Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by…

House committee takes up tough immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key committee in the Republican-led House is preparing to cast its first votes on immigration this year, on a tough enforcement-focused measure that Democrats and immigrant groups are protesting loudly. Meanwhile in the Senate,…

House takes up far-reaching anti-abortion bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The abortion wars return to Congress in a big way with House legislation to ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. The legislation expected to pass the Republican-controlled House…

AP Interview: Peres, at 90, still going strong

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Shimon Peres turns 90, the indefatigable Israeli president is doing what he has always done: looking ahead, preparing for the next challenge and believing that he will see Middle East peace in his lifetime.…

Reputed Mafioso tip triggers new Hoffa body search

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The FBI saw enough merit in a reputed Mafia captain’s tip to once again break out the digging equipment in search of the elusive remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, last…

Witness: Man who disrupted flight ranted about CIA

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man loudly ranted about national security, the CIA and international spying aboard a flight from Hong Kong to Newark Monday, causing passengers to tackle him and bind his hands and feet for the…

Gender report of Shah Rukh Khan baby investigated

NEW DELHI (AP) — Health officials in Mumbai are investigating reports that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his wife know the sex of a baby they are having through a surrogate mother. Sex determination tests are banned…

Ohio leader: Work to continue on Medicaid plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio House says proposed changes to Medicaid are unlikely to pass by June 30. House Speaker William Batchelder said Tuesday he ex……

Ukraine kids at risk from low vaccination rates

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — When the time came to vaccinate her 4-year-old daughter, Yelena Hlushko hesitated, spooked by widespread fears in Ukraine about vaccines and by a boil her older child developed after an immunization shot. Eventually she…

Israeli general warns of unrest if no peace talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police have launched an investigation to find perpetrators who vandalized cars and sprayed hate graffiti in an Arab town near Jerusalem. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says residents of Abu Ghosh found tires of 28…

G-8 seeks unity on Syrian peace talks, tax evasion

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Leaders of the G-8 wealthy nations are spending the final day of their summit focused on how to deter kidnappings of foreign workers in North Africa and how to corner globe-trotting companies into…

Ex-hitman describes more killings in Bulger trial

BOSTON (AP) — A former hitman will testify for a second day in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, as Bulger’s attorneys prepare to attack his credibility. John Martarano took the stand Monday to testify against Bulger,…

Texas governor woos disgruntled Conn. gun makers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry extolled the tax policies and regulatory climate of his state as he courted Connecticut gun manufacturers that have threatened to leave since the state passed new gun-control laws this year…

Brazil protesters keep up pressure on government

SAO PAULO (AP) — In some of the biggest protests since the end of Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship, demonstrations have spread across this continent-sized country and united people from all walks of life behind frustrations over poor transportation, health…

Transgender candidate could become a first in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Wymore (WEYE’-mohr) is a typical city council candidate in many ways. He’s campaigning in New York as a community board appointee, ex-PTA chair and founder of local organizations. But Wymore’s community-leader resume has…

Ohio residents protest shooting of feral kittens

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Residents have packed a city council meeting to protest the shooting of five feral kittens by a humane officer. The Cleveland Plain Deale……

US, Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his country’s armed forces are taking over the lead for security around the country from the U.S.-led NATO coalition. The handover of responsibility on Tuesday marks a significant milestone…

Obama’s influence, limitations on display at G-8

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — The leaders of major economic powers are declaring themselves dedicated to a political solution to Syria’s bloody civil war, even as President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin stake out diametrically opposite…

Report: US adult smoking rate dips to 18 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — The results of the latest national health survey by the government finds the percentage of smokers in the United States has dropped to 18 percent in 2012. The nation’s smoking rate generally has been falling…