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  • Smuggler Uses Spikes During Chase Play Video

    August 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A human smuggler used spikes in an effort to flee from authorities Wednesday, officials said. The suspect threw the three-pronged spikes, also known as caltrops, out of his pickup truck during a high-speed chase, officials said. The spikes pose a serious threat to pursuing agents and... more »
  • Congressman Demands Action on Border Crisis Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says President Obama needs to do something about the humanitarian and immigration crisis impacting South Texas. Cuellar asked for a bi-partisan agreement to provide money and policy changes to the current immigration system. The congressman and some of his fellow Democrats are... more »
  • Obama Signs Veterans' Health Care Overhaul Play Video

    August 7, 2014 1:00 PM

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama says the government must ensure that the Veterans Affairs Department has the resources to keep up with the demands of troops returning from war. Obama is speaking at a signing ceremony for a $16.3 billion measure allowing the Veterans Affairs Department to... more »
  • Apartment Owners Prepare for Arrival of National Guard Play Video

    August 4, 2014 7:50 PM

    McALLEN - Apartment owners and operators are preparing for the arrival of the National Guard. The troop surge in the Rio Grande Valley could be a boon for apartment owners. It also could mean fewer places for locals to rent. Silvia Medina, of Medina Metro Realty, owns multiple... more »
  • Militia Members Arrive in the Valley Play Video

    August 4, 2014 7:31 PM

    WESLACO - Leaders with the South Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps say militia members from outside South Texas are arriving in the Rio Grande Valley. Olivia Garza, spokeswoman for the militia, said a convoy arrived in the Valley this weekend. She said more will arrive throughout the week. ... more »
  • Pres Obama Vows to Tackle Immigration Issue While Congress is on Recess

    August 1, 2014 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought... more »
  • Immigrants to be Housed in 'Suites' Near San Antonio Play Video

    July 31, 2014 12:39 PM

    KARNES CITY - Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday will open a remodeled detention center three hours north of the Rio Grande Valley. The Karnes City center will house women and children who entered the country illegally through the Valley. The 532-bed facility underwent a massive renovation to... more »
  • Church Worker Wants Better Treatment for Immigrants Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:36 PM

    McALLEN - An employee at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is upset with the way some people view and treat illegal immigrants. Retired Attorney Ofelia de los Santos helps out at the church where the immigrants are being cared for before their journey north. De los Santos... more »
  • Chinese Immigrants Detained in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:49 PM

    McALLEN - The surge of Central Americans crossing the border illegally appears to be slowing down. Now, there could be a rush of people from other countries. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS met a group of immigrants from China during a ride-along with Border Patrol agents. The agents said people... more »
  • Border Patrol Assigns More Agents to the Valley Play Video

    July 28, 2014 7:40 PM

    WESLACO - The Border Patrol has assigned 150 more agents to the Rio Grande Valley. Border Patrol officials say the agents are experienced, well-trained and equipped with the right skill-set. Officials did not say how long the agents will be in the Valley. more »
  • Honduran Journalist Sheds Light into Migration Crisis Play Video

    July 24, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - A journalist in Honduras shed more light into the migration crisis impacting her nation. Marilyn Mendez, with La Prensa of Honduras, said the United States doesn't fully understand what is happening in Central America. Mendez said the much-vaunted U.S. government campaign to dissuade people from migrating... more »
  • Rio Grande City Mayor Welcomes National Guard Deployment Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal welcomed the governor's decision to deploy the National Guard to the border. The Rio Grande City mayor said the recent surge in illegal immigration is draining law enforcement resources in his city. Villarreal said police often are tied up waiting for... more »
  • Veteran: Immigration Crisis Overshadows VA Problems Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:18 PM

