Small French candidates struggle with endorsement deadline

PARIS (AP) -- It's breakfast time in Paris, but Jean Lassalle's mobile phone keeps vibrating on his desk at a small campaign headquarters a stone's throw from the Eiffel tower. "It's a good omen. A lot of mayors are calling me," the 61-year-old centrist lawmaker said. Lassalle's team is trying to secure the final endorsements he needs to be a candidate in France's spring presidential election, and aides are busy working the phones.

St. Louis mayoral race holds lessons for black candidates

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A generation after St. Louis elected its first African-American mayor, many in the black community are convinced that unchecked egos cost them the chance to regain leadership of the racially divided city. Lyda Krewson, 64, a white alderwoman, defeated black city Treasurer Tishaura Jones by fewer than 900 votes in Tuesday's all-important Democratic primary. St.

Palestinian envoy warns against moving US embassy in Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Palestinian's top envoy to the United States is warning that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could disrupt efforts to secure peace in the Middle East. Maen Areikat says an "emotional decision" to shift the embassy's location "is going to have very, very negative repercussions" and could seriously complicate and undermine any future efforts to resolve the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Harrison drops out of DNC race, backs Perez

ATLANTA (AP) -- South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison is exiting the race for Democratic National Committee chairman and throwing his support to Tom Perez, solidifying the former Labor Secretary's place as the front-runner in a still-volatile contest. Harrison said he simply lacked support to secure the 224 votes needed to capture the chairmanship. Party leaders will vote on the final day of the three-day meeting that began Thursday in Atlanta.