By The Associated Press
A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:
Abortion and birth control are divisive issues in politics, and they've flared up at times in this campaign despite the candidates' reluctance to dwell
By HENRY C. JACKSONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - TITLE: "12 Million Jobs"
LENGTH: 30 seconds.
AIRING: Mitt Romney's campaign did not disclose where this ad is running.
KEY IMAGES: The ad shows GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney getting behind the wheel of an SUV, then cuts to
By LINDSEY ANDERSONAssociated Press
BOSTON (AP) - About 300 to 500 defendants, including some "pretty dangerous people," may be released into Boston streets because of the alleged mishandling of evidence at a Massachusetts drug lab, a prosecutor said Friday.
Chemist Annie Dookhan is charged
By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter produced
By TOM KRISHERAP Auto Writer
DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators are looking into throttle problems in older Ford Escapes at the request of a consumer group.
The nonprofit North Carolina Consumers Council has asked federal regulators to investigate two complaints from drivers who say the
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential election. The Labor Department says employers
By NICOLE WINFIELDAssociated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) - He had the trust of Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals, monsignors and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church. And because of his privileged position as papal butler, he had access to their deepest secrets: confidential letters, memos,
By CANDICE CHOIAP Food Industry Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden is tossing out its famous "When You're Here, You're Family" slogan to cater to a more modern lifestyle.
After a 14-year run, the Italian restaurant chain will launch a new ad campaign Sunday night as it looks to freshen up
By PHILIP ELLIOTTAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - For weeks, Republican Party elders fretted that the presidential race was slipping through Mitt Romney's fingers. The handwringing - for the moment - has stopped.
The GOP nominee's strong head-to-head showing against President Barack
By Liz Raftery,
Mitt Romney's comments about cutting funding to PBS during Wednesday's presidential debate have inspired a new political demonstration: The Million Muppet March.
"I like Big Bird," the Republican nominee said Wednesday, while explaining that cutting funding to PBS and other