in support of immigration reform
2013-11-30 06:15:48 UTC
Washington (CNN) - President Obama paid a visit Friday to a group of activists who have been fasting for weeks in the hopes of pressuring Congress to pass new immigration laws.
The President and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, visited the ...
Shoppers head out for Black Thursday
2013-11-29 07:32:24 UTC
Black Thursday officially took over.
The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier this year, as at least a dozen national retail chains from Macy's to Gap to Target opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day. The holiday openings came despi...
Balloons, spirits soar at NYC Thanksgiving parade
2013-11-28 18:14:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The big balloons soared along with the crowd's spirits Thursday as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City.
There'd been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 gian...
Illinois gay couple to be first to marry
2013-11-28 05:49:23 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — In a short ceremony inside their Chicago apartment, two beaming brides made Illinois history Wednesday as they became the first gay couple to wed under the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage.
The law approved last week ...
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...
Travelers cast wary eye as storm moves eastward
2013-11-25 19:23:35 UTC
DALLAS (AP) — A winter storm system blamed for at least 10 fatal accidents in the West and Texas threatens to dampen the Thanksgiving holiday for millions of Americans traveling this week.
Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights...
LAX returns to normal after chaotic night
2013-11-24 19:24:23 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Operations were back to normal at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday following a car crash and false alarms that evacuated terminals, stalled dozens of flights and panicked passengers jittery after a recent shooting r...