January 18, 2013 1:06 PM
Nine more children or teens have died of the flu, bringing the nation's total this flu season to 29, health officials reported Friday. In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu, so it is not known whether this year will be better or worse than usual. So... more »
March 16, 2012 8:07 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has lashed out at the United States, saying he is at the "the end of the rope" because of the lack of U.S. cooperation into a probe of an American soldier's alleged killing spree. Karzai said on Friday that the delegation he... more »
March 8, 2012 8:40 AM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More work needs to be done to keep young Americans from using tobacco, including creating smoking bans and increasing taxes on tobacco products, the U.S. Surgeon General's office said in a report released Thursday. Almost one in five high school-aged teens smokes, down from earlier decades,... more »
February 29, 2012 1:53 PM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea is welcoming North Korea's agreement with the United States to suspend uranium enrichment and put a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests. Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Byung-jae said in a statement late Thursday that North Korea has agreed to actions that Washington... more »
September 13, 2011 3:43 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The families of two American hikers jailed in Iran for more than two years say they're "overjoyed" that the men may soon be released.
In a statement Tuesday, the families of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal call the news "a huge relief." The families say they... more »
September 3, 2011 5:52 PM
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says he opposes a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico. Speaking to hundreds of New Hampshire voters at a private reception this afternoon, the Texas governor says a fence would be ineffective and take too long to build. Tea party... more »
March 20, 2011 10:39 AM
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Bahrain's opposition is asking for U.N. and American intervention as the government cracks down on Shiite protests. In a brief protest at U.N. offices in Bahrain's capital, 18 former legislators appealed for U.N. help to end violence against protesters and mediate talks between the opposition and... more »
March 20, 2011 10:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. military officer says it's too early to speculate whether the international military assault on Libya will bring an end to Moammar Gadhafi's regime. Adm. Mike Mullen says the mission could achieve its stated goals without forcing Gadhafi from power. U.S. officials have said the... more »
December 5, 2010 10:11 AM
Men's Health Magazine considers Colorado Springs to be the holiest city in the nation. In their December issue, the magazine rated the 100 Holiest Hometowns in America.
The magazine used US Census data and the phone book to compare the number of places of worship per capita with the... more »
October 30, 2010 2:41 PM
SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni officials say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of sending the two mail bombs found yesterday on cargo planes in the United Arab Emirates and England. Yemen's president says the United States and the United Arab Emirates provided him with information that identified the... more »
October 22, 2010 8:52 AM
POINT COMFORT, Texas (AP) - When the wind blows in two Texas Gulf Coast towns and one Louisiana community, red dust sometimes coats lawns, trucks and traffic lights.
The dust and nearby red mud lakes make clear the towns are not far - industry-wise - from Hungary, where a... more »
October 21, 2010 8:13 AM
Toyota is recalling 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models, mostly in the U.S. and Japan, for brake fluid and fuel pump problems.
Toyota said it will recall about 740,000 cars in the U.S. and 599,000 in Japan.
The world's biggest automaker has recalled more than 10 million... more »
October 13, 2010 8:33 AM
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... more »
October 7, 2010 12:02 PM
Job openings rose in August for the second straight month and layoffs dropped sharply, evidence that the job market is slowly healing.
The Labor Department says the number of jobs advertised rose nearly 2 percent, to 3.2 million. That's the highest since April, when temporary census hiring inflated that... more »
October 6, 2010 10:06 AM
Members of a fundamentalist church are circling the Supreme Court in protest, brandishing an assortment of the kinds of mocking placards they've been carrying to military funerals.
The justices are hearing arguments later today in a lawsuit filed by the father of a dead Marine, who was outraged that... more »
October 6, 2010 8:27 AM
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... more »
October 4, 2010 9:46 AM
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... more »
September 30, 2010 10:11 AM
The nation's economic growth tailed off sharply in the spring and probably isn't faring any better now.
The Commerce Department reports that the economy expanded at a feeble 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-to-June quarter. The new reading is a tad higher than the 1.6 percent growth estimated... more »
September 29, 2010 11:26 AM
Former President Jimmy Carter remains at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was taken Tuesday after becoming ill during a flight from Atlanta to Ohio.
Doctors recommended additional observation during the day, but a spokesman said that Carter feels normal and looks forward to resuming his schedule soon.... more »
September 28, 2010 8:18 AM
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... more »
September 28, 2010 8:11 AM
The income gap between the richest and poorest Americans grew last year to its widest amount on record. New census figures show that young adults and children in particular struggled to stay afloat in the recession.
The top-earning 20 percent of Americans - those making more than $100,000 each... more »
September 27, 2010 9:39 AM
Citizens of the world's richest countries are getting fatter and fatter and the United States is leading the charge, an organization of leading economies said Thursday in its first ever obesity forecast.
Three out of four Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020, and disease rates and health... more »
September 23, 2010 8:39 AM
The tally of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week after four weeks of flat or declining figures.
The Labor Department says initial claims for jobless aid rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 465,000. Many economists had expected a flat reading or a small drop.
... more »
September 23, 2010 8:16 AM
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is expressing optimism that the United States and China will resolve major trade frictions. But he's rejecting U.S. claims that Beijing's currency policies cost American jobs.
Wen used much of a speech on the sidelines of a United Nations global summit to try to ease... more »
September 21, 2010 9:36 AM
A helicopter crash killed nine American troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday, NBC News reported.
The incident made 2010 the deadliest year for foreign troops of the war, according to monitoring website iCasualties.org. The deaths take the toll so far this year to at least 529. Last year, 521 foreign... more »
September 20, 2010 6:27 AM
New freedom from fundraising restrictions established by the Supreme Court are paying off for at least some Republican-allied groups.