    McALLEN - A veteran says the immigration crisis impacting the Rio Grande Valley is overshadowing problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Juan Garcia served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He is one of the countless veterans who continue struggling with the VA for medical care.... more »
  • Immigrants Use Pipeline Path to Circumvent Checkpoint Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:13 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - A natural gas pipeline has become a back road around a Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias. The construction for the pipeline cut a path along the rugged South Texas brush. Brooks County ranchers say illegal immigrants now are using that path. The region still posses... more »
  • Sheriffs Visit Falfurrias to Learn About Immigration Surge Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:07 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Sheriffs from throughout the nation gathered in Brooks County to learn more about the immigration crisis affecting South Texas. The sheriffs said the surge in immigration represents a threat to their communities. Brooks County Rancher Dr. Mike Vickers and his wife Linda gave the lawmen a... more »
  • Landowners Apprehensive About Militia's Presence in the Valley Play Video

    July 18, 2014 7:51 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Some landowners say they will not welcome a civilian militia onto their lands. The landowners said the Minutemen militia will bring only problems to the region. State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of the militia in the region. The group was initially trying... more »
  • Militia Seeks to Set Up Camp in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 18, 2014 4:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of a civilian militia in the Rio Grande Valley. The group, however, has not made contact with any law enforcement group. The group, known as the Minutemen, was initially trying to set up camp earlier this week near... more »
  • MS-13 Member Arrested in La Grulla Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - La Grulla police found a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang among several illegal immigrants. A La Grulla police officer pulled over a vehicle after a traffic violation. The officer discovered several undocumented immigrants. The officer said he was shocked to find a member... more »
  • BCFS Reveals Plans for Palm Aire Hotel Play Video

    July 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services secured a $50-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants in Weslaco. The network of non-profit agencies will take over the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites on FM 1015. BCFS officials say they plan to have 600 beds once the hotel... more »
  • Weslaco Hotel to Become Immigrant Housing Play Video

    July 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    WESLACO - The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites will be turned into a housing complex for young illegal immigrants. Baptist Child and Family Services will take over the hotel on Interstate 2 and International Blvd. in Weslaco. The group says children will receive basic education, as well as... more »
  • Obama Administration Pressures Congressman over Immigration Comments Play Video

    July 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says he's feeling pressure from the White House to tone down his rhetoric on the Rio Grande Valley's border crisis. Cuellar has been one of the most vocal congressmen to discuss the immigration issues in the Valley. Cuellar said he personally... more »
  • Los Ebanos Residents On Edge as Immigration Flow Increases Play Video

    July 10, 2014 7:37 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Hundreds of illegal immigrants use Anzalduas Park to cross into the United States every day. Others choose more secluded areas, like the small community of Los Ebanos. Residents of the small town are concerned about the increase in illegal activity. Still, they are not sure about... more »
  • Perry Meets with DPS Officials in Weslaco Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Gov. Rick Perry visited the Rio Grande Valley Thursday to get a closer look at the immigration surge in the region. The governor met with President Obama in Dallas Wednesday to discuss the immigration and humanitarian crisis affecting South Texas. Obama opted not to visit the... more »
  • Obama Delivers Speech in Austin Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:39 PM

    AUSTIN - President Obama delivered a speech this morning in Austin during the final event of his two-day trip to Texas. The trip did not include a visit to the Rio Grande Valley, where an immigration and humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Obama arrived in Austin Wednesday night for... more »
  • Professor Criticizes Obama's Decision to Stay Away from the Border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:45 PM

    EDINBURG - A University of Texas-Pan American political science professor says it's important for the president to visit the border. Dr. Jerry Polinard said President Obama's presence in the Rio Grande Valley would have been symbolic and politically important. "We are the most Democratic part of a Republican state.... more »
  • Hidalgo County Judge Defends President's Decision Not to Visit the Valley Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:42 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County judge says it is not necessary for President Obama to visit the Rio Grande Valley to witness the current immigration crisis. Judge Ramon Garcia said the president is working to get additional resources to deal with the issue. "He requested $2 billion from... more »
  • Residents Question President's Reluctance to Visit the Valley Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:33 PM

    McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley residents are questioning President Obama's decision not to visit the border during his trip to Texas. Monica Weisberg-Stewart, with the Texas Border Coalition, said it was disappointing to find out that the president would not visit the region. She lobbies in Washington for immigration... more »
  • Obama Defends Decision Not to Visit Border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:13 PM

    DALLAS (AP) - President Barack Obama, seeking to keep a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border from becoming a deeper political liability, pushed back Wednesday at critics who have cast his administration's response to the influx of unaccompanied children as slow and ineffective. To those pressing Obama to visit the... more »
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit RGV Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:39 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during... more »
  • Parents Call Local Court Searching for Young Immigrants Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:47 PM

    EDINBURG - The influx of young illegal immigrants into the Rio Grande Valley has the phones at the 449th District Court ringing nonstop, officials said. Judge Jesse Contreras said people from Central America call constantly asking for children who have crossed the border illegally. Contreras said many of... more »
  • Testy Exchange Between Perry, Obama over Immigration Crisis Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:29 PM

    WESLACO - A testy exchange of letters happened Tuesday between Gov. Rick Perry and President Obama over the surge of illegal immigration in South Texas. The president visited Austin for a political fund-raising event. He agreed to meet with Perry in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis. Perry wants... more »
  • Militia Sets Up Command Center South of San Antonio Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:16 PM

    VON ORMY - A militia is gathering south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to secure the border. A leader with the group said they will deploy to Laredo first and spread from there to other parts of the border. The group set... more »
  • Obama and Perry to Meet in Dallas Play Video

    July 8, 2014 11:33 AM

    DALLAS -- President Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry will meet tomorrow to discuss immigration issues. A letter from one of the President's Senior Advisors indicates the two officials will meet in Dallas since the President was already scheduled to be in the state for a fundraiser. So... more »
  • President Obama Asking for Nearly $4B to Confront Influx of Minors Play Video

    July 8, 2014 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama is asking Congress for funds to deal with the immigration crisis caused by the surge in illegal immigration. The amount is much higher than was originally expected. The President will be asking for $3.7 billion dollars to confront the influx of minors from Central America.... more »
  • Laredo Mayor: No Taxpayer Money to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 7, 2014 10:33 PM

    LAREDO - City leaders in Laredo say they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas said the city has to look out for its own citizens. Laredo's position runs counter to those of cities like McAllen, which... more »
  • Hidalgo County Republican Party Demands Action on Immigration Crisis Play Video

    July 1, 2014 10:31 PM

    EDINBURG - The Hidalgo County Republican Party sent a letter to President Obama asking for action to mitigate the immigration crisis gripping the region. Party members urged the president to "adhere to current immigration law and to direct all agencies in charge ... to provide safe transport back to... more »
  • President to Redirect Federal Resources to Border, Requests Emergency Funding Play Video

    July 1, 2014 8:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama said he's done waiting for Congress to act on immigration. He plans to do what he can on his own. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has reported on the waves of Central American mothers and children arriving in the Rio Grande Valley. The president called... more »
  • Immigration Advocates Hopeful for Reform Play Video

    June 30, 2014 11:01 PM

    WESLACO - Immigration advocates in the Rio Grande Valley are hopeful changes to immigration laws will happen soon. President Obama announced Monday he will take executive action in the next two months to make changes to the immigration system. That has local immigration attorneys and advocates cautiously rejoicing. ... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant on Edge as DPS Patrols Increase Play Video

    June 30, 2014 8:00 PM

    HARLINGEN - An illegal immigrant fears the increased presence of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers in the Rio Grande Valley may cost him his livelihood. The man said he also fears for his family's wellbeing. "I crossed for the first time in 2000 and (again) in 2003,"... more »
  • DHS Secretary Seeks to Dissuade Parents from Sending Children to the U.S. Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:27 PM

    McALLEN - The Department of Homeland Security secretary on Monday said young illegal immigrants will not be allowed to stay in the country. Secretary Jeh Johnson made the statement during a visit to the Rio Grande Valley. He toured a Border Patrol holding facility in McAllen. Monday's visit... more »
  • Costs Mounting in Effort to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:43 PM

