Obama: Congress can finish immigration this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there’s no reason Congress can’t pass an immigration overhaul by the end of summer. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama pushes a bipartisan bill the Senate is debating that…

Floods in central Europe continue to create havoc

BERLIN (AP) — More than 70,000 fire fighters and 11,000 soldiers are on duty fighting the most dramatic floods in Germany in more than a decade. Thousands of residents were still unable to return to their homes, and…

Some 1,000 volunteer painters expected in Ohio

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — As many as 1,000 volunteers from a young professionals organization are expected to help paint nearly three dozen homes in the southwest Ohio city……

Sweden’s royal wedding at a glance

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s Princess Madeleine weds New York banker Christopher O’Neill in a grand ceremony in Stockholm Saturday. Here’s a look at what to expect. THE COUPLE Princess Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of King Carl XVI…

Obama concludes talks, then plays golf

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is wrapping up his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng). Nearly two hours were set aside Saturday at a California desert estate for the leaders to continue discussing…

Government moves to wrap up gray wolf recovery

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials are declaring victory in their four-decade campaign to rescue the gray wolf, a predator the government once considered a nuisance and tried to exterminate. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, June 08, 2013. The National Hurricane Center continues to forecast that Tropical Storm Andrea will remain at tropical storm strength Saturday as she moves over eastern Long Island, Cape Cod, then northeastward toward…

San Onofre nuke plant to close after bitter fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The demise of California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant began with an attempt to fix it. A $670 million equipment swap in 2009 and 2010 went haywire, leaving Southern California Edison on Friday with…

But wait, there’s more: A domestic spying Q&A

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wait, there’s more? Yes, this was the week that America’s intelligence secrets spilled out: Classified court orders. Top secret Power Point slides. Something called PRISM. It’s pretty important stuff, if you can make sense of…

Calif. serial killer Richard Ramirez dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Ramirez, the demonic serial killer known as the Night Stalker who left satanic signs at murder scenes and mutilated victims’ bodies during a reign of terror in the 1980s, died early Friday in…

Car bomb kills 7 people in central Syrian city

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian troops backed by fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group are clashing with rebels near a strategic town captured by government forces earlier this week. Government troops were chasing rebels who fled the…

Key events in Santa Monica, Calif., shootings

Key moments in a shooting rampage Friday that killed at least four people in Santa Monica, Calif., before a gunman was shot and killed by police in a college library. Based on reports from witnesses, police, and fire,…

Chief says Santa Monica killings were premeditated

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The gunman, dressed all in black and carrying a semi-automatic rifle, walked calmly through the Santa Monica College campus after killing his father, brother and another person, authorities said. He would kill a…

Turkey PM’s party rules out early elections

ISTANBUL (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to convene his party leadership as anti-government protests enter their ninth day, with thousands of people still occupying Istanbul’s central Taksim Square. Erdogan, who has said the protests must…

Timeline of revelations about US domestic spying

President Barack Obama is defending secret government programs that sweep up Internet data and millions of Americans’ phone records in their search for foreign terrorists. A timeline of controversies surrounding spy programs and privacy: ___ 1978: In response…

Intelligence chief defends Internet spying program

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Americans to “make some choices” in balancing privacy and security as he defends once-secret surveillance programs that sweep up an estimated 3 billion phone calls a day and amass Internet…

4-year-old boy accidentally kills dad in Arizona

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in northern Arizona say a 4-year-old boy has accidentally shot and killed his father at a Prescott Valley home. Prescott Valley police say the shooting occurred just after noon Friday. The 35-year-old…

US officials long denied massive data trawling

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, top officials of the Bush and Obama administrations dismissed fears about secret government data-mining by reassuring Congress that there were no secret nets trawling for Americans’ phone and Internet records. “We do not…

Obama pressed Chinese leader on cybersecurity

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The United States and China are in “uncharted waters” as they tackle the contentious issue of cybersecurity, President Barack Obama said following the opening round of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at…

Weakened Andrea breaks Northeast rainfall records

NEW YORK (AP) — Soaking rains spawned numerous flood watches and pushed some streams and creeks over their banks throughout the Northeast, yet the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season sped up the Eastern Seaboard without…