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Scientists believe they have found photographic evidence of flowing water on Mars

LOS ANGELES - New photographs from space suggest that water occasionally flows on the frigid surface of Mars, raising the tantalizing possibility that the Red Planet is hospitable to life, scientists reported Wednesday.

December 21, 2006 | By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer | Nation


After E. coli outbreak, Taco Bell removes green onions from restaurants nationwide

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Taco Bell ordered scallions removed from its 5,800 U.S. restaurants Wednesday after tests suggested they may be responsible for the E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least three dozen people in three states.

December 21, 2006 | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush policy in Iraq failing, commission says

WASHINGTON - President Bush's policy in Iraq ''is not working,'' a high-level commission said Wednesday in a blunt, bleak assessment that called for an urgent diplomatic attempt to stabilize the country and allow withdrawal of most U.S. combat troops by early 2008.

December 21, 2006 | By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY and DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writers | Nation


Closed Taco Bells all used same food distributor, company says

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - All 11 Taco Bells implicated in an E. coli outbreak in New York and New Jersey used the same food distributor, the restaurant chain said Tuesday as health officials tried to pinpoint the source of the dangerous bacteria that sickened at least three dozen people.

December 20, 2006 | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Legislating the stomach? For NYC diners, health concerns trump trans fat ban fears

NEW YORK - Yes, said Toni Lewis, as she caught a quick dinner on the run at McDonalds before her child's piano lesson. Maybe New York City IS going too far telling people what they can and can't put into their stomachs. But you know what?

December 20, 2006 | By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer | Nation


Gates says U.S. not winning war in Iraq, gains panel recommendation as Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON - Robert Gates won approval by a Senate panel Tuesday to be the next defense secretary after telling the senators the U.S. is not winning the war in Iraq and there could be a ''regional conflagration'' if the country is not stabilized.

December 20, 2006 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation


Iraq’s prime minister opens door to regional conference; U.S. sees Iraqis in control next year

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister reversed course Tuesday and said his envoys will talk with Iraq's neighbors about the possibility of a regional conference on quelling the violence here, despite opposition to the plan by some key political allies.

December 20, 2006 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writers | Nation


Businessman wants to end negative stereotypes about Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. - For Mississippian Rick Looser, the last straw came on an airline flight a couple of years ago when a 12-year-old Connecticut boy sitting next to him asked: ''Do you still see the KKK on the streets every day?''

December 19, 2006 | By HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Companies push workers to adopt healthy habits

NEW YORK - Many companies are starting to sound like moms: They're pushing employees to eat their vegetables and go outside and play. And they're not being gentle about it.

December 19, 2006 | By ELLEN SIMON AP Business Writer | Nation


Helicopter plunges into a lake in Anbar, killing four U.S. Marines

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four U.S. Marines died when a Sea Knight helicopter plunged into a lake in volatile Anbar province, the military said Monday, raising to 13 the number of American troops killed during a bloody weekend in Iraq.

December 19, 2006 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


Justices question school-diversity plans; race and education back in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - A half century after the Supreme Court outlawed state-sponsored school segregation, five of nine justices indicated Monday that school systems may run afoul of the Constitution by using students' race to promote diversity.

December 19, 2006 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


First heart valves grown from amnio stem cells, offering hope for defect repairs in babies

CHICAGO - Scientists for the first time have grown human heart valves using stem cells from the fluid that cushions babies in the womb - offering a revolutionary approach that may be used to repair defective hearts in the future.

December 18, 2006 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


Big drop in gasoline pushes consumer costs down for second month

WASHINGTON - A big drop in gas prices pushed consumer costs down for a second straight month, and factories staged a modest rebound - signs the Federal Reserve is managing to stem inflation without pushing the country into recession.

December 18, 2006 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


Bush says lessons of Vietnam suggest patience needed in Iraq

HANOI, Vietnam - Visiting a land where America suffered military defeat, President Bush urged patience for positive results in Iraq on Friday and tried to stiffen global resolve to challenge a nuclear-armed North Korea.

December 18, 2006 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation


Fighting breaks out in area of Iraq where 5 security contractors were seized

BAGHDAD, Iraq - British ground forces and U.S. military helicopters fought with gunmen Friday in southern Iraq where four American security contractors and their Austrian co-worker were abducted in a convoy hijacking near the Kuwait border.

December 18, 2006 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

July 21, 2014 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Nation


Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you

WASHINGTON - When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?

July 16, 2014 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press | Nation


Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

CHICAGO - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

July 14, 2014 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

WASHINGTON - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

July 11, 2014 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


7 dead in Massachusetts apartment fire

LOWELL, Mass. - Seven people died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire in the predawn hours Thursday, officials said.

July 10, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Nation


10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

July 09, 2014 | By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press | Nation


Cleveland wins bid to host Republican convention in 2016

WASHINGTON - Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.

July 08, 2014 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Nation


Forgotten vials of smallpox found in old storage room

ATLANTA - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation


North Carolina coast survives Hurricane Arthur

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea.

July 04, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm.

July 03, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

WASHINGTON - Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.

July 01, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Justices sometimes do agree: Your privacy matters

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge's approval before searching the cellphones of people they've arrested.

July 01, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Birth control ruling sparks political clash

WASHINGTON - Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.

July 01, 2014 | By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS Associated Press | Nation


Conviction in NYC cop cannibalism case overturned

NEW YORK - A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women.

July 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


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