    McALLEN - Volunteer efforts and donations only go so far when it comes to the housing and caring of illegal immigrants being released from Border Patrol custody. Volunteers are donating time and items to help the immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen. The church still has to... more »
  • State Lawmakers to Address Surge in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 17, 2014 7:29 PM

    McALLEN - State lawmakers are waking up to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. Democrats and Republicans are coming together to ask the federal government to do more to end the crisis. State representatives are planning a round table with Border Patrol to discuss how... more »
  • RGC Mayor Wants Federal Funds to Deal with Illegal Immigration Play Video

    June 16, 2014 10:18 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal is asking the federal government for money to deal with the wave of illegal immigration impacting the region. Villarreal said local governments should get some of the $2 billion the Obama administration is allocating for the immigration crisis. Rio Grande City's... more »
  • Obama honors WWII, 9/11 generations at Normandy

    June 6, 2014 8:58 AM

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to this hallowed battleground in what he called a "powerful manifestation of America's commitment to human freedom" that lives on in a new generation. "Our commitment to liberty, our claim to equality,... more »
  • Obama honors WWII, 9/11 generations at Normandy

    June 6, 2014 4:17 AM

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) President Barack Obama says the American commitment to liberty that is "written in blood" on the beaches of Normandy endures with a new generation. Obama is honoring the legacy of World War II veterans in a visit to France's Omaha Beach on Friday's 70th anniversary of the... more »
  • Obama meeting with European allies on Ukraine

    June 5, 2014 2:46 AM

    BRUSSELS (AP) President Barack Obama is meeting with two of his most important European allies Britain and France as they navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis now that a new government is coming to power. Obama plans to consult Thursday with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels after... more »
  • Obama meeting with European allies on Ukraine

    June 5, 2014 2:15 AM

    BRUSSELS (AP) President Barack Obama is meeting with two of his most important European allies as they try to navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis including the new government's rise to power. Obama plans to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels after a gathering of world... more »
  • Obama: Ukrainians are heirs to Polish democracy

    June 4, 2014 11:47 AM

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) President Barack Obama held up 25 years of Polish democracy as a beacon for neighboring Ukraine in a public celebration Wednesday, warning Russia that the free world is united against its "dark tactics" to violate Ukraine's sovereignty. "We stand together because we believe that people and nations... more »
  • Obama casts Ukraine crisis as march toward liberty

    June 4, 2014 5:10 AM

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) President Barack Obama is casting the people of Ukraine as heirs to the push for democracy in Poland that helped bring an end to communism in Europe. Obama is speaking at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Poland's first partially free elections. But even as he... more »
  • Obama meets Ukrainian President-elect Poroshenko

    June 4, 2014 2:53 AM

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) President Barack Obama is meeting with the man he hopes can unite Ukraine and pull it out of a crisis that has reignited East-West divisions. Obama's first private meeting with Petro Poroshenko comes 10 days after he was elected to take over Ukraine. The country has been... more »
  • Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

    June 3, 2014 5:59 AM

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the United States plans to boost its military presence in Europe as tensions simmer in the region over Russia's actions in Ukraine. Standing next to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said the U.S. would rotate more American troops into the region... more »
  • Obama: US will boost military presence in Europe

    June 3, 2014 5:41 AM

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops. Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military... more »
  • Obama asks for $1B to boost US military in Europe

    June 3, 2014 4:10 AM

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to back a $1 billion effort to boost the U.S. military presence across Europe. The White House says Obama plans to announce the proposal after meeting with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama arrived in Warsaw earlier Tuesday at the start... more »
  • Ukraine tops agenda as Obama begins European trip

    June 3, 2014 2:50 AM

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) President Barack Obama is highlighting democratic achievements of the past as an example for Ukraine's future as he opens a four-day European visit. Obama arrived in Warsaw on Tuesday to commemorate 25 years since Poland emerged from communism. Before the celebration begins, Obama and Poland's president are... more »
  • Lawmaker: Illegal Immigration Spiraling Out of Control Play Video

