Blog: Nation/World News

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 02:45 PM

AP: Mandela grandson to face charges in grave dispute

A family feud over the burial site of three of Nelson Mandela's children intensified Tuesday when criminal charges were filed against one of his grandsons, as the ailing 94-year-old former president remained hospitalized in critical condition.

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 02:41 PM

AP: Egypt: Army to suspend constitution, legislature

Egypt's state news agency says the military has drawn up a plan to suspend the Islamist-backed constitution, dissolve the Islamist-dominated legislature, and set up an interim administration if President Mohammed Morsi fails to reach a solution with his opponents.

The agency's report Tuesday provides the first details of the road map the military has said it will implement if a deadline it set for Wednesday runs out with no solution.

A retired army general with close ties to the military confirmed the report.

Hossam Sweilam said a panel of experts would draft a new constitution and the interim administration would be a presidential council led by the Supreme Constitutional Court's chief justice and including the defense minister, representatives of political parties, youth groups, Al-Azhar Mosque and the Coptic Church.

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 02:07 PM

AP: Susan Rice: Snowden leaks haven't weakened Obama

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice dismissed claims that Edward Snowden's highly classified leaks have weakened the Obama presidency and damaged U.S. foreign policy, insisting that the United States will remain "the most influential, powerful and important country in the world."

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 02:05 PM

AP: Mandela: A hard act to follow for South Africans

In November, just before Nelson Mandela's health began a long downward spiral, the leader of a project to build a children's hospital named after the former president briefed him on efforts to raise construction funds. Mandela, 94 years old and infirm, was exasperated by the delays. Then the reflexes of the world statesman took over.

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 02:04 PM

AP: First week of testimony in Martin case wraps up

The first week of George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial wrapped up with testimony from two neighbors and a police officer that seemed to bolster the defense's argument that he was pinned on his back by Trayvon Martin before shooting the teen.

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

AP: Pressure on House to act on immigration

The House and its conservative majority are coming under pressure to act after the Senate passed a landmark immigration bill opening the door to U.S. citizenship to millions while pouring billions of dollars into securing the border with Mexico.

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 12:18 PM

AP: Neighbor testifies about Martin-Zimmerman fight

A neighbor of George Zimmerman who had perhaps the best view of the struggle between the neighborhood watch volunteer and Trayvon Martin testified at Zimmerman's murder trial Friday that it appeared the unarmed teen was straddling Zimmerman during their confrontation.

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 12:16 PM

AP: Obama yet to have African legacy like predecessors

President Barack Obama is receiving the embrace you might expect for a long-lost son on his return to his father's home continent, even as he has yet to leave a lasting policy legacy for Africa on the scale of his two predecessors.

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 07:40 PM

AP: Spy program gathered Americans' Internet records

The Obama administration gathered U.S. citizens' Internet data until 2011, continuing a spying program started under President George W. Bush that revealed whom Americans exchanged emails with and the Internet Protocol address of their computer, documents disclosed Thursday show.

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 07:38 PM

AP: Immigration overhaul: Senate passes historic bill

With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico.

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 07:36 PM

AP: Feds: Boston suspect downloaded bomb instructions

Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 04:09 PM

AP: Putin says no to US request to turn over Snowden

Russian President Vladimir Putin bluntly rejected U.S. pleas to turn over National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday, saying he is free to travel wherever he wants and insisting that Russian security agencies haven't contacted him.

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 04:07 PM

AP: Texas prepares to execute 500th inmate

Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

AP: High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

A deeply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday halted enforcement of the federal government's most potent tool to stop voting discrimination over the past half century, saying it does not reflect racial progress.

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 03:14 PM

AP: Lavrov: Syria peace conference could be derailed

Russia's foreign minister said Friday that Washington is sending contradictory signals on Syria that could derail an international conference intended to end that country's civil war, warning that U.S. talk about a possible no-fly zone would only encourage the rebels to keep fighting.