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Atlanta courthouse shooting trial begins

ATLANTA - The man accused of a courthouse shooting rampage that left four people dead pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday as his trial began amid high security, more than three years after prosecutors say he confessed in the killings.

July 25, 2008 | By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer | National


Increasingly popular caviar raises health concerns

SMITHLAND, Ky. - The buzz of an outboard motor sends pelicans skyward as Charlie Hopkins' skiff glides along the Ohio River to paddlefish nets placed beneath the murky surface.

July 25, 2008 | By ROGER ALFORD Associated Press Writer | National


AP IMPACT: An American life worth less today

WASHINGTON - It's not just the American dollar that's losing value. A government agency has decided that an American life isn't worth what it used to be.

July 25, 2008 | By SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press Writer | National


In tucked-away Tulum, battle rages for one of Mexico’s still untouched beaches

MEXICO CITY - The soldiers seemed out of place in paradise.

July 25, 2008 | By TRACI CARL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Senate OKs promotions of Iraq generals

WASHINGTON - Notwithstanding months of partisan wrangling in Congress over the Iraq war, the Senate Thursday handily confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the top commander in the Middle East and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno to replace Petraeus as the chief military officer in Iraq.

July 25, 2008 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Washington


Flames force Calif. residents to flee — again

OROVILLE, Calif. - Firefighters worked overnight to keep flames from reaching more homes after a lightning-sparked wildfire advanced early Thursday in California's Sierra Nevada foothills.

July 25, 2008 | By DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writer | National


Yahoo opens search toolkit in quest for more ads

SAN FRANCISCO - Having fallen so far behind Google Inc. that it became a takeover target, Yahoo Inc. is banking on the creativity of other Web developers to help preserve its independence and regain ground in the lucrative Internet search advertising market.

July 25, 2008 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer | National


Dallas police find cocaine in car used by officers

DALLAS - Police didn't have to go far to find $400,000 worth of cocaine - it was in an undercover car they'd been driving for two months.

July 25, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Iraqis tortured by UK military settle case for $6M

LONDON - A major case involving the abuse and torture of 10 Iraqi civilians at the hands of the British military was settled Thursday, with lawyers for the victims saying the Ministry of Defense agreed to pay them just under $6 million.

July 25, 2008 | By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


NKorea nuclear talks resume, focus on verification

BEIJING - Negotiators resumed talks Thursday on North Korea's nuclear disarmament, looking to lay out a program for what could be a lengthy attempt to verify the country's declaration of its atomic materials.

July 25, 2008 | By KWANG-TAE KIM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US-India nuke pact in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - Even with India's last-minute revival of a languishing civil nuclear accord with the United States, it may be too late for an election-year Congress to ratify what has been one of President Bush's top foreign policy initiatives.

July 25, 2008 | By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press Writer | Washington


Fed chief: Gov’t needs more power when firms fail

WASHINGTON - The nation's top economic officials urged Congress on Thursday to give them new regulatory tools to better protect the country from economic and financial havoc if a major Wall Street firm were to fail.

July 25, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Prisons trying to get cell phones out of cells

JESSUP, Md. - Corrections officials across the country are trying to get cell phones out of prison cells.

July 25, 2008 | By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press Writer | National


Darfur rebels condemn killings of 7 peacekeepers

KHARTOUM, Sudan - The two main Darfur rebel groups condemned on Thursday an attack that killed seven peacekeepers from a joint U.N.-African Union force and wounded nearly two dozen.

July 25, 2008 | By MOHAMED OSMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqis tortured by UK military settle case for $6M

LONDON - A major case involving the abuse and torture of 10 Iraqi civilians at the hands of the British military was settled Thursday, with lawyers for the victims saying the Ministry of Defense agreed to pay them just under $6 million.

July 25, 2008 | By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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