WASHINGTON - In a shower of pink slips, U.S. employers cut jobs last month for the first time in more than four years, the starkest signal yet that the economy is grinding to a halt if it hasn't already toppled into recession.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking more than $20 billion in its 2009 budget to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps as the military struggles to fight wars on two fronts, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
AUGUSTA - Statesboro senior Monnette Bennett hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and scored 23 points to lift the Lady Blue Devils to a 43-40 victory at Lakeside Friday night.
WASHINGTON - Investigators are preparing to test pig brains as they struggle to tell what is causing a mysterious nerve illness affecting pork plant workers in Minnesota and Indiana, but so far have found no signs of wider infection, federal health officials said Friday.
WASHINGTON - Flu season is in full swing, with wide outbreaks in 11 states - and a new strain is starting to emerge that this year's vaccine doesn't specifically target, the government's public health chief said Friday.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Hundreds of rebels charged into Chad's capital aboard pickup trucks Saturday, clashing with government troops around the presidential palace in the most forceful attempt yet to oust President Idriss Deby. The rebels claimed to gain strength from defecting soldiers in the oil-rich Central African nation.
PARIS - They had a glitzy, jet-setting courtship, but when it came time for the wedding, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni opted for a simple, classic ceremony - and the bride wore white.
BAGHDAD - Weeping relatives loaded simple wood coffins atop minivans Saturday in Baghdad as the city buried dozens of victims of the deadliest bombings since the U.S. flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.
EDITOR'S NOTE - A generation back, conservationists warned of a ''well-hidden time bomb'' in the destruction of rain forests. Today even more trees fall. This is the first in a three-part global series on deforestation, its threat to climate, and what may be done about it.
HULHUMALE, Maldives - Running out of space in its crowded capital, this republic of 1,200 islands thought it had a can't-miss solution: build another island.
BUFORD, Ga. - Two off-duty officers from different police departments wounded each other in a gun fight in the middle of a road in an Atlanta suburb, authorities said.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A treasured old photograph, a police investigator's long-shot appeal to the public and a retiree's sharp memory have combined to solve a 15-year-old drowning mystery.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - Brace yourself for more wintry weather.
NEW YORK - When a cabdriver tried to get Matthew Daus to pay a fare with cash instead of a credit card, Daus knew that wasn't right. As the head of the commission that regulates city taxis, he would know.
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