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More travel than usual is a strong possibility in the year ahead. There is a likelihood that you will even take a trip to a distant place you have long desired to visit, and it will be everything that you expected it to be.

January 11, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

Bush demands justice for Bhutto murderers; assassination complicates US policy

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration scrambled Thursday with the implications of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination after investing significant diplomatic capital in promoting reconciliation between her and President Pervez Musharraf.

January 11, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | National

U.S. cities offer cash and perks to encourage residents to adopt energy-saving measures

PARKLAND, Fla. - Free hybrid-car parking. Cash rebates for installing solar panels. Low-interest loans for energy-saving home renovations. Money to tear up desert lawns and replace them with drought-resistant landscaping.

January 11, 2008 | By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press Writer | National

Bridge 12/27

Tennis superstar Martina Navratilova claimed: "Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost."

January 11, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Pakistan’s Sharif says his party will boycott elections; calls for Musharraf to resign

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif announced Thursday his party was boycotting next month's elections following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He demanded that President Pervez Musharraf resign immediately.

January 11, 2008 | By ZARAR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

US troops successfully battle Sunni and Shiite extremists

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces said they waged successful battles against both Sunni and Shiite extremists and announced Thursday they had seized two men possibly linked to the capture of three American soldiers earlier this year.

January 11, 2008 | By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

Hindus torch churches, Christians burn homes in 3rd day of India violence

NEW DELHI - Hindu extremists torched nearly a dozen churches and the home of a Christian leader Thursday, defying a curfew imposed to quell three days of religious violence in eastern India. Christians retaliated by setting fire to several homes belonging to Hindus.

January 11, 2008 | By GAVIN RABINOWITZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

New Jersey law restricts some sex offenders from surfing the Web

EWING, N.J. - Convicted sex offenders who used the Internet to help them commit their crimes will be banned from using the Internet under a measure signed into law Thursday.

January 11, 2008 | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press Writer | National

Kenyans go to polls for tight presidential vote amid rigging claims

NAIROBI, Kenya - Millions turned out Thursday for Kenya's closest-ever presidential race - a contest pitting President Mwai Kibaki against a former ally - in relatively peaceful balloting after a campaign marked by violence and vote-rigging charges.

January 11, 2008 | By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Associated Press

Benazir Bhutto’s life a sweeping epic of blood and controversy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto was many things - zealous guardian of her dead father's legacy, aristocratic populist, accused rogue, even one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people. And in the end, she was a victim of roiling passions in the nation she sought to lead for a third time.

January 11, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and JERRY SCHWARTZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

IRS says more than 3 million could have to wait until February to get refund

WASHINGTON - More than 3 million people will have to wait until February to get their tax refunds because of Congress' late fix to the alternative minimum tax, the IRS said Thursday.

January 11, 2008 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press Writer | National

AP IMPACT: House members spent $20.3 million on mailings to constituents

WASHINGTON - U.S. House members spent $20.3 million in tax money last year to send constituents what's often the government equivalent of junk mail - meeting announcements, tips on car care and job interviews, surveys on public policy and just plain bragging.

January 11, 2008 | By DENNIS CONRAD Associated Press Writer | National

Pair suspected in deaths of 6 family members near Seattle due in court

CARNATION, Wash. - Detectives painstakingly picked their way Thursday through the rural property where six people were killed Christmas Eve, and prosecutors prepared charges against the property owners' daughter and her boyfriend, authorities said.

January 11, 2008 | By ELIZABETH M. GILLESPIE Associated Press Writer | National

Pakistanis in US express horror at Bhutto assassination, fear for the future of their homeland

NEW YORK - With shock and dismay, Pakistanis gathered around television sets in immigrant neighborhoods across the U.S. on Thursday after learning that their homeland's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack.

January 11, 2008 | By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press Writer | National

NY man freed on bail 17 years after convicted of killing parents in one of first TV trials

NEW YORK - A man found guilty 17 years ago of murdering his parents as a teenager was freed from prison Thursday, days after an appeals court overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial because of new evidence.

January 11, 2008 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer | National

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