Sen. John McCain says Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's troops are his heroes. The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee made the remark after arriving on Friday in the opposition capital of Benghazi in the rebel-held eastern Libya.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine U.S. combat troops and aviators wearing body armor that fits so poorly that it's tough to position a weapon to shoot, combat uniforms with knee pads that hit around mid-shin and flight suits that make it nearly impossible to urinate while in flight. For many female troops, it's just another day on the battlefield as they wear clothing and protective gear designed primarily for men. Each of these issues is now getting some attention from the military.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama came to the West Coast looking to sell a long-term plan for reducing the nation's deficit. But he couldn't escape the reality that many Americans are still waiting for short-term solutions to their economic problems, from persistent unemployment to the crippled housing market. Obama' trip combined town halls and fundraisers for his newly formed re-election campaign. Voters in California and Nevada expressed an interest and understanding about the need for deficit reduction, but they also made clear that the economic recovery still hasn't fully taken hold in ways that are meaningful to them.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. drones fired 10 missiles at a house in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least 25 people, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The strike came a day after Pakistan's army chief denounced such attacks, and could further sour already deteriorating relations between Washington and Islamabad. Also Friday, hundreds of militants attacked a checkpoint in a northwest Pakistani district along the border overnight and into the morning hours, killing 14 security troops, officials said — a show of insurgents' continued strength despite army offensives against them.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Embattled Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada announced Thursday that he will resign amid an ongoing ethics investigation, a move that could spare him from the continued embarrassment of the closely watched probe. Ensign insisted he's done nothing wrong, but said he could no longer expose his family and constituents to the intense focus on his extramarital affair with a former staffer and the ethical allegations clouding that relationship.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fairy tale has come true for a poor Mexican teenager who spent 16 days on a hunger strike hoping to wrangle an invitation to Britain's royal wedding. Touched by her attempt, a good Samaritan put up the airfare to London, where she hopes to at least watch the festivities from outside Westminster Abbey. Estibalis Chavez, a 19-year-old studying for her high-school equivalency degree, drew public attention in February when she camped in a tent outside the British Embassy in Mexico City for more than two weeks. She hoped her perseverance would get her invited to the gala wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
FUTABA, Japan (AP) — Japanese police sealed off roads leading into an evacuation zone around a radiation-spewing nuclear power plant Friday to enforce an order meant to keep residents from sneaking back to their homes. Road blocks with large flashing "Off Limits" signs were set up along major streets leading into the 12-mile (20-kilometer ) zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors, where nearly 80,000 people were hurriedly evacuated after last month's earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant's cooling systems.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said Friday its global car production, disrupted by parts shortages from Japan's earthquake and tsunami, won't return to normal until November or December — threatening its spot as the world's top-selling automaker. President Akio Toyoda apologized to customers in a statement for the delays due to the twin disasters that damaged suppliers in northeastern Japan and affected automakers around the world.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stefano Langone isn't closer to becoming an "American Idol." The smooth 21-year-old singer from Kent, Wash., received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent contest Thursday, despite impressing the judges with his voice — and dance moves — on Ne-Yo's "Closer." Langone, a wild-card finalist rescued by the "Idol" judges, appeared as one of the show's bottom-three vote getters a total of four times.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sharks and Kings skated through a scoreless opening period. Then Scott Nichol lured Los Angeles star defenseman Drew Doughty off the ice with offsetting roughing penalties, opening the door to three straight goals by San Jose. The Kings never fully recovered.