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1 year 5 months ago

Hearing in Army general's sex case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - A hearing to determine whether a U.S. Army general will be face a military trial on sex charges is entering a third day with testimony from additional women. A female captain testified Tuesday that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex...

1 year 8 months ago

Top US general: Venezuela not a threat

LIMA, Peru (AP) - The Air Force general responsible for U.S. military operations in most of Latin America says he doesn't consider Venezuela to pose a national security threat to the United States. Gen. Douglas Fraser says he doesn't see President Hugo Chavez's ongoing arms purchases and deepening ties with...

1 year 10 months ago

Summer poses toughest test for Afghan force

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior military officials are telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that this summer's fighting in Afghanistan will be the toughest test for the country's security forces. David Sedney, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, testified Wednesday that the Afghan National Security Forces are taking the lead in more than...

2 years 1 month ago

GOP leader suggests force vs. Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Republican leader said Monday the United States should use overwhelming military force against Iran if American intelligence shows that Tehran has decided to build a nuclear weapon or it has started to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level, a bold call certain to reverberate in U.S.-Israeli...

2 years 4 months ago

Romney says Attorney General Holder should quit

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on President Barack Obama's attorney general to resign because of the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the Southwest border. Romney tells reporters after a rally in New Hampshire that Eric Holder...

2 years 8 months ago

Local concerns in debt debate

Decisions being made on Capitol Hill over how to handle the nation's debt have people across the country waiting to see what happens. "I'm very concerned," says Colorado Springs resident Geraldine Webb, a disability insurance receiver. "I do live from month to month," Webb says, and to make...

2 years 8 months ago

Local concerns in debt debate

The House of Representative passed a bill Monday evening, raising the debt ceiling by about $2 trillion dollars and calling for about $2 trillion dollars in cuts over the next decade. The deal will have to pass a vote of the Senate - which is expected Tuesday at noon...

2 years 9 months ago

Obama mourns 'soldier-statesman' Shalikashvili

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States has lost a "genuine soldier-statesman" with the death of Army Gen. John Shalikashvili. Shalikashvili was the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Obama said Shalikashvili's "extraordinary life represented the promise of America and the limitless...

2 years 9 months ago

Experts say terrorism less of a threat to US

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Terrorism experts say terrorism is now less of a threat to the United States because of increased vigilance. Former national intelligence director John Negroponte said Thursday during the Aspen Institute's Aspen Ideas Festival that the United States has made considerable progress bolstering its defenses. ...

2 years 10 months ago

Sources: Bin Laden documents sharpen US aim

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say counterterrorism teams are following new leads and tracking possible new targets as experts finish sifting through files from Osama bin Laden's Pakistani hideout. The U.S. has stepped up surveillance of al-Qaida operatives who were previously thought less important, after reading their correspondence with bin...

2 years 11 months ago

Update: Bin Laden killed by U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation ledby the United States. A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains,...

3 years 3 months ago

Number of poor grows in U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of poor people in the U.S. is millions higher than previously known, with one in 6 Americans - many of them 65 and older - struggling in poverty due to rising medical care and other costs. Preliminary census figures released Wednesday show that government...

3 years 4 months ago

Leaked documents say U.S. spies on its allies

WASHINGTON (AP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says confidential diplomatic cables the online whistle-blower published Sunday "show the U.S. spying on its allies." The newspaper Le Monde says one diplomatic memo asked U.S. diplomats to collect U.N. officials' information including Internet passwords, credit card numbers and frequent flyer numbers....

3 years 5 months ago

Attacks on U.S. from Yemen thwarted

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen on Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets. The plot triggered worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new terror campaign. President Barack...

3 years 6 months ago

US enters top 20 in ending gender bias

A newly released survey of 134 nations shows four Nordic countries lead the world in eliminating inequality between men and women. Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden have topped the Global Gender Gap Index since it was first released in 2006 by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum, and Iceland remained...

