WASHINGTON - American combat troops will be needed in Iraq at least into 2009 to battle a resilient al-Qaida and still vibrant insurgency, the top U.S. diplomat to Iraq told The Associated Press on Friday.
WASHINGTON - Nervous employers cut 17,000 jobs in January - the first such reduction in more than four years and a fresh sign that the economy is in danger of stalling.
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling broadening its own authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
SAN FRANCISCO - It would literally take an act of Congress before a city ballot proposal to turn Alcatraz into a global peace center could become reality.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - A teacher who was upset because she didn't get her preferred classroom assignment left more than a dozen scribbled threats at her elementary school and a suspicious device in a student's desk, authorities said.
LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson filed court papers seeking dismissal of half the charges against him, saying prosecutors in Nevada failed to meet legal standards to prosecute him for kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy, his lawyer said Friday.
HONOLULU - A meeting of delegates from the nations that emit the most pollutants ended without concrete targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, but participants praised what they saw as a new willingness by the United States to discuss possible solutions.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A convicted child rapist who was released by a judge even though prosecutors said he was likely to strike again has been charged with raping a 6-year-old boy at a library.
HOUSTON - An embattled prosecutor facing a contempt charge for deleting e-mails was grilled Friday by a federal judge who said he should have known better than to erase material he had been ordered to turn over.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dave Gilligan remembers being pushed outside to play baseball and other sports, but feeling it just wasn't for him.
SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets.
BOSTON - A computer science student who unwittingly created an airport bomb scare by wearing a blinking circuit board attached to her shirt had a First Amendment right to express herself in that manner, her lawyer argued Friday.
GUANGZHOU, China - Hu Qingyuan camped out Friday, waiting for a train to take him home for the Chinese New Year holiday - his only chance each year to see his wife and 8-year-old son.
The deal for the Christmas competition came from a book by Jose Le Dentu, an excellent French writer and player who died in 1997.
ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Friday that they are reopening their investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist.
The fatal Sunday morning fire in Millen has been ruled "undetermined," according to Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.
Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria's neighbors not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group.
AMMAN, Jordan - Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State training centers and weapons storage sites Thursday, intensifying attacks after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot.
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SAN DIEGO - One player not concerned about Tiger Woods and his golf game is his longest rival - Phil Mickelson.
Georgia Southern University hosted its second annual "Day at the Capitol" event on Tuesday in Atlanta.
A man is in jail after a female acquaintance told Bulloch County deputies that he had kidnapped her.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Dan Quinn is looking to build a defense that plays "fast and physical" and an offense with balance as coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
SAVANNAH - Lamont Ballard looked like the coolest person in the gym. And, as it turned out he was.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez removed a juror Tuesday, saying there was evidence she had previously discussed evidence in the case and had an early interest in being seated on the panel.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - When John Smoltz plopped down in a director's chair inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and stared at all the bronze plaques on the walls, the moment was both magical and a bit overwhelming.
DENVER - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars with an SUV after a night of partying in Aspen, Colorado, but agreed to let his longtime girlfriend take the blame to avoid national attention, police reports show.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday he has seen enough of the NFL's investigation of fake crowd noise at Atlanta's home games to acknowledge wrongdoing.
A space heater is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Millen Sunday morning that took the life of a teenage boy.