Despite rebel setbacks and an increasingly public rift with NATO allies, the U.S. will stick to its plan to remain in the back seat of the Libya air campaign, the Obama administration insisted Tuesday after three weeks of air missions that have failed to turn the tide against Moammar Gadhafi. France's defense minister declared that without full American participation, the West probably would not be able to stop attacks by Gadhafi loyalists on besieged rebel cities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's touted as the biggest one-time rollback of domestic spending ever, but most folks will be hard-pressed to notice. After all, it's just 1 percent of what the government will lay out this year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be running for president, but he's not ready to be official about it. Pawlenty moved quickly Tuesday to knock down a CNN story that appeared to show him officially entering the race.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Five generals pledged their loyalty to President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday following the capture of the country's strongman leader after a four-month standoff, as French and Ivorian forces worked to eliminate the last pockets of resistance. Ouattara's spokesman Patrick Achi confirmed that the generals who had been fighting on Laurent Gbagbo's side right up until his capture swore allegiance before Ouattara one by one at the Golf Hotel, where he set up his presidency after Gbagbo refused to acknowledge losing the November presidential election.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Five new high schools in New Jersey's largest city have been awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million from last fall's $100 million donation made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The awards were announced Tuesday by the Foundation for Newark's Future, the organization created to disburse the money.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry took to the air Tuesday to survey some of the ravaged counties of West Texas devastated by wildfires that have blackened tens of thousands of acres, destroyed dozens of homes and left one firefighter critically injured. Perry flew in a plane over fires still burning in the rolling plains of Stonewall County with state emergency management chief Nim Kidd before appearing at a news conference at a Texas Forest Service command center in the town of Merkel in Taylor County.
BERLIN (AP) — An FBI report kept secret for 25 years said the Soviet Union "quite likely fabricated" evidence central to the prosecution of John Demjanjuk — a revelation that could help the defense as closing arguments resume Wednesday in the retired Ohio auto worker's Nazi war crimes trial in Germany. The newly declassified FBI field office report, obtained by The Associated Press, casts doubt on the authenticity of a Nazi ID card that is the key piece of evidence in allegations that Demjanjuk served as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The latest two sets of remains found along a New York beach highway are human, authorities said Tuesday, bringing to 10 the number of bodies found in a search for victims of a suspected serial killer. Authorities have not definitively linked all the remains found in the past five months to the same suspect, but they have said four Craigslist escorts found in December likely were victims of a serial killer.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — On a memorable day in space history, NASA began its goodbyes to the shuttle program Tuesday, announcing the aged spacecraft will retire to museums in Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and suburban Washington and sending a test-flight orbiter to New York City. It was an emotional day — the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle launch and the 50th anniversary of man's first journey into space by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Just two more shuttle flights remain, and the head of NASA choked up as he revealed the new homes for the spacecraft in an event at the Kennedy Space Center.
DETROIT (AP) — Texas slugger Josh Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his upper right arm on a headfirst dive into home plate Tuesday, a daring dash the AL MVP later called "stupid." Hamilton tried to score from third on a foul popup near the Detroit dugout in the first inning. Third baseman Brandon Inge and catcher Victor Martinez both chased the ball, leaving the plate unprotected.