BAGHDAD - A woman wearing a vest lined with explosives blew herself up near Shiite worshippers in turbulent Diyala province north of the capital Wednesday, killing nine of them - the latest in a growing number of female suicide attacks.
WASHINGTON - The economy lost momentum heading into the new year as shoppers tightened their belts and manufacturers were stung by weak demand for cars and housing-related goods.
AUSTIN, Texas - Everything's big in Texas - big pickup trucks, big SUVs and the state's big carbon footprint, too.
WASHINGTON - A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Violence was down in Kenya on Wednesday, but the U.S. ambassador said it was ''not going to be easy'' to persuade Kenya's president and opposition leader to agree to power-sharing to remedy the outcome of their hotly disputed election.
JERUSALEM - Israeli aircraft targeting Palestinian rocket squads on Wednesday killed a 12-year-old boy, his father and uncle in a bungled attack, while Islamic militants, enraged by the death of their leader's son in an Israeli raid, bombarded Israel with rocket and mortar fire.
TOKYO - Protesters scored a victory in a high-seas campaign to disrupt Japan's whale hunt in the Antarctic, forcing the fleet to a standstill Wednesday while officials scrambled to unload two activists who used a rubber boat to get on board a harpoon vessel.
LAS VEGAS - An angry judge doubled O.J. Simpson's bail to $250,000 on Wednesday for violating terms of his original bail by attempting to contact a co-defendant in the armed robbery case against him.
DECATUR, Ga. - Two off-duty DeKalb County police officers were killed early Wednesday in what appeared to be an ambush at an apartment complex in what residents described as a high-crime neighborhood, police said.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Lawyers for a former cadet who was the first student court-martialed in the 130-year history of the Coast Guard Academy asked an appeals court Wednesday to reverse his convictions for sexual misconduct.
NEW YORK - There had been warning signs for years before 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown died from a vicious blow to the head.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - In an embarrassing battlefield defeat for Pakistan's army, Islamic extremists attacked and seized a small fort near the Afghan border, leaving at least 27 soldiers dead or missing.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson tussled Wednesday over who's the true conservative while the Democratic contest in Nevada indicated the truce called over racially sensitive matters does not extend to other points of dispute.
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - President Bush's fast-track plan for a Mideast peace agreement got a welcome endorsement Wednesday from a nation long seen as a key Arab mediator. Bush responded by pulling his punches on the human rights backpedaling in Egypt that have cooled relations with this longtime ally.
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