Default could destroy U.S. economy

Default could destroy U.S. economy

The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don’t want it to happen now. But with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and Democrats and Republicans so far apart on how to tame the deficit, the unthinkable is suddenly being pondered. The government now borrows about 42 cents […]

Amazon struggles to fix computer problems

Amazon struggles to fix computer problems

Amazon.com is still trying to restore computers used by other websites as an outage stretched into a third day. Besides selling books and DVDs, Amazon.com Inc. rents out space on computers that run other websites and online services. One of its data centers in Virginia began having problems on Thursday morning. Amazon said Saturday that […]

Uh oh! The Donald didn’t vote in primaries for 21 years

Uh oh! The Donald didn’t vote in primaries for 21 years

Donald Trump says he’s considering running in the primary for the Republican presidential nomination, but the real estate mogul didn’t vote in primary elections for more than two decades, according to the New York City Board of Elections. The possible GOP candidate voted in a primary election in the 1989 New York City mayor’s race […]

Iowa GOP activists not sold on Trump

Iowa GOP activists not sold on Trump

Donald Trump says he would embrace the rigors of campaigning in Iowa if he decides to run for president, but Iowa Republican leaders say they doubt the celebrity businessman really knows what it takes to compete in the state’s presidential caucuses and wonder if he would commit the time and effort needed. Although some state […]

Ensign’s resignation raises questions

Ensign’s resignation raises questions

The resignation this week by U.S. Sen. John Ensign raised questions about what an ongoing Senate ethics probe has uncovered, while also muddling the field of candidates for congressional seats now held by the GOP headed into a key election year. The decision to step down marked an unexpected change of heart for the Nevada […]

Popular Alaska cop is illegal immigrant

Popular Alaska cop is illegal immigrant

For years, the man known as Rafael Espinoza was widely respected as an exemplary police officer who was popular among his peers in Alaska’s largest city. All that ended this week when authorities discovered he was really Mexican national Rafael Mora-Lopez, who was in the U.S. illegally and stole another man’s identity, officials charged. “His […]

Former New Mexico governor running for President

Former New Mexico governor running for President

Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing. Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary […]

No spring break at the gas pumps

No spring break at the gas pumps

With gas prices above $4 in some states, Americans are canceling spring break plans and rethinking summer vacation, and some tourist destinations are offering gas vouchers of as much as $50 to talk people out of giving up and staying home. At Mount Rushmore, only about 37,000 people decided in March that seeing the four […]

Comedians raise $750,000 to end malaria in Africa

Comedians raise $750,000 to end malaria in Africa

Conan O’Brien compared his career to Charlie Sheen‘s and Sarah Silverman, not surprisingly, sang a song with a foul refrain. But it was all for a good cause. Malaria No More said Thursday that the performances at last week’s “Hollywood Bites Back” comedy show helped raise $750,000 toward ending malaria in Africa. Its Comedy Fights […]

Samsung files counter lawsuit against Apple

Samsung files counter lawsuit against Apple

  South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. said it is suing Apple Inc. for patent rights violations, only days after Apple sued Samsung for the same reason. Samsung is accusing Apple of violating its rights to 10 smartphone and computer patents. The company filed lawsuits Thursday in Seoul, Tokyo and Mannheim, Germany. The lawsuits come only […]