MONTECRISTI, Ecuador - A proposed new constitution grants Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa broad powers including the ability to dissolve Congress and set monetary policy, and would let him stay in office through 2017.
BERLIN - The warm welcome that washed over Barack Obama during his Berlin appearance Thursday made it abundantly clear that Europeans have a strong desire to heal the trans-Atlantic rift and the Democratic president candidate is a good choice for the job.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 21-year-old woman working at an Alaskan lodge for the summer was attacked by a grizzly bear about 25 yards outside a building.
MIAMI - One of two men accused of killing four people aboard a fishing charter last year pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for an agreement that prosecutors will not seek the death penalty.
PRICE, Utah - Federal regulators giving a report on what went wrong at a deadly Utah mine cave-in last summer said they expected a critique of their own performance by another agency.
WASHINGTON - The National Park Service wanted to close a section of Yellowstone Park in the wintertime because of the risk of avalanche. No way, protested businesses in Cody, Wyo., that wanted to promote more tourism.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - A court sentenced one of Argentina's most feared former military leaders to life in prison on Thursday for the 1977 kidnapping, torture and killing of four leftist activists.
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates shot up this week with 30-year mortgages climbing to the highest level in nearly a year, reflecting concerns in financial markets about the troubles at corporate giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Actress Candice Bergen said, "I used to believe that marriage would diminish me, reduce my options, that you had to be someone less to live with someone else. When, of course, you have to be someone more."
If you are bored or disenchanted with your lifestyle, the year ahead will be the perfect time to make productive changes. But unless you do, don't expect anything to change. Life will be what you make of it -- all by yourself.
WASHINGTON - It's so easy to fabricate the medical certificates required to operate commercial trucks on the nation's highways that there's almost no incentive for truckers to obtain a legitimate document, according to a congressional study.
FORT STANTON CAVE, N.M. - Hundreds of feet beneath Earth's surface, a few seasoned cave explorers venture where no human has set foot. Their headlamps illuminate mud-covered walls, gypsum crystals and mineral deposits.
WASHINGTON - Sixteen years after Barbie dolls declared, ''Math class is tough!'' girls are proving that when it comes to math they are just as tough as boys.
WASHINGTON - The towering trucks that give U.S. troops the best protection against roadside bombs and enemy bullets also make them vulnerable to routine hazards like sharp turns, rutted roads and rickety bridges.
SAN DIEGO - The Marine Corps said Thursday that charges were dismissed against a Camp Pendleton Marine sniper accused in the shooting deaths of two Syrians in Iraq.
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