Obama’s dad was forced to leave Harvard

Obama’s dad was forced to leave Harvard

President Barack Obama’s father was forced to leave Harvard University before completing his Ph.D. in economics because the school was concerned about his personal life and finances, according to newly public immigration records. Harvard had asked the Immigration and Naturalization Service to delay a request by Barack Hussein Obama Sr. to extend his stay in […]

Tornado victims had just minutes to find safety

Tornado victims had just minutes to find safety

A Georgia salon owner and her two daughters — Sky and Stormy — climbed inside a tanning bed while a tornado ripped the roof off their business. A Virginia couple scrambled under their garage’s wooden steps after a twister ripped off their home’s roof. Mississippi mobile home park residents found shelter in a Baptist church, […]

Picking up the pieces after a tornado strikes

Picking up the pieces after a tornado strikes

It was bad enough that a tornado obliterated Derrick Keef’s house. Worse still was the heartbreaking scavenger hunt for his most priceless possessions strewn across the devastated neighborhood. His guns were in the ruins of a neighbor’s home. A Christmas heirloom shared space in a ditch with broken glass and jagged nails. And his 7-year-old […]

Storms devastate South, kill at least 85

Storms devastate South, kill at least 85

Fierce storms that spawned tornadoes roared across the South, killing at least 85 people as they wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators and even prompted the evacuation of a National Weather Service office. The death toll was staggering — at least 61 killed in Alabama alone, a […]

Birth records: Obama had no choice

Birth records: Obama had no choice

Confronting doubters who harbor questions about his place of birth, President Barack Obama chose to defy one of his White House’s own rules: Don’t get dragged into the news skirmish of the day. This time, he decided he had to. In an extraordinary step, the White House produced a copy of his detailed Hawaii birth […]

Shadow of Wisconsin union fight looms over local races

Shadow of Wisconsin union fight looms over local races

When the race for Green Bay mayor began months ago, the main issues looked clear-cut: planning downtown development, dealing with dwindling state aid and debating whether the city should have spent millions to build a replica of Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster. But after Republican Gov. Scott Walker‘s battle with public employee unions erupted, the […]

The greatest story ever sold

The greatest story ever sold

About 31,000 central Pennsylvanians will soon be living in a joke. Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the city of Altoona will change its name to “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” after the latest film by sarcastic documentarian Morgan Spurlock. The city is changing its name for 60 days to make some money […]

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the credit card data of PlayStation users around the world may have been stolen in a hack that forced it to shut down its PlayStation Network for the past week, disconnecting 77 million user accounts. Some players brushed off the breach as a common hazard of operating in a connected […]

Boomers say being old is a plus at work

Boomers say being old is a plus at work

Feel like the office geezer? Age may be an asset at work, or no issue at all, according to an AP-LifeGoesStrong.com poll. Nearly half of those born between 1946 and 1964 now work for a younger boss, and most report that they are older than most colleagues. But 61 percent of the baby boomers surveyed […]

Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

The Federal Reserve is increasingly confident in the economy and about to end a $600 billion program to support it. Now for the next step — figuring out how to keep inflation from taking off. Since late last year, the Fed has bought government bonds to keep interest rates low. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and […]