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Report urges overhauling how passports are issued

WASHINGTON - The State Department insisted Friday it can handle the growing demand for passports, despite congressional investigators' findings that the agency has not overhauled the system to avoid repeating last summer's backlog fiasco.

August 09, 2008 | By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer | Washington


Tarantulas, fire ants lurk in Texas floodwaters

EDINBURG, Texas - South Texans eager to salvage what they can from waterlogged homes struck by Hurricane Dolly have another problem: The floodwaters they're slogging through are laced with stinging fire ants, snakes and even deadly tarantulas.

August 09, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press Writer | National


Struggling college students turn to food banks

SEATTLE - Just blocks from the University of Washington, a line of people shuffle toward a food pantry, awaiting handouts such as milk and bread.

August 09, 2008 | By WHITNEY MALKIN Associated Press Writer | National


Police: Paparazzi, guards, fight at Jolie chateau

PARIS - It sounds like a scene from ''Fight Club.''

August 09, 2008 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Karadzic is interviewed on arrest details, faces Friday deadline to file appeal

BELGRADE, Serbia - A prosecutor interviewed war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic on Friday about the details of his arrest, his lawyer said, amid efforts by the ex-Bosnian Serb warlord to fight his extradition to the U.N. war crimes tribunal.

August 09, 2008 | By JOVANA GEC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Mexican military losing drug war support

OJINAGA, Mexico - This hardscrabble Mexican border town welcomed 400 soldiers when they arrived four months ago to stop a wave of drug violence that brought daytime gunbattles to its main street.

August 09, 2008 | By DAN KEANE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


3 Pa. teens charged in fatal beating of immigrant

PORT CARBON, Pa. - Three white teens were charged Friday in what officials said was an epithet-filled fatal beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant in a small northeast Pennsylvania coal town.

August 09, 2008 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Writer | National


Bush critics get an unimpeachable forum

WASHINGTON - Call it the un-impeachment hearing.

August 09, 2008 | By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer | Washington


Food industry bitten by its lobbying success

WASHINGTON - The food industry must drop any remaining opposition to electronic record-keeping and back an effective system for tracing contaminated food to its source, a lawmaker investigating food safety said Friday.

August 09, 2008 | By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer | Washington


Former football player sentenced in brawl

NEW ORLEANS - A former Tulane University football player convicted of attempted manslaughter for his role in a brawl outside a Bourbon Street nightclub was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

August 09, 2008 | By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press Writer | National


Ga. falls behind on No Child measurements

ATLANTA - The number of Georgia public schools meeting federal No Child Left Behind requirements plummeted this year after thousands of students failed state math tests.

August 09, 2008 | By DORIE TURNER Associated Press Writer | National


Okla. crane fall kills man watching construction

OKLAHOMA CITY - A crane holding a church steeple toppled Thursday morning, crushing a car and killing an 80-year-old man who was watching the construction from inside the vehicle, firefighters said.

August 08, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Schwarzenegger threatens minimum wage for workers

SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to pay thousands of state employees the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour until lawmakers reach a deal on California's overdue state budget.

August 08, 2008 | By JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press Writer | National


Memo: ’Good faith’ protects against torture charge

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department in 2002 told the CIA that its interrogators would be safe from prosecution for violations of anti-torture laws if they believed 'in good faith' that harsh techniques used to break the will of prisoners, including waterboarding, would not cause ''prolonged mental harm.''

August 08, 2008 | By PAMELA HESS and LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


New disability regs prompt chorus of concern

WASHINGTON - Thousands of gallons of water pulse through cascading waterfalls and rapids at Adventure Mini Golf in Lake Worth, Fla. The course, which covers about an acre, features different elevations.

August 08, 2008 | By STEPHANIE S. GARLOW Associated Press Writer | Washington


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