Obama wants more certainty on Syrian chemical arms

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said he wants more information about chemical weapons use in the Syrian civil war before he decides on escalating U.S. military or diplomatic responses, despite earlier assertions that use of such weapons…

No verdict yet in Philly abortion doctor’s trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia jury has deliberated for its first full day without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider. The……

Ohio executes man who killed, raped 6-month-old

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio death-row inmate who claims he didn’t mean to kill the 6-month-old baby he raped almost 15 years ago is set to be executed. Steve Smith is scheduled to be executed by lethal…

Ohio set to execute man in baby girl’s death

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio death-row inmate set to be executed Wednesday for killing a 6-month-old baby girl he raped spent his last hours in emotional visits with……

Local setbacks vex GOP governors eyeing 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican governors are often seen as innovative policymakers and potential presidential candidates, but a few are struggling with political or ethical problems that might crimp their ambitions. Two governors eyeing possible White House bids —…

Dems have edge in sprint to Mass. special election

BOSTON (AP) — National Republicans are cheering former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez’s Massachusetts primary victory. But Democratic Congressman Ed Markey enjoys tremendous advantages in the special election to replace former U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Tuesday’s primary elections set…

Obama eyes higher profile role on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s prospects for a sweeping legislative victory this year now rest almost solely on the immigration overhaul working its way through Congress. But immigration’s tricky politics have created a dilemma for a president…

FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it…

Uncle: Family to claim Boston bomb suspect’s body

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Relatives of the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing say they will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it. An uncle of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) in Maryland…

Alan Alda wants scientists to cut out the jargon

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on “M.A.S.H.” was an end-to-end anastomosis. Most of the viewers, actor Alan Alda concedes, had no idea he was talking about removing a damaged piece…

Ireland publishes bill on life-saving abortions

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s government has published a long-awaited bill explaining the law on when life-saving abortions can be performed in a country that officially bans the practice. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is dividing the…

NH’s Ayotte defends gun control vote

WARREN, N.H. (AP) — A woman whose mother was killed in last year’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte Tuesday during the senator’s first public appearance in New Hampshire since voting against gun control legislation.…

Gov. Corbett discloses gifts, free travel for 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new ethics filing by Gov. Tom Corbett reports he accepted travel subsidies worth more than $18,000 last year, including trips to Europe and Las……

Philip Roth receives ‘Literary Service’ award

NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Roth’s latest honor was as much for what he has done for other writers as for his own work. Roth received the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award Tuesday night. He was cited for…

Coursera to offer new MOOC options for teachers

A leading platform for the popular “massive open online courses” offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of continuing education for teachers. Coursera, the California-based for-profit platform for MOOCs from 62 leading…

IBM makes tiny movie by pushing molecules around

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Scientists have taken the idea of a film short down to new levels. Molecular levels. IBM says it has made the tiniest stop-motion movie ever — a one-minute video of individual carbon monoxide…

No policy changes are expected as Fed ends meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is widely expected Wednesday to stick with its aggressive efforts to strengthen a still-subpar economy. The Fed will likely end a two-day meeting with a statement noting that job growth remains modest…

Sex-offender registries: Should kids be listed?

NEW YORK (AP) — Government authorities should end the practice of placing juveniles’ names on publicly accessible sex-offender registries, Human Rights Watch says in a report warning of lasting and unwarranted harm to some youths. Some law enforcement…

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2013. There are 244 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 1, 1963, James W. Whittaker became the first American to conquer Mount Everest as…