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Iran calls US rescue of Iranians from pirates a positive humanitarian gesture

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's government on Saturday welcomed the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen held by pirates, calling it a positive humanitarian gesture.

January 07, 2012 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press | World

Survival app aims to help drivers in winter storms

FARGO, N.D. - When a powerful blizzard ripped through North Dakota last winter, hundreds of drivers were stranded as white-out conditions shuttered interstates spanning the state. Snow whipped up by wind marred the lines between pavement and grassy drop-offs, leaving some scared motorists unsure what to do.

January 06, 2012 | By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press | World

Van der Sloot, suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, begins murder trial in Peru Friday

LIMA, Peru - Joran van der Sloot goes on trial in the murder of a young Peruvian woman Friday, nearly seven years after he became the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of an American teenager on holiday in Aruba.

January 05, 2012 | By CARLA SALAZAR Associated Press | World

Texas police shoot, kill 8th-grader carrying pellet gun

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The parents of an eighth grader who was fatally shot by police inside his South Texas school are demanding to know why officers took lethal action, but police said the boy was brandishing - and refused to drop - what appeared to be a handgun and that the officers acted correctly.

January 05, 2012 | By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press | World

Bachmann withdraws as Romney, Santorum head to NH

DES MOINES, Iowa - A squeaker of an Iowa victory behind him, a smiling Mitt Romney jetted to New Hampshire insisting that his staying power sets him apart from caucus runners-up Rick Santorum and Ron Paul and the rest of the GOP presidential field. Michele Bachmann underscored his point by quitting the race, and Rick Perry wavered.

January 04, 2012 | The Associated Press | World

Police-on-police shootings are rare; guidelines are even rarer

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Street smarts, judgment, discretion.

January 04, 2012 | By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press | World

24-year-old arrested in Los Angeles arson spree

LOS ANGELES - It was another night of firefighters scrambling across the nation's second largest city to snuff out a series of arson attacks when a tip came in about a German man who matched the description of someone with a shoulder-length ponytail captured on a surveillance video near where a car fire was reported.

January 03, 2012 | By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press | World

US auto sales forecast bodes well

DETROIT - After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, U.S. auto sales are poised for a second straight year of growth in 2012 - the result of easier credit, low interest rates and pent-up demand for cars and trucks created by the Great Recession.

January 02, 2012 | By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer | World

Last day: 23 Iowa campaign stops combined

DES MOINES, Iowa - The White House their goal, Republican presidential hopefuls raced across Iowa on Monday in final, full-day of frenzied appeals for support in precinct caucuses that open the 2012 campaign. "It is the race you make it," an upset-minded Rick Santorum told voters soon to pick a winner.

January 02, 2012 | By DAVID ESPO and MIKE GLOVER Associated Press | World

US job market ends year in better shape

WASHINGTON - The long-suffering job market is ending the year better off than it began.

December 29, 2011 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | World

Titanic artifacts headed to auction

RICHMOND, Va. - The owner of the largest trove of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic is putting the vast collection up for auction as a single lot in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the world's most famous shipwreck.

December 29, 2011 | By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press | World

Elephants race, play soccer in Nepal festival

CHITWAN, Nepal - Soccer-playing elephants used all four feet and even their trunks trying to score goals. Racing pachyderm thundered to the finish line to the cheers of the crowds. And in the elephant beauty pageant, contestants sported nail polish on their not-so-dainty toes.

December 28, 2011 | By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated Press | World

Police: Gunman in murder-suicide dressed as Santa

GRAPEVINE, Texas - Six members of a Texas family apparently opened Christmas presents just before a relative dressed as Santa Claus showed up, opened fire and killed them before killing himself, police said Monday.

December 26, 2011 | By DANNY ROBBINS Associated Press | World

FBI shooting range is popular deer hangout

QANTICO, Va. - Call it a playground for Bambi and G-Men, where imaginary criminals are hunted and deer are the spectators.

December 26, 2011 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press | World

Thousands visit Bethlehem on Christmas Eve

BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Thousands of pilgrims, tourists and local Christians gathered in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on Saturday to begin Christmas Eve celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

December 24, 2011 | By DALIA NAMARI Associated Press | World

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