Posted: Aug 10, 2012 4:00 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2012 4:02 AM
AP sources: Romney intends to announce Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as ticket mate
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney intends to name Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate for the fall campaign, party officials said early Saturday, turning to the architect of a conservative and intensely controversial long-term budget plan to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending.
These officials said a formal announcement was set for Norfolk, Va., as the newly minted Republican ticket begins a bus tour through four battleground states in as many days. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to disclose the decision.
In a statement issued Friday night, Romney's campaign said only that the running mate would be present at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. The USS Wisconsin is berthed there offering a hint about Ryan's selection.
Ryan's selection as well as Romney's own nomination will be ratified by delegates to the Republican National Convention that begins on Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden will be nominated for a second term at the Democratic convention the following week.
Military official: Afghan kills 3 NATO troops on same day that Afghan police kills 3 Marines
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) An Afghan working on an installation shared by Afghan and foreign forces shot and killed three NATO soldiers on Friday raising to six the number of international troops killed by their Afghan partners in 24 hours, officials said.
The attack announced Saturday comes as the number of these so-called "green-on-blue" incidents carried out by Afghan police or soldiers or those disguised in their uniforms is on the rise. But the U.S.-led coalition has said that they are not impeding ongoing work to hand over security to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks Friday in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan an area where Taliban insurgents have wielded their greatest influence.
The assaults have heightened mistrust between international troops and the Afghan soldiers and police they are training and mentoring. The attacks also raise doubts about the quality of the Afghan forces who have already started taking over for foreign forces in areas of the nation that are home to 75 percent of the population.
In the first attack, an Afghan police officer shot and killed the three Marines after sharing a meal with them before dawn in the volatile Sangin district. A U.S. Defense Department official confirmed that the dead Americans were Marine Special Operations Forces.
Want an Olympian's nightstand? Games goods from park, athlete rooms available in big fire sale
LONDON (AP) You're in bed. You reach over to turn out the light, and you are turning off the exact same light Michael Phelps turned off the night before he won the gold that made him the most decorated Olympian ever. That's the dream, at least.
Meet the reality: Now anyone can own a piece of Olympic history. You just won't know exactly whose piece it is.
More than 1 million items from the athletes' village and Olympic Park are on sale right here, right now, and they'll be ready for collection right after the Paralympic Games end in early September. Night stands? They got 'em. Lamps? Umpire's chairs? Beanbags? Yes, yes and yes.
Almost all of the bits and pieces that helped make the London Olympics what they are items from the places where people ate, where they competed, even where they slept are available for the taking in what is effectively a massive post-Olympics fire sale. In the end, much of what made up the Olympic sites will be dispersed throughout Britain and beyond to anyone who puts down some cash.
"It occurred to me that the general population would want to buy furniture from the London games," says Paul Levin, who runs sales operations for Ramler Furniture, the company that won the contract to source, then lease furniture to the London organizing committee.
Steel mill, ensnared in lawsuits, polluted SC town as Romney's firm made millions in profits
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) The rusty stains on Shirley Carter's home are a permanent reminder of her fight with the local steel mill, just down U.S. Highway 17 near the boat docks. No matter how many cans of industrial-strength acid she went through, the red tint on her property never seemed to go away.
In 1998, Carter and her neighbors sued Georgetown Steel, then owned by the company Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney co-founded, Bain Capital. They sought millions in cleanup costs and accused the mill's owners of leaving their historic Southern neighborhood looking like it had been hit by a "chemical bomb."
State officials determined the mill was largely to blame for the pollution. As the lawsuit dragged on for years, the steel mill filed for bankruptcy and the plant ultimately settled with the residents.
In the end, Bain walked away with more than $30 million in profits. Carter got $800.
"That wasn't even enough to paint the house," said Carter, who is a Romney supporter this election.
EYES ON LONDON: "Blade Runner, Lakers in London, 1 more Bolt, no military service, party time
LONDON (AP) Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:
BLADE RUNNER REFLECTS
The "Blade Runner" did not win a medal, but that doesn't mean these Olympics were any less important.
Oscar Pistorius set a precedent with his journey to and through the London Games, and he can add one more accomplishment: He was a finalist.
Israel enjoying record year in tourism, despite troubles just around the corner
JERUSALEM (AP) It's priming for a risky showdown with Iran over its suspected nuclear program, concerned about neighboring Syria's bloody civil war spilling across the border and dealing with terrorists attempting to infiltrate from Egypt's lawless Sinai Peninsula.