Two affiliated groups led by a blue-chip cast of Washington Republican strategists have raised a combined $32 million, creating a parallel and unofficial Republican campaign to defeat Democrats in November.... more »
September 20, 2010 6:23 AM
The Food and Drug Administration is starting two days of hearings on whether genetically engineered salmon should be sold in a store near you. If the answer is yes, this type of salmon could become the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption.
The FDA already has said... more »
September 16, 2010 8:23 AM
New foreclosure data shows lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis three years ago.
Foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc. says 95,364 homes were repossessed by lenders last month. That's an increase of 25 percent from the same... more »
September 7, 2010 10:08 AM
The lawyer for the mother of an Alabama teen who disappeared in Aruba has dismissed claims by the Dutchman suspected in the case that he extorted money from the parents to get back at them.
Speaking on NBC's Today Show Tuesday, John Kelly, a lawyer for Natalee Holloway's mother... more »
August 31, 2010 4:56 PM
The Colorado Springs-based U.S. Northern Command has sent an officer to the U.S. Virgin Islands to consult with civil authorities over its response to Hurricane Earl.
Army Col. Robert Freehill was sent to the islands on Saturday.
Northern Command says Freehill will work with federal, state and local... more »
August 27, 2010 12:29 PM
The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set a record: lowest in a century.
Births fell 2.7 percent last year even as the population... more »
August 27, 2010 8:12 AM
A revision of U.S. economic growth is due Friday and it's expected to show a serious stumble.
The Commerce Department will revise its estimate for economic growth in the April-to-June period and Wall Street economists forecast it will be cut almost in half, to a 1.4 percent annual rate... more »
August 26, 2010 12:56 PM
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... more »
August 24, 2010 8:21 AM
The American military says the number of US troops in Iraq has fallen below the 50,000 figure that was mandated by President Barack Obama.
This is the lowest troop level in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
American forces in Iraq will no longer conduct what are described... more »
August 23, 2010 10:42 AM
Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor are scheduled to attend a judicial conference in Colorado Springs next weekend.
About 800 judges from the 10th U.S. Circuit are expected at the conference. It's closed to the public, but C-SPAN is scheduled to broadcast a talk by Ginsburg... more »
August 19, 2010 3:38 PM
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... more »
August 19, 2010 10:32 AM
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... more »
August 19, 2010 8:42 AM
Police who uncovered two marijuana fields near the U.S.-Canada border had to tread carefully: 13 black bears were wandering around the crops.
The fields of about 2,300 plants were found near Christina Lake, just a few miles from the border.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says... more »
August 16, 2010 8:19 AM
U.S. Border Patrol agents are killing themselves in greater numbers, after nearly four years without one suicide.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show that at least 15 agents have taken their own lives since February 2008. It's the largest spike in suicides the agency has seen in at... more »
August 5, 2010 9:25 AM
U.S. Army helicopters have flown their first relief missions in Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest.
An Associated Press reporter saw four U.S. Chinooks evacuating hundreds of people stranded for days in a mountain town in the upper reaches of the Swat Valley.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman said Thursday the choppers... more »
August 4, 2010 11:21 AM
Americans are more overweight than ever and may die sooner because of it according to the new report from the Centers for Disease Control.
From 2007 to 2009 the number of states with more than a third of their population considered obese tripled from three states to nine.
... more »
July 16, 2010 11:46 AM
A federal judge has sentenced a former State Department worker to life in prison without possibility of parole for spying for Cuba and sentenced the man's wife to 81 months behind bars for helping her husband steal U.S. Secrets. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers betrayed... more »
July 13, 2010 2:10 PM
The federal deficit has topped $1 trillion with three months still to go in the current budget year, showing the continued impact of a deep recession on the government's finances.
The Treasury Department says that through the first nine months of this budget year, the deficit totals $1 trillion,... more »
July 13, 2010 9:07 AM
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.
... more »
July 8, 2010 8:22 AM
Evidence is mounting that Russia and the United States are preparing for the largest spy swap since the Cold War.
In Moscow, riot police on Thursday secured the perimeter of a prison thought to be holding convicted spies for the West as convoy of armored vehicles arrived at the... more »
June 1, 2010 4:23 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Holder would not specify which companies or individuals might be the targets of the probe. He said federal clean air and pollution laws give him the... more »
May 28, 2010 10:21 AM
Florida time share mogul David Siegel has put his 13-bedroom, 23-bathroom, not-yet-completed mansion on Lake Butler on the market for $75 million.
The Siegels announced their plans to build the largest family home in America in 2003.
The house is not yet completed, and because of the economic... more »
May 28, 2010 8:51 AM
Consumer spending in April turned in the weakest performance in seven months, while incomes posted a tiny advance.
The Commerce Department says consumer spending was unchanged last month. Economists had expected a 0.3 percent rise.
Personal incomes rose 0.4 percent, less than the 0.5 percent gain economists had... more »
May 24, 2010 9:14 AM
Graduation week is is full swing at the Air Force Academy, where the cadet wing will hold a parade Monday morning at 10. The Organizational Awards Parade features cadet squadrons receiving awards in the categories of leadership, military, academics and athletics will be honored. It will be held at Stillman... more »
May 21, 2010 8:21 AM
Toyota is recalling 4,500 Lexus cars in Japan because of a computer problem affecting the model's steering system, with a similar recall to follow in the U.S. The carmaker says another 7,000 cars are affected in the U.S., China, Europe and other regions.
The recall affects Toyota's luxury Lexus... more »
May 17, 2010 10:31 AM
The Supreme Court has ruled that teenagers may not be locked up for life with no chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone.
By a 6-3 vote Monday, the court says the Constitution requires that young people serving life sentences must at least be considered for release. more »