    May 30, 2014 8:40 PM

    WESLACO - A surge in illegal immigration in South Texas could spiral into a full-blown humanitarian crisis, experts say. Border Patrol agents are detaining approximately 1,200 people a day in the Valley. They expect that number to double in the next few weeks. Agents are being pulled away... more »
  • Obama seeks to reframe foreign policy as war ends

    May 26, 2014 2:18 AM

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) President Barack Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan Sunday marked the start of a concerted White House effort that aims to answer some questions about his foreign policy philosophy beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ongoing Syrian conflict and Russia's actions in Ukraine have... more »
  • Obama promotes foreign tourism in upstate NY

    May 22, 2014 2:44 PM

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, President Barack Obama on Thursday instructed federal agencies Thursday to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money at their hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other businesses. Obama signed a... more »
  • Obama to trumpet tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame

    May 17, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says he's heading to the Baseball Hall of Fame to stress how tourism can lead to good-paying American jobs. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama announces that he'll visit the hall of fame in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday. Obama says tourism is... more »
  • Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

    May 14, 2014 2:04 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling Hudson River bridge to try to pressure Congress into giving America's roads, bridges and ports an infusion of cash. The Tappan Zee Bridge outside New York City is in dire need of replacement nearly six decades after being built. When... more »
  • Obama, at Wal-Mart, touts efficiency; angers labor

    May 9, 2014 5:03 AM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) President Barack Obama is promoting advances in energy efficiency as part of his broader campaign to confront climate change. He is drawing attention to the effort at a Wal-Mart store, angering labor and pay equity advocates. Obama on Friday is announcing commitments from more than 300... more »
  • Obama taps tech world for cash amid privacy debate

    May 8, 2014 8:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) They come from different worlds the buttoned-down political culture of Washington and the entrepreneurial, socks-optional, let's-do-this-faster ethos of Silicon Valley. But where those worlds overlap, that's where you find President Barack Obama and a wealthy segment of his Democratic donor base. Obama was to attend two high-dollar... more »
  • Obama taps tech world for cash amid privacy debate

    May 8, 2014 2:31 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) They come from different worlds the buttoned-down political culture of Washington and the entrepreneurial, socks-optional, let's-do-this-faster ethos of Silicon Valley. But where those worlds overlap, that's where you find President Barack Obama and a wealthy segment of his Democratic donor base. Obama was to attend two high-dollar... more »
  • Obama taps tech world for cash amid privacy debate

    May 8, 2014 2:21 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) President Barack Obama is attending high-dollar Democratic Party fundraisers hosted by Silicon Valley executives, drawing attention to the complicated relationship between the president and the high-tech industry. The revelations of National Security Agency spying have created an outcry from tech companies whose data have been gathered by... more »
  • Obama: US will help Arkansas rebuild after storms

    May 7, 2014 2:45 PM

    VILONIA, Ark. (AP) President Barack Obama is telling residents of tornado-ravaged communities in Arkansas that their government will be with them until they rebuild. Obama stopped in the state on Wednesday to survey damage from severe storms that tore through Arkansas on April 27. Fifteen people were killed and hundreds... more »
  • Obama promotes his record in 'Year of Action'

    May 3, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is promoting the work he's done in what he's calling his "Year of Action." In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, the president says he's taken more than 20 executive actions to help the economy. The White House paired the address with a 28-page... more »
  • Obama headed home after 4-country Asia tour

    April 29, 2014 2:22 AM

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) President Barack Obama is heading home after a four-country swing through Asia. He is still confronting the challenge of how to deal with Russia's threatening moves toward Ukraine. The issue clouded an Obama tour that was meant to reassure anxious allies in the orbit of a rising... more »
  • Obama raises human rights issues in Malaysia

