By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signaled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
The brief encounter between
By JOSH LEDERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches.
The White House says $100 million will become available to increase access and quality of mental health
By ANDREW MELDRUMAssociated Press
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - A half-century ago Nelson Mandela was taken as a prisoner to Robben Island, 11 kilometers (seven miles) across the bay from Cape Town, where he would begin serving a life sentence for plotting to overthrow South Africa's racist
By BARBARA SURKAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Gunmen in a rebel-held area near Damascus abducted a leading Syrian human rights lawyer on Tuesday, activists and opposition groups said, the latest in a wave of recent kidnappings targeting anti-government activists in rebel held areas.
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service goes before a Senate committee Tuesday to face tough questions about the agency's targeting of tea party groups and its ability to administer parts of the president
By HENRY C. JACKSONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are demonstrating their new ability to thwart Republican filibusters with a vote that would make judges appointed by Democratic presidents a majority on the nation's second most powerful court.
By MATTHEW PENNINGTONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The dramatic ouster of the uncle of North Korea's young ruler has sidelined the man reputed to be the second most powerful official in the secretive hierarchy. But Washington is not banking on a radical shift in Pyongyang's nuclear
By ALAN FRAMAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon.
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDONAP Business Writers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.
By MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way.
Local governments have long acted as first responders in emergencies and now are working to plan for sea level rise, floods, hurricanes and
By SETH BORENSTEINAP Science Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Comet ISON, once optimistically called the comet of the century, is dead, the victim of a way-too-close brush with the sun. It was barely a year old.
The comet, which excited astronomers and the media as it zipped within 730,000 miles of the sun
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A spokesman for the Rev. Billy Graham says the evangelist has generally been weaker since his 95th birthday celebration last month but his vital signs are good.
Spokesman Mark DeMoss said Tuesday that Graham is at his home in Montreat, N.C., and does not appear to be in any
By PAUL FOYAssociated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An avalanche that was caught on video dragged a backcountry skier into a Utah ravine and buried her in snow, but the woman survived because she deployed a special air bag and other skiers were able to quickly dig her out, witnesses said Tuesday.