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Colorado lawmakers reach impasse on civil unions

Posted: 05/09/2012 - Chants of "shame on you" from gay rights supporters thundered through the Colorado House on Tuesday night after Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty said legislation to allow civil unions won't get a vote.

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Effect of NC gay marriage amendment unclear

Posted: 05/09/2012 - North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, but not much is expected to change immediately.

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Wis. recall is rematch of 2010 governor's race

Posted: 05/09/2012 - Wisconsin has been rocked with massive protests over workers' rights, recall elections over a contentious union rights law and a partisan divide. Now, Walker and Barrett are headed for a rematch.

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Retired couples may need $240,000 for health care

Posted: 05/09/2012 - Couples retiring this year can expect their medical bills throughout retirement to cost 4 percent more than those who retired a year ago, according to Fidelity Investments.

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Against Obama, even a jailbird gets some votes

Posted: 05/09/2012 - Just how unpopular is President Barack Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in prison in Texas is getting 4 out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary.

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Indiana's Lugar loses, NC passes gay marriage ban

Posted: 05/09/2012 - Six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar was routed by the right flank of his own Republican Party on Tuesday, and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state's gay marriage ban.

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Officials: Al-Qaida bomber was CIA informant

Posted: 05/09/2012 - The man the terrorists were counting on to carry out the attack was actually working for the CIA and Saudi intelligence, U.S. and Yemeni officials said.

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Over 1,300 tubes damaged at ailing Cal reactors

Posted: 05/08/2012 - The utility that runs the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California says over 1,300 damaged tubes in its ailing steam generators will be taken out of service.

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Doc says chest compression led to homeless death

Posted: 05/08/2012 - A medical center trauma surgeon says continuous compression of a California homeless man's chest during a confrontation with police officers caused breathing problems that led to his death.

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Officials: Chemical from printer bombs used again

Posted: 05/08/2012 - U.S. officials say al-Qaida's sophisticated new underwear bomb contained a chemical that was also used in a failed 2010 effort to take down U.S.-bound cargo planes.

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Pink slime maker's plants officially to close

Updated: 05/08/2012 - About 650 jobs will be lost when the plants close on May 25 in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa. A plant in South Sioux City, Neb., will remain open but run at reduced capacity.

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CIA derails plot with al-Qaida underwear bomb

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Officials told The Associated Press a day earlier that discovery of the unexploded bomb represented an intelligence prize resulting from a covert CIA operation in Yemen,

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Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people live, work, play and learn, a major new report says.

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Obama's 'to do' list for Congress: jobs, mortgages

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Pressuring Congress, President Barack Obama is laying out an election year "to do" list Tuesday that urges lawmakers to take another look at economic proposals to promote job creation and help families refinance their mortgages.

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NC votes on constitutional ban on gay marriage

Posted: 05/08/2012 - North Carolina could be on the verge of becoming the next state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

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Barrett leads Democrats in Wis. recall primary

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Barrett was one of four Democrats on Tuesday's primary ballot looking to challenge Walker in the June 5 general election that has become a nationally watched battle over union rights.

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Murder trial starts in Mich. 2010 stabbing spree

Posted: 05/08/2012 - A 49-year-old man who was the last Michigan victim in a stabbing spree two years ago was willing to help anybody but probably didn't know that a suspected serial killer was on the loose, a sister said.

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Don't tell Paul's supporters the primary is over

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Don't tell Ron Paul the Republican primary is over. He's too busy mucking up Mitt Romney's efforts to accumulate enough convention delegates to officially claim the GOP nomination for president.

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Endangered wolves at NY preserve produce 8 pups

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Eight rare Mexican wolf pups have been born at a preserve in the New York City suburbs, a development that could aid the federal program that has reintroduced the endangered species to the wild.

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