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Immigrants flee South Africa’s wave of violence

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Hundreds of terrified immigrants fled South Africa on Thursday from a wave of anti-foreigner violence that has killed at least 42 people and shredded the nation's reputation for economic and political stability.

June 06, 2008 | By DONNA BRYSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

China says death toll in quake more than 51,000

BEICHUAN, China - China said the toll of dead and missing from last week's powerful earthquake jumped to more than 80,000, while the government appealed Thursday for millions of tents to shelter homeless survivors.

June 06, 2008 | By AUDRA ANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

California is rewriting its marriage forms for gays

LOS ANGELES - You have to figure ''bride'' and ''groom'' are out.

June 06, 2008 | By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press Writer | National

Congress enacts most of farm bill over Bush veto

WASHINGTON - Congress enacted a massive election-year farm bill Thursday over President Bush's veto, sending new and bigger subsidies for farmers and more food stamps to help the poor with rising grocery prices.

June 06, 2008 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer | Washington

Bridge 5/23

Look first at the South hand. Your partner opens one club, you respond one heart, and he rebids one spade. What would you do now?

June 06, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

US government: Up to 9 Atlantic hurricanes in 2008

TAMPA, Fla. - The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season could be slightly busier than average, with a good chance of six to nine hurricanes forming, federal forecasters said Thursday in a new way of making predictions.

June 06, 2008 | By ANTHONY McCARTNEY Associated Press Writer | National

Aspen trees starved in global warming experiment

PELLSTON, Mich. - Chain saws scream in a northern Michigan forest, but it's not the familiar sound of lumberjacks.

June 06, 2008 | By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press Writer | National

Dear Abby 5/23

DEAR ABBY: Would you please invite all Americans to stand together, unified in spirit, for 60 seconds of respectful silence during the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time this Memorial Day?

June 06, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

Petraeus says by fall he may seek Iraq troop cuts

WASHINGTON - Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday he is likely to recommend further troop reductions in Iraq but won't promise more details until fall - timing that plunges the four-star Army general into the heart of this year's presidential elections.

June 06, 2008 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Washington

Australian dilemma: too many kangaroos, too few devils

CANBERRA, Australia - Too many kangaroos, too few Tasmanian devils. Two of the country's beloved icons are challenging Australians' thinking on wildlife management.

June 05, 2008 | By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

AP IMPACT: Leaky New Orleans levee alarms experts

NEW ORLEANS - Despite more than $22 million in repairs, a levee that broke with catastrophic effect during Hurricane Katrina is leaking again because of the mushy ground on which New Orleans was built, raising serious questions about the reliability of the city's flood defenses.

June 05, 2008 | By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer | National

Local Roundup: Titans send Screven home empty handed

The Screven County Gamecocks were knocked out of the GHSA Class AA playoffs in Game Two Wednesday by North Oconee in an 18-7 decision advancing the Titans to the Final Four.

June 05, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Sports

Unlikely pair to start side by side at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS - The personalities of Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon are worlds apart.

June 05, 2008 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports

Scientists witness start of star’s explosive death

WASHINGTON - In a stroke of cosmic luck, astronomers for the first time witnessed the start of one of the universe's most fiery events: the end of a star's life as it exploded into a supernova.

June 05, 2008 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Washington

Bush vetoes farm bill

WASHINGTON - President Bush vetoed the $300 billion farm bill on Wednesday, calling it a tax increase on regular Americans at a time of high food prices in the face of a near-certain override by Congress.

June 05, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Washington

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