3 years 6 months ago

Retail data: September sales edge up

Americans bought electronics and back-to-school clothes in September but held back on luxuries. Data released Wednesday by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse show careful spending, erratic weather and tepid economic news dampened sales last month. The figures include transactions in all forms including cash. Clothing sales rose 3.8 percent, helped...

3 years 6 months ago

New Supreme Court term starts today

The Supreme Court is starting its new term with a new justice, Elena Kagan, and bad news for hundreds of parties trying to get their cases heard at the high court. The justices are expected to start work Monday by denying many of the nearly 2,000 appeals that piled...

3 years 6 months ago

New survey on sex in US

Researchers say the largest, most comprehensive national survey of Americans' sexual behavior since 1994 suggests everything looks pretty normal. Filling 130 pages of a special issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the study offers detailed findings on how often Americans have sex, with whom, and how they respond....

3 years 6 months ago

USOC won't create central list of banned coaches

The U.S. Olympic Committee will "encourage" but not require sports' national governing bodies to adopt standardized policies to prevent abuse. CEO Scott Blackmun said Tuesday that the USOC would not set up a centralized database of banned coaches to prevent violators from jumping from sport to sport, because smaller...

3 years 6 months ago

Senate moves toward saving US jobs

The Senate is headed toward a vote on a bill to punish corporations that send jobs overseas. Senate Democrats are trying to claim the loss of jobs overseas as a campaign issue just before Congress heads home for the November elections. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a...

3 years 7 months ago

Groups oppose CIA death targets

NEW YORK (AP) - Two New York-based civil liberties groups have sued the federal government, saying its targeted killings of U.S. citizens overseas is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Defendants...

3 years 7 months ago

Toyota recalls Corollas, Matrixes

Toyota is recalling more than a million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks with engines that may stall. Toyota said Thursday that the recalls affect vehicles sold in North America from the 2005-2008 model years. Three accidents and one injury have been reported due to the problem. Federal...

3 years 8 months ago

Pentagon takes aim at China cyber threat

The U.S. is warning about the Chinese military's use of civilian computer experts in clandestine cyber attacks repeatedly aimed at American companies and government agencies. The Pentagon says the People's Liberation Army is using "information warfare units" to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks. Those units...

3 years 8 months ago

2010 budget red ink: $1.3 trillion

Congress' budget analysts are estimating that this year's federal deficit will exceed $1.3 trillion, slightly below last year's total but still a huge ocean of red ink. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the enormous shortfall is a result of the still struggling economy, which has meant lower federal...

3 years 8 months ago

US sending aid to Russia to battle wildfires

The United States is sending firefighting equipment to Russia to help officials there respond to the 500 wildfires burning across the country. The White House says President Barack Obama called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Thursday morning to express his condolences for the losses his country has suffered. The wildfires...

3 years 8 months ago

Arizona to Washington: Give us the money

More agents and more drones along the Mexican border are just what states like Arizona are demanding from Washington. And Arizona Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick wants the in-recess Senate to act quickly to make it happen. A spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid says they're hoping for passage by the...

3 years 9 months ago

Group wants more wolves in U.S.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Tens of thousands of gray wolves would be returned to the woods of New England, the mountains of California, the wide open Great Plains and the desert West under a scientific petition now before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. About 6,000 wolves live in the...

3 years 9 months ago

US trade deficit balloons in May

The U.S. trade deficit widened in May to the highest level in 18 months as a rebounding economy pushed up demand for imports of foreign-made cars, computers and clothing. The Commerce Department says the trade deficit increased 4.8 percent to $42.3 billion, the largest imbalance since November 2008. ...

3 years 10 months ago

US rallies to tie Slovenia 2-2

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The United States rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit on goals by Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley to tie Slovenia 2-2 in their Group C match Friday. Bradley, the coach's son, scored in the 82nd minute after picking up Jozy Altidore's header. Landon Donovan had made it...

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