Category: National News

Forecasters say severe weather possible Saturday

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Storm Prediction Center says severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday across the southern and central Plains as a cold front rolls out of the Rockies. Humid air could extend well into the Mississippi and Missouri valleys, making the atmosphere ripe for storms. The forecasters say the greatest chance for bad weather… Read more »

AP IMPACT: Cartels flood US with cheap meth

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Mexican drug cartels are quietly filling the void in the nation’s drug market created by the long effort to crack down on American-made methamphetamine, flooding U.S. cities with exceptionally cheap, extraordinarily potent meth from factorylike “superlabs.” Although Mexican meth is not new to the U.S. drug trade, it… Read more »

Calif. gas prices jump by up to 20 cents overnight

By JASON DEAREN (SAN FRANCISCO, AP) — Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. The average price of regular gas across the state… Read more »

Record number of gays seeking seats in Congress

By DAVID CRARY (NEW YORK, AP) — Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their seats. Instead of fretting, their activist admirers are excited about a record number of gays vying to win seats in the next Congress — and to make history in the process. When Congress… Read more »

Mo. Sen. McCaskill defends self as polite, calm

By DAVID A. LIEB (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill defended herself as “polite and calm” Friday in response to accusations from Republican challenger Todd Akin that she wasn’t very “ladylike” in a recent debate. McCaskill told The Associated Press that some of Akin’s remarks have left her “a little speechless.” Akin… Read more »

McCaskill, Akin to debate in Columbia, St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri’s U.S. Senate candidates are to meet in the St. Louis area for a debate. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, congressman Todd Akin, have agreed to debate the evening of Oct. 18 at Clayton High School. The debate is being sponsored by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and… Read more »

Endeavour flies over Ariz. en route to new home

By PAUL DAVENPORT and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI (TUCSON, Ariz., AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour has flown over Tucson, Ariz., on its trek west to retirement in a Los Angeles museum. Endeavour, atop a modified jumbo jet, did a partial loop over the city to honor former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, before it continued its journey west. Hundreds… Read more »

Romney assails Obama anew over foreign attacks

By BEN FELLER and NEDRA PICKLER (JACKSONVILLE, Fla., AP) — Republican challenger Mitt Romney sought to portray President Barack Obama as weak on foreign policy Wednesday after violent attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East. Obama steered clear of the political fight, declaring as commander in chief that “justice will be done” in… Read more »

Anniversary ceremony of 9/11 begins in NY

By JENNIFER PELTZ NEW YORK (AP) — Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it’s time to move forward after a decade of remembrance. As in past years, thousands were expected to gather at the World Trade Center… Read more »

Colleagues mourn officer killed in Obama motorcade

By MATT SEDENSKY WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The danger in seemingly banal police work of directing traffic and shutting down roadways gained new attention Monday as colleagues mourned an officer who died while working on President Barack Obama’s motorcade. Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent, 55, was killed Sunday in West Palm Beach… Read more »