By NICOLE WINFIELD and ALBERT AJIAssociated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Pope Francis called Wednesday for prayers for 12 Orthodox nuns reportedly taken by force from their convent in Syria by rebels. Religious officials in the region have said the women were abducted, but a Syrian opposition
By NEDRA PICKLERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's lawyer in the White House is sticking around a little longer.
The White House said in September that Kathryn Ruemmler planned to leave by the end of the year to go into private practice in New York. But White House
By KIMBERLY HEFLINGAP Education Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The effort to get high-speed broadband in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus - Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.
Zuckerberg's Startup: Education and
By NICOLE WINFIELDAssociated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis called Wednesday for prayers for 12 Orthodox nuns who were taken by force from their convent in Syria by opposition fighters. Religious officials in the region have said the women were being held against their will, but a Syrian
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid public doubts over his stewardship of the economy, President Barack Obama is putting a renewed focus on the income gap between rich and poor as he pushes for short-term congressional action and begins setting the domestic agenda for the
By JOSH LEDERMANAssociated Press
BEIJING (AP) - In a sharp rebuff, China accused Washington on Wednesday of taking Japan's side in a tense clash over disputed islands in the East China Sea, underscoring rising regional friction as visiting Vice President Joe Biden met with Beijing's leaders
By ED WHITEAssociated Press
DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them
By ANDREW TAYLORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans controlling the House oppose a drive by Democrats to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for the long-term unemployed, a senior GOP lawmaker said Tuesday.
"I don't see much appetite on our side for
By PAULINE JELINEKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States said Tuesday it had stopped shipments of military equipment out of Afghanistan, citing the risk to truckers from protests along part of the route in neighboring Pakistan.
There have been anti-U.S. demonstrations in Pakistan in
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants to draw attention to the income gap between rich and poor in an economic address meant to both spur short-term congressional action and help set the agenda for the remainder of his presidency.
The White House says Obama
Monday morning, Spokane firefighters responded to two active house fires that broke out within a couple of hours – and miles – of each other, stretching city crews thin.
The first destroyed a single-story home on North Stone just before 4:00 a.m., while the second ripped through the
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hollywood studios have won a copyright case against Hotfile Corp. after a Florida judge on Tuesday ordered the file-hosting website to pay $80 million in damages.
The court also ordered Hotfile to shut down within 20 days unless the website uses "state-of-the-art content
By SAMANTHA HENRYAssociated Press
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy who had been named the town's honorary police chief was given a funeral with full police honors Tuesday, his flag-draped coffin arriving at church to the sound of bagpipes and leaving with a motorcycle escort.
"I lost a