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Paula Deen defends diabetes secret

NEW YORK - Paula Deen, the Southern belle of butter and heavy cream, is making no apologies for waiting three years to disclose she has diabetes while continuing to dish up deep-fried cheesecake and other high-calorie, high-fat recipes on TV.

January 17, 2012 | LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press | World

Jon Huntsman quits GOP race

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Jon Huntsman abandoned his once-promising campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday and endorsed Mitt Romney as the man "best equipped to defeat Barack Obama'" in the fall.

January 16, 2012 | By KASIE HUNT and PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press | World

Statesboro, nation to observe MLK Day

A parade down Main Street today will highlight Statesboro's observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday and President Barack Obama and his family will be among those around the country who will honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader.

January 16, 2012 | From Staff, Wire Reports | World

Boxing great Muhammad Ali gets 70th birthday bash

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - At 70, Muhammad Ali is "still the greatest" to friends and admirers worldwide.

January 15, 2012 | By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press | World

Ship aground off Italy; 3 bodies found

PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy - Survivors who escaped a luxury cruise liner that ran aground and tipped over off Italy's coast recounted a chaotic and terrifying evacuation through the ship's upended hallways on Saturday, as divers searched the submerged part for any people still unaccounted for in the confusion.

January 14, 2012 | By FRANCES D'EMILIO and NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press | World

Missing teenager Natalee Holloway declared dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge on Thursday declared their child dead, more than six years after the American teenager vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.

January 13, 2012 | By PHILLIP RAWLS Associated Press | World

Big storm hits Alaska as weary residents dig out

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The worst winter anyone can remember in Alaska has piled snow so high people can't see out the windows, kept a tanker in ice-choked waters from delivering fuel on time and turned snow-packed roofs into sled runs.

January 12, 2012 | By MARK THIESSEN and RACHEL D'ORO Associated Press | World

Senate proposes ending ban on silencers in hunting

ATLANTA - A Georgia Senate proposal would end the ban on silencers for hunting firearms.

January 12, 2012 | By ERRIN HAINES Associated Press | World

US deplores video of Marines urinating on dead

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has promised Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai a full investigation of an Internet video that purports to depict four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters - a video both men condemned Thursday as deplorable.

January 12, 2012 | By PAULINE JELINEK and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | World

North Korea signals that it's open to US disarmament deal

SEOUL, South Korea - At first glance, it seems like business as usual: North Korea issues an indignant statement taking aim at the United States over a proposal to donate food in return for nuclear disarmament.

January 12, 2012 | By FOSTER KLUG and MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press | World

Astronomers learn unusual things about our universe

WASHINGTON - The more astronomers look for other worlds, the more they find that it's a crowded and crazy cosmos. They think planets easily outnumber stars in our galaxy and they're even finding them in the strangest of places.

January 11, 2012 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | World

Fowl play: Europe's chicken-and-egg conundrum

FLEURUS, Belgium - When Eric Pierart takes in the chaotic wiggling of thousands of hens caged in his renovated barn, he's reminded of how tough it is for Europe to unite on anything.

January 11, 2012 | By RAF CASERT Associated Press | World

Prosecutors say Marine disregarded combat rules

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The sergeant saw the charred and mangled remains of a fellow Marine killed by a roadside bomb only moments before he instructed his squad to "shoot first, ask questions later" in what would become one of the Iraq war's most horrific episodes of civilian deaths, military prosecutors say.

January 10, 2012 | By JULIE WATSON Associated Press | World

U.K. police smuggle fake bomb onto Olympic site

LONDON - U.K. police managed to smuggle a fake bomb into Olympic Park in a security test, overshadowing a special U.K. Cabinet meeting held at the park Monday marking 200 days until the Summer Games begin.

January 09, 2012 | By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press | World

Congresswoman Giffords, Tucson mark 1 year since deadly rampage

TUCSON, Ariz. - It's been a year since that bloody Tucson morning - a year of reflecting on lives shattered, of struggling with flashbacks and nightmares, of replaying the what-ifs before the deadly rampage that shocked a nation. And in the middle of it: one woman, Gabrielle Giffords, forging one of the most grueling journeys back of all.

January 08, 2012 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press | World

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