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Texas is the No. 1 carbon polluter, in part because Texans like their vehicles big

AUSTIN, Texas - Everything's big in Texas - big pickup trucks, big SUVs and the state's big carbon footprint, too.

January 31, 2008 | By APRIL CASTRO Associated Press Writer | National

Former congressman charged in conspiracy involving terror fundraising ring

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.

January 31, 2008 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington

U.S. ambassador says ‘‘it is not going to be easy’’ to get a political settlement

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.

January 31, 2008 | By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer | Washington

Israel kills 3 in airstrike, Gaza militants hit Israel with rockets, mortars

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.

January 31, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Japan suspends Antarctic whale hunt during standoff over 2 protesters on harpoon boat

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.

January 31, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Angry judge raises O.J. Simpson’s bail to $250,000; lectures him for violating original terms

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.

January 31, 2008 | By KEN RITTER Associated Press Writer | National

Two DeKalb police officers ’ambushed,’ killed in morning shooting

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.

January 31, 2008 | By DANIEL YEE Associated Press Writer | National

Coast Guard court hears former cadet’s appeal of sexual misconduct conviction

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.

January 31, 2008 | By ANDREW MIGA Associated Press Writer | National

Dead girl’s torment revisited at stepfather’s NYC murder trial

NEW YORK - There had been warning signs for years before 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown died from a vicious blow to the head.

January 31, 2008 | By TOM HAYS Associated Press Writer | National

Islamic militants seize Pakistani fort in border zone, delivering new blow to Musharraf

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.

January 31, 2008 | By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD and SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writers | Associated Press

Republicans wrestle over conservative mantle in SC as Democratic race heats up in the west

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.

January 31, 2008 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008

Mubarak endorses U.S. hopes for Mideast peace deal

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.

January 31, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer | Associated Press

Dear Abby 1/16

DEAR ABBY: I am ashamed and angry at myself because I think I have made a mistake that is impossible to correct.

January 31, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

Bridge 1/16

Albert Schweitzer, who was a theologian, musician and philosopher in addition to being a medical missionary, said, "As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious."

January 31, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Astrograph 1/16

Financial conditions look encouraging in the year ahead, but only if you are determined to succeed and willing to do what it takes to generate the returns you want. Nothing will be handed to you on a silver platter.

January 31, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

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