Category: National News

Obama squeaks out Aug. fundraising win over Romney

By THOMAS BEAUMONT MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama squeaked out a fundraising victory over Mitt Romney in August as the candidates gear up for the final stretch of their closely contested campaign. Obama raised more than $114 million, while Romney topped $111 million, according to numbers the rival campaigns released Monday. It’s the… Read more »

Draft order seeks to improve US digital defenses

By RICHARD LARDNER WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing an executive order with new rules to protect U.S. computer systems, after Congress failed earlier this summer to pass a cybersecurity bill. The provisions include voluntary standards for companies, a special council run by the Homeland Security Department and new regulations covering especially vital… Read more »

Man charged over organs found in storage unit

PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) — A former medical examiner has been arrested on charges of keeping human remains in a rented storage unit in the Florida Panhandle. Dr. Michael Berkland, 57, was arrested Friday on charges of improper storage of hazardous waste, keeping a public nuisance and driving with a suspended license. He was released from… Read more »

Texas pilot killed in Iowa air show crash

By NOMAAN MERCHANT — DALLAS (AP) — Glenn Smith left a lucrative job at a Dallas-area technology firm for an early retirement of restoring Soviet fighter jets and flying to exhibitions across the country. He died Saturday when his nearly 30-year-old training plane nosedived during an air show in eastern Iowa and crashed into a… Read more »

In convention warm-up, Obama sees economic gains

By BEN FELLER and CALVIN WOODWARD — TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — In the warm-up to the Democratic National Convention, both parties jockeyed for the economic high ground Monday, with Republican Mitt Romney labeling Labor Day “another day of worrying” for too many Americans anxious about finding a job. Supporters of President Barack Obama worked to… Read more »

Romney makes jobs pitch; both sides to visit Gulf

CHARLES BABINGTON TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan plunged headlong into the fall campaign Friday on a two-track mission to convince Americans that the GOP nominee is not only the right man to fix the economy but an all-around leader for the nation. Romney, hoping to project an aura of leadership, flew… Read more »

Farm Bureau reconsiders Akin support

DAVID A. LIEB,Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Farm Bureau is reconsidering its endorsement of Republican Rep. Todd Akin for U.S. Senate because of comments he made about women being able to thwart pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape,” an organization spokesman said Friday. The move to reconsider an endorsement is unprecedented… Read more »

Rescues as Isaac floods outside New Orleans

CAIN BURDEAU MICHAEL KUNZELMAN NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaac’s whistling winds lashed this city and the storm dumped nearly a foot of rain on its desolate streets, but the system of levee pumps, walls and gates appeared to withstand one of the stiffest challenges yet. To the north and south, though, people had to be… Read more »

Obama team launches critique of Ryan before speech

By JULIE PACE FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Even before Paul Ryan takes the stage at the Republican convention, President Barack Obama’s campaign is seeking to cast the GOP running mate as “out of step” with American voters. The Obama campaign released an online video Wednesday targeting Ryan as a politician from a “bygone era.”… Read more »

Republican convention is in full-throated roar

By CALVIN WOODWARD DONNA CASSATA TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team are reaching out in all directions Wednesday to connect with key voting groups including veterans, Hispanics and women while gleefully mocking the man he is out to defeat in November…. Read more »