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US: CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot

Posted: 05/07/2012 - The would-be suicide bomber was told to buy a ticket on the airliner of his choosing and decide the timing of the attack. It's not immediately clear what happened to the would-be bomber.

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20-year forecast shows no end to obesity epidemic

Posted: 05/07/2012 - More bad news about Americans' waistlines: They're only going to get bigger. Already, about a third of people are obese. By 2030, it is estimated 42 percent of the population will be.

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Highway death rate falls to record low

Posted: 05/07/2012 - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's early estimate of 2011 traffic fatalities released Monday says there were 32,310 deaths in motor-vehicle crashes, a drop of 1.7 percent from the previous year.

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Obama campaign releases ad emphasizing economy

Posted: 05/07/2012 - In a shift from many of the campaign's earlier ads, this latest commercial focuses entirely on promoting Obama's record and makes no direct attacks on his presumptive Republican presidential rival, Mitt Romney.

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GOP plan boosts Pentagon, cuts social programs

Updated: 05/07/2012 - The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January.

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Al-Qaida releases video of American hostage

Posted: 05/07/2012 - In a video released Sunday by al-Qaida, American hostage Warren Weinstein said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands.

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JFK awards for ousted Iowa justices, US diplomat

Posted: 05/07/2012 - John F. Kennedy's only surviving child is celebrating what would have been his 95th birthday this month by honoring three Iowa judges who were ousted after the court unanimously decided to legalize same-sex marriages.

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Illinois Ponzi scheme fugitives caught in Arizona

Posted: 05/07/2012 - Acting on a tip, U.S. marshals in Arizona put an end to an Illinois couple's life on the lam, a dozen years after they fled punishment for running a Ponzi scheme, authorities said.

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GOP plan boosts Pentagon, cuts social programs

Posted: 05/07/2012 - The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January.

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Twitter plays outsize role in 2012 campaign

Posted: 05/07/2012 - @BarackObama is on Twitter. So is @MittRomney. And so are all the voters following the 2012 presidential contest, whether they know it or not.

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Clinton presses India to cut oil imports from Iran

Posted: 05/07/2012 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged energy-starved India on Monday to reduce its Iranian oil imports to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic to come clean about its nuclear program.

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NY boy seeks to remain on girls field hockey squad

Posted: 05/07/2012 - A 13-year-old New York boy who played field hockey growing up in Ireland has been told that after two years as a member of the Southampton High School girls' team, he is now too skilled to qualify.

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Wife saw bullet hole while Skyping with soldier

Posted: 05/06/2012 - The family of an Army officer serving in Afghanistan said Sunday his wife saw a bullet hole in the closet behind him after he collapsed during a Skype video chat.

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Living alone with Alzheimer's tough choice for all

Posted: 05/06/2012 - Some 800,000 people with Alzheimer's, roughly 1 in 7 Americans with the disease, live alone in their communities. That's according to new data from the Alzheimer's Association.

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Congressional leaders say Taliban is stronger

Posted: 05/06/2012 - The heads of the House and Senate intelligence committees say the Taliban has only grown stronger since President Barack Obama deployed 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010.

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Gingrich: Romney has earned the GOP nomination

Posted: 05/06/2012 - Former White House candidate Newt Gingrich says Mitt Romney has "earned the right to represent the Republican Party" against President Barack Obama and that he'll help Romney's campaign in any way he can.

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NC soldier disappears after bar karaoke night

Posted: 05/06/2012 - While police investigate and searches continue, family members of a North Carolina soldier who disappeared three weeks ago can do little more than wait for news.

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Debate Ala girl's death plays out on Facebook

Posted: 05/06/2012 - An Alabama judge has stopped lawyers from publicly discussing the murder charges against a grandmother and stepmother accused of making a 9-year-old girlrun to death as punishment for a lie, but a debate over the case is still raging on Facebook.

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