HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe has set national elections for March 29, according to a proclamation issued Friday that angered the opposition, which had called for the vote to be put back until constitutional disputes were settled.
BEIJING - The former chairman of China's No. 2 oil company, Sinopec Corp., has been expelled from the Communist Party and referred to prosecutors on charges of corruption and bribe taking, state media reported Friday.
MIAMI - A Venezuelan man pleaded guilty Friday in a scheme to cover up the source of $800,000 in a suitcase seized in Argentina, where it was allegedly sent by Venezuelans as a donation to Cristina Fernandez's presidential campaign.
PHILADELPHIA - A former federal prosecutor who got a secret court order to bug then-Mayor John Street's office now fights corruption just a few feet from where the listening device was planted.
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - If a Marine wanted in the killing of a 20-year-old pregnant colleague is arrested in Mexico, he will not face lethal injection in North Carolina under a deal offered by prosecutors to the Marine and Mexican authorities.
DIAMOND, Mo. - No one will ever confuse Jim Murray with a teenager. His tall frame, broad shoulders and clipped gray hair give him away for the grandfather he is.
MIAMI - Florida Sen. Mel Martinez will endorse John McCain on Friday, The Associated Press has learned, a move likely to give the Republican presidential candidate a crucial boost with the state's Cuban-Americans just days before the primary.
MIAMI - Former venture capitalist Mitt Romney asserted Friday he is better equipped than his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination - who all have more government experience - because ''the only way to get America on track economically is to have a president who actually understands how the economy works.''
BOCA RATON, Fla. - With their rivals fading, John McCain and Mitt Romney maneuvered to be seen as the strongest Republican general election candidate.
WASHINGTON - In a bow to political reality, President Bush's final State of the Union speech will skip bold proposals in favor of ones the country has heard before, a modest approach for a White House that prides itself on big ideas.
Comedian Steven Wright said, "I broke a mirror in my house and I'm supposed to get seven years' bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday he doesn't plan for a special prosecutor to investigate whether the CIA broke the law when it destroyed videotapes of terror interrogations, defying some in Congress who want an independent look at the politically charged case.
WASHINGTON - Richard Darman, a former White House budget director who helped convince former President George H.W. Bush to renege on his no new taxes pledge, died Friday. He was 64.
WASHINGTON - President Bush urged Congress on Friday to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action will kickstart the sputtering economy. ''I strongly believe it would be a mistake to delay or derail this bill,'' Bush said.
CLEVELAND - Democrat Dennis Kucinich abandoned his presidential bid Friday to focus on a tough race for re-election to Congress.
After some reflection I've concluded that a goodly portion of my life has been consumed with picking up stuff.
Response to an argument over money and to locate a wanted person led law enforcement to find meth labs in two separate locations over the weekend.
An uptick in reports of fake money have police warning citizens to be careful.
ATLANTA - Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars.
The 2014 edition of the Nights of Lights at Guido Gardens will begin Thursday.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.
SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
Are you one of those men that wait until Christmas Eve to buy your wife's gift? She probably has had your gift for weeks, and it is already wrapped and placed under the tree, but you just can't figure out what to get her. While I can't tell you the perfect gift to give your wife, I can tell you what NOT to give her. I must mention that while the following list is pretty accurate, everyone is different. You may have a gourmet chef as your wife, so some fancy frying pan is just what she ...
They're the most familiar names at this time of year, but Mary and Joseph are disappearing from the cultural landscape as quickly as Santa's sleigh at daybreak.
A recent survey by SunTrust Banks found nearly 40 percent of consumers feel pressured to spend more than they can afford this holiday season.
The holiday season is a time of giving. We give of ourselves because we want to be "the good guy." We want to be helpful, well-regarded, valued and, of course, our hearts tell us that giving is the right thing to do. Plus, giving feels just plain good.
WASHINGTON - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jim Harbaugh welcomes a sit-down with 49ers CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke to discuss the future - his future - after a season that will end in two weeks without a playoff berth for the first time during his four-year tenure.