Latest National News From The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is renewing his call for Congress to end tax breaks to oil companies.
In a Rose Garden speech today, Obama will urge Congress to vote to end what the White House calls “the billions in taxpayer dollars handed out to oil companies every year.”
The address comes before a Senate procedural vote on a bill to repeal oil tax subsidies. Obama is also expected to suggest how the money could be spent on clean energy.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a black teen killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer says police video taken of the shooter shortly after the incident doesn’t show that his head had been banged several times against the sidewalk or that he suffered a broken nose.
The lawyer says the video that aired on ABC is further evidence to question George Zimmerman’s claims that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin after Martin attacked him.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — In a case that generated blaring tabloid headlines in the U.K. press, a Florida teen is facing life in prison without parole for murdering two young British tourists who got lost and wandered into a housing project where their convicted killer lived.
After an eight-day trial, a jury on Wednesday convicted 17-year-old Shawn Tyson of two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting of 25-year-old James Cooper and 24-year-old James Kouzaris last April.
The two men were on a three-week Sarasota holiday and spent an evening drinking when they got lost.
Both were considered fun-loving world travelers by those who knew them.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A budget proposal that would revamp Medicare and slice safety net programs like food stamps is likely to pass in the Republican-led House today, but it’s likely to die in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
The bill, which also rejects raising taxes on the rich, is set for a House vote the day after House members rejected a compromise package that mixed tax increases with spending cuts.