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Some wounded soldiers more likely to be punished

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Staff Sgt. Jason Jonas says when he goes to bed at night, he is terrified his medication will cause him to oversleep and miss morning roll call again.

His commanders are fully aware the paratrooper wounded in Afghanistan has been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, because he is one of about 10,000 soldiers assigned to the Army's Warrior Transition units, created for troops recovering from injuries.

March 10, 2009 | By KEVIN MAURER Associated Press Writer | World


Obama tries to start conversation on health care

WASHINGTON - The nation can't afford to wait for the economy to recover before tackling out-of-control medical costs, President Barack Obama is telling some of the most powerful players in the health care reform debate.

"If we want to create jobs and rebuild our economy, then we must address the crushing cost of health care this year, in this administration," Obama says in remarks prepared for delivery to a White House forum on the issue Thursday. Excerpts were released by the White House.

March 05, 2009 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Writer | World


Canada judge: Man not responsible for beheading

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - A Canadian judge ruled Thursday that a man accused of beheading and cannibalizing a fellow Greyhound bus passenger is not criminally responsible due to mental illness.

March 05, 2009 | The Associated Press | World


Stocks resume slide on lack of positive news

NEW YORK - Investors are having another change of heart and are selling stocks again after a one-day burst of optimism.

The major market indicators extended their slide to levels not seen in more than a decade Thursday, as investors contended with more disheartening economic data, fresh concerns about the stability of General Motors Corp., and ongoing uncertainty about the financial system.

March 05, 2009 | By SARA LEPRO and MADLEN READ AP Business Writers | World


Mortgage woes break records again in 4Q

NEW YORK - A stunning 48 percent of the nation's homeowners who have a subprime, adjustable-rate mortgage are behind on their payments or in foreclosure, and the rate for homeowners with all mortgage types hit a new record, new data Thursday showed.

But that's not the worst of it.

March 05, 2009 | By J.W. ELPHINSTONE AP Real Estate Writer | World


Wartime troop brain injures could reach 360,000

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops who have suffered wartime brain injuries may be as high as 360,000 and could cast more attention on such injuries among civilians, Defense Department doctors said Wednesday.

March 04, 2009 | By PAULINE JELINEKa Associated Press Writer | World


Britain's Brown warns US against protectionism

WASHINGTON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Americans Wednesday to look up from their own tumbling financial markets to see a world gripped by an "economic hurricane" that could be turned around with U.S. help.

In a formal address to a Joint Meeting of Congress, Brown asserted all is not bad. He predicted that the global economy could double in size over the next 20 years as billions of people move from being producers to consumers.

March 04, 2009 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | World


Obama administration launches housing plan

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration kicked off a new program Wednesday that's designed to help up to 9 million borrowers stay in their homes through refinanced mortgages or loans that are modified to lower monthly payments.

Borrowers, however, are being advised to be patient in their efforts to get help because mortgage companies are likely to be flooded with calls.

March 04, 2009 | By ALAN ZIBEL AP Real Estate Writer | World


Court issues war crimes warrant for Sudan's Bashir

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. He is the first sitting head of state the court has ordered arrested.

The three-judge panel said there was insufficient evidence to support charges of genocide in a war in which up to 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million have fled their homes.

March 04, 2009 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer | World


Top Obama officials defend tax hikes in budget

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's top economic officials on Tuesday vigorously defended tax hikes in the administration's $3.6 trillion budget against Republican claims that they would affect nearly all Americans.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, in separate appearances on Capitol Hill, stuck to the administration line that the president's budget would benefit 95 percent of working Americans.

March 03, 2009 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press Writer | World


Clinton: US to 'vigorously' promote peace efforts

JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised Tuesday to work with the incoming Israeli government, but delivered a clear message that could put her at odds with the country's next leader: Movement toward the establishment of a Palestinian state is "inescapable."

At the same time, Clinton said she would not dictate orders to Israel, saying the Jewish state would determine its interests. In her first visit to the region as secretary of state, she also pledged "unrelenting" support for Israel's security.

March 03, 2009 | By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer | World


Fed launches new $200B consumer credit program

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Tuesday rolled out a much-awaited program aimed at boosting the availability of credit to U.S. consumers and small businesses.

The Fed will lend up to $200 billion to spur consumer lending - for autos, education, credit cards and other consumer debt. The money will be used to provide financing to investors to buy up the debt.

March 03, 2009 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | World


Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90

CHICAGO - Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90.

Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for ABC Radio Networks, where Harvey worked for more than 50 years. No cause of death was immediately available.

March 01, 2009 | By RUPA SHENOY Associated Press Writer | World


Oil jumps for second day in a row

DENVER - Oil prices jumped for a second consecutive day Thursday as the supply of crude, for months a secondary consideration to rapidly declining demand, appeared to gain force as a market mover.

Traders have followed economic data that suggested producers could not cut production fast enough to match falling demand.

February 26, 2009 | By SANDY SHORE AP Energy Writer | World


US soldier killed in police attack in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Two Iraqi policeman opened fire Tuesday during a U.S. military inspection visit in northern Iraq, killing one American soldier and an interpreter in an attack that deepened worries of possible infiltration of security forces battling insurgents in their last major base.

The shooting at a police outpost in central Mosul - which left three other U.S. soldiers wounded - was the fourth attack in the region since late 2007 with suspected links to Iraqi security units, which have struggled to uproot al-Qaida in Iraq from strongholds in Iraq's third-largest city.

February 24, 2009 | By BRIAN MURPHY Associated Press Writer | World


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