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New Orleans gropes for ways to deal with a surge in bloodshed, with 9 killings in 8 days

NEW ORLEANS - Nine people have been slain in New Orleans in the first eight days of the new year, deepening the sense of despair over the slow pace of the city's recovery and leaving police and civic leaders grasping for ways to stop the bloodshed.

January 23, 2007 | By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


3rd snowstorm in 3 weeks takes aim at hard-hit eastern Colorado and Plains as costs rise

DENVER - The third snowstorm in as many weeks swept into Colorado on Friday, further hampering efforts to restore power to rural homes and rescue thousands of cattle stranded by last week's blizzard.

January 20, 2007 | By JON SARCHE Associated Press Writer | Nation


White House shifting commanders in Iraq war, Mideast

WASHINGTON - The White House announced a shuffling of U.S. military leaders in the Iraq war Friday as Congress' new Democratic chiefs criticized plans President Bush is considering to boost U.S. troop strength in the war zone.

January 20, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation


First drug for fat Fidos wins federal approval

WASHINGTON - Is your hound round? Too much flab on your Lab? Is your husky, well, husky? A new drug may provide some help.

January 20, 2007 | By ANDREW BRIDGES Associated Press Writer | Nation


American solo sailor rescued after 3 days adrift at sea

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile - An American sailor who spent three days adrift after a storm dashed his round-the-world voyage was headed toward land Friday after being rescued in treacherous waters off the southern tip of South America.

January 20, 2007 | By ROBERTO CANDIA Associated Press Writer | Nation


No, diet pills won’t melt away those extra pounds; FTC fines marketers over claims

WASHINGTON - Now that you've indulged in all those holiday goodies and made that New Year's resolution to shed some pounds, the government says don't count on a diet pill to help.

January 19, 2007 | By DONNA DE LA CRUZ Associated Press Writer | Nation


Scientists say 2007 could be world’s warmest year on record

LONDON - Deepening drought in Australia. Stronger typhoons in Asia. Floods in Latin America.

January 19, 2007 | By RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Democratic-controlled House makes history by elevating Pelosi to speaker

WASHINGTON - Jubilant Democrats on Thursday elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first woman speaker of the House, the crowning celebration of newfound power the party won in the November electoral sweep.

January 19, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Surgery to stunt disabled girl’s growth raises ethical questions; some decry ‘eugenics’

CHICAGO - In a case fraught with ethical questions, the parents of a severely mentally and physically disabled child have stunted her growth to keep their little ''pillow angel'' a manageable and more portable size.

January 19, 2007 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


Louisiana woman to give birth after her frozen embryo was rescued during Katrina’s aftermath

NEW ORLEANS - The baby album for Rebekah Markham's soon-to-be-born child could include something extra special: photos of officers using flat-bottomed boats to rescue the youngster's frozen embryo from a sweltering hospital in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

January 18, 2007 | By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Unusually warm winter in the Midwest and the East makes for some strange sights

CHICAGO - Crocuses are pushing out of the ground in New Jersey. Ice fishing tournaments in Minnesota are being canceled for lack of ice. And golfers are hitting the links in Chicago in January.

January 18, 2007 | By TARA BURGHART Associated Press Writer | Nation


President Ford laid to rest in his hometown of Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Gerald R. Ford was remembered Wednesday as a man not afraid to laugh, make tough decisions or listen to the advice of his independent wife in eulogies delivered during a funeral at the church the couple attended for six decades.

January 18, 2007 | By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Democrats pledge action on ethics, Iraq war on eve of taking control of Congress

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats stepped hungrily to the brink of power on Wednesday, promising immediate action to limit the influence of lobbyists and constant prodding of the Bush administration to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq.

January 18, 2007 | By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Nation honors Ford under soaring arches of cathedral

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The nation remembered Gerald R. Ford on Tuesday for what he didn't have - pretensions, a scheming agenda, a great golf game - as much as for the small-town authenticity he brought to the presidency.

January 18, 2007 | By CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Writer | Nation


U.S. death toll reaches 3,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - American deaths in the Iraq war reached the sobering milestone of 3,000 on Sunday even as the Bush administration sought to overhaul its strategy for an unpopular conflict that shows little sign of abating.

January 17, 2007 | BY PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Obama: Wants to avoid 'militarized' police culture

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 01, 2014 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Nation


Suspect in 4 West Virginia killings found dead

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings was discovered dead in his truck of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hourslong manhunt, police said Monday.

December 01, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | Nation


Moment by moment led to killing of Ferguson teen

The two friends' mornings intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke - on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 26, 2014 | By ADAM GELLER and DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press | Nation


No charges in Ferguson case; chaos fills streets

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.

November 25, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police.

November 24, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

November 24, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | Nation


Obama to announce immigration action Thursday

WASHINGTON - In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration - in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.

November 19, 2014 | By JIM KUHNHENN and ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


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