But that doesn't seem to be deterring hundreds of thousands of tourists from flocking to Israel each month. Despite the region's turmoil, Israel is enjoying an unexpected tourism boom, and 2012 is shaping up to be a record year.
Nearly 300,000 tourists arrived in July, a record for the month and an 8 percent increase over the previous July, according to the Tourism Ministry. The trend is nothing new: The ministry says each month of 2012 so far has set an all-time record for that month.
"It's a period where, on the face of it, we should be struggling with an economic downturn and the Arab Spring around us," said Uri Steinberg, head of the America department at the Tourism Ministry, "but it hasn't worked out that way."
He said Israel initially hoped that tourists fearful of traveling to Egypt would choose Israel instead. But more often than not, he said, tourists planned Israel-Egypt combo tours and then put off the whole trip because of the unrest in Egypt.
Admissions application for Illinois university sheds light on Colo. theater shooting suspect
DENVER (AP) The man accused of opening fire in a suburban Denver movie theater had been an excellent student who left an impression good enough for acceptance to a competitive neuroscience program at the University of Illinois.
Those who recommended James Holmes found him intelligent and mature. His application materials described a bright student with strong interests in the cognitive sciences.
"He takes an active role in his education, and brings a great amount of intellectual and emotional maturity into the classroom," one recommendation letter said. "James received excellent evaluations from the professors and graduate students with whom he worked and was mentored."
The letter and all of the university's documents related to Holmes were provided to The Associated Press on Friday after an open records request. The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill., first obtained the documents.
Holmes had applied to the highly selective program in Illinois last year. The school paid for his travel expenses for a visit, and he was offered a stipend $22,600 per year and free tuition. At least two researchers vied for Holmes to join their laboratories.
Chevron braces for thousands of legal claims after Northern California refinery fire fouls air
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) Several thousand Richmond residents have filed legal claims against Chevron Corp., seeking compensation for a refinery fire that fouled the region's air for hours and sent more than 4,000 people to seek medical care for breathing problems and irritated eyes.
Hundreds of residents showed up at a makeshift claim center in Richmond on Friday, and many more submitted claims throughout the week by calling a special hotline Chevron established after Monday's explosion and fire. The company said a total of about 3,800 people had submitted claims through Friday afternoon.
Most of the claims appear to be asking for modest amounts, reflecting the fact that there have been no reports of serious injury and nearly all seeking medical care were treated and released after a few hours in the hospital.
"It's not about the money," said Chanel Harris, who was seeking reimbursement for the cost of taking her three young children to the emergency room of the nearby Kaiser Hospital. "It's about holding Chevron accountable."
Harris spent about an hour in line and another 10 minutes talking to a claims adjuster inside the Nevin Community Center in Richmond. She said she won't know how much she's seeking until Kaiser sends a bill.
Like the return of a streaking comet, Usain Bolt goes for gold in 4x100 relay at Olympics
LONDON (AP) Usain Bolt took a day off and let his teammates do the work. They gave Bolt a chance for another triple sweep.
The World's Fastest Man returns to Olympic Stadium on Saturday for the men's 4x100-meter relay final and his shot at taking home three gold medals in as many sprinting events at the London Games.
"We've got guys that have been running good and we've got Usain Bolt, who's going to run a fast time," Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake said. "It's going to be interesting."
Sure is, especially after the Americans ran the fourth-fastest time in history in their semifinal Friday night.
That allowed them to believe anything's possible maybe even a win over Bolt.
Pomp, circumstance and the Spice Girls: Olympics to bow out with tribute to British pop
LONDON (AP) Get ready for a star-studded spectacular: Olympic Stadium is being transformed into a giant jukebox of British pop and pizazz for the closing ceremonies of the London Games.
The Spice Girls and The Who are among the acts prepping performances to celebrate the end of the Olympics. Although organizers have tried to the ceremony under wraps, many details have leaked out in the British media and some of the performers have let the cat out of the bag themselves.
Director David Arnold is calling the production "the greatest after-party in the world."
"If the opening ceremony was the wedding, then we're the wedding reception," Arnold told the Daily Telegraph.
The Who, George Michael, Muse and Ed Sheeran have all said they will take part in a show that will include performances of 30 British hit singles from the past five decades. The Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim will also be on hand to get people dancing.