    April 27, 2014 2:31 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) President Barack Obama said Sunday that he had raised the need for improved human rights in Malaysia with the country's prime minister, but pushed back against suggestions that his failure to meet with a top opposition leader means he is not concerned. Human rights groups have... more »
  • Obama opens long-awaited visit to Malaysia

    April 26, 2014 5:46 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Opening the first visit to Malaysia by a U.S. president in nearly half a century, Barack Obama looked ahead Saturday to economic and security talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak, who leads a southeast Asian nation with an important role in Obama's efforts to forge deeper... more »
  • Obama opens long-awaited visit to Malaysia

    April 26, 2014 5:34 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Opening the first visit to Malaysia by a U.S. president in nearly half a century, Barack Obama looked ahead Saturday to economic and security talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak, who leads a southeast Asian nation with an important role in efforts to forge deeper relations... more »
  • Obama opens long-awaited visit to Malaysia

    April 26, 2014 5:16 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Opening the first visit to Malaysia by a U.S. president in nearly half a century, Barack Obama looked ahead Saturday to economic and security talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak, who leads a southeast Asian nation with an important role in efforts to forge deeper relations... more »
  • Obama arrives in Malaysia; 3rd stop on Asia tour

    April 26, 2014 4:07 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) President Barack Obama is in Malaysia for the third stop on a weeklong goodwill trip through Asia. Obama's arrival Saturday afternoon in Kuala Lumpur makes him the first American president to travel to Malaysia in more than four decades. During the two-day state visit, Obama will... more »
  • Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    April 25, 2014 4:32 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) President Barack Obama says he is visiting South Korea at "a time of great sorrow." The president expressed America's condolences for the 300 dead or missing after last week's ferry disaster. Obama spoke in a press conference Friday with South Korean President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) at... more »
  • Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

    April 25, 2014 2:38 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster. Obama was due at the Blue House, the South Korean equivalent of the White... more »
  • Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

    April 24, 2014 8:39 AM

    TOKYO (AP) As trade negotiators struggled to overcome their differences, President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and urged the U.S. and Japan to take bold steps to complete an agreement that is key to his agenda in the region. Illustrating the... more »
  • Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

    April 24, 2014 4:48 AM

    TOKYO (AP) President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger. During a visit to Tokyo, Obama is urging U.S. and Japanese negotiators to take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He says now is the time to... more »
  • Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo

    April 23, 2014 5:03 AM

    TOKYO (AP) President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night on an official state visit. He was headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo... more »
  • Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage

    April 22, 2014 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama plans a brief visit to the Seattle area to survey damage from a mudslide that killed more than three dozen people. Obama is making a brief stopover Tuesday while on his way to the Asia-Pacific region for a four-country visit. He'll also visit with victims... more »
  • Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    April 12, 2014 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women a leading election-year issue for Democrats. Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address that it's an embarrassment that women earn less than men even in the same professions and with the same education. Obama... more »
  • Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

    April 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities. "The stark, simple truth is... more »
  • Obama to warn against Voting Rights Act erosions

    April 11, 2014 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) Determined to mobilize midterm Democratic voters, President Barack Obama is issuing an election-year warning against state voting requirements and early balloting restrictions that many in his party fear will curb turnout in an already difficult year for Democrats. A day after hailing the Civil Rights Act as... more »
  • Obama to focus civil rights message on voting

    April 11, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) A day after hailing the Civil Rights Act as a lasting legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama's path in... more »
  • Obama to focus civil rights message on voting

    April 11, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama's path in politics. On Friday, Obama will address Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference in New York. The White... more »
  • Obama chides GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill

    April 9, 2014 7:50 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) Denouncing the current Congress as the least productive in modern history, President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Wednesday for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the gender pay gap an issue Democrats are counting on to give them an advantage in the fall elections. Revving up Democratic... more »
  • Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap

    April 8, 2014 11:51 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of "gumming... more »
  • Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap

    April 8, 2014 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Pressing his pay-equity crusade, President Barack Obama has signed executive orders making it easier for employees of federal contractors to get information about wages. The actions aim to reduce gender gaps in compensation that continue to favor men. Obama is sharply criticizing Republicans, saying they are obstacles to... more »
  • Obama, Senate Democrats take aim at gender pay gap

    April 8, 2014 2:35 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, linking Obama executive actions with pending Senate legislation aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. Obama on Tuesday planned to sign an executive order... more »
  • Obama, Senate Democrats take aim at gender pay gap

    April 8, 2014 2:33 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. They are linking Obama's executive actions with pending Senate legislation aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. Obama on Tuesday planned to sign an... more »
  • APNewsBreak: Obama orders to test workplace ideas

    April 6, 2014 5:36 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Lacking congressional backing to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors, following a long-established tradition of presidents exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy directly under their control. This week, the president will sign an... more »
  • APNewsBreak: Obama orders to test workplace ideas

    April 6, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Lacking congressional backing to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors, following a long-established tradition of presidents exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy directly under their control. This week, the president will sign an... more »
  • APNewsBreak: Obama orders to test workplace ideas

    April 6, 2014 5:01 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama will sign an executive order this week that bars federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. He'll also direct the Labor Department on Tuesday to adopt rules requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race.... more »
  • Obama: Republican budget would shrink opportunity

    April 5, 2014 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says the Republican budget proposal would shrink opportunity and make it tougher for hard-working Americans to get ahead. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's budget gives massive tax cuts to the rich while cutting programs like education... more »
  • In Michigan, Obama presses for higher minimum wage

    April 2, 2014 2:57 PM

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on Wednesday to praise the state's ongoing effort to raise the minimum wage and to accuse Republicans who oppose that step in Michigan and in Congress of standing in the way of... more »
  • Obama, Mich. Senate candidate call for higher wage

    April 2, 2014 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is using his call for a higher minimum wage to help boost a Michigan congressman running for the Senate. Obama is being joined Wednesday at the University of Michigan by Rep. Gary Peters. That makes Peters the first Senate candidate to embrace the president's message... more »
  • Trip at an end, Obama has issues waiting at home

    March 29, 2014 2:26 AM

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) A week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington amid looming domestic and foreign challenges, from a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment to renewed worries about Russia's intentions in Eastern Europe. Obama is set to leave... more »
  • Trip at an end, Obama has issues waiting at home

    March 29, 2014 2:24 AM

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) President Barack Obama is wrapping up a week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance and returning to the United States to looming domestic and foreign challenges. High on his list is a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment and renewed worries about Russia's intentions in Eastern... more »
  • Departing Europe, Obama seeks to reassure Saudis

    March 28, 2014 2:00 AM

    ROME (AP) President Barack Obama is leaving the European continent, shifting his attention from an Eastern European power play by Russia to the complicated religious and tribal politics of the Middle East. After four days spread across European capitals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, Obama is off to Saudi... more »
  • Obama tells Pope Francis he is a great admirer

    March 27, 2014 5:44 AM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply... more »
  • Obama at Vatican for 1st meeting with Pope Francis

    March 27, 2014 4:37 AM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) President Barack Obama is holding an historic first meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Obama arrived on an overcast morning at the Vatican's ornate grounds. After a slow procession, he was introduced to Pope Francis and the two shook hands. Obama says at the start of... more »
  • Obama at Vatican for 1st meeting with Pope Francis

    March 27, 2014 4:31 AM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) President Barack Obama is holding an historic first meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Obama arrived on an overcast morning at the Vatican's ornate grounds. After a slow procession, he was introduced to Pope Francis and the two shook hands. Obama says at the start of... more »
  • Russia dominates, but Obama trip broadens outreach

    March 24, 2014 5:51 AM

    AMSTERDAM (AP) President Barack Obama begins a week of international travel with Russia's Crimean incursion at the top of his agenda, even as he simultaneously seeks to re-emphasize U.S. influence abroad. As he arrived in the Netherlands Monday on a sunny and brisk morning, no issue commanded more of Obama's... more »

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