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Pa. Amish burying 5th girl who died in school shooting

GEORGETOWN, Pa. - Mourners prepared Friday to bury a fifth Amish girl who was gunned down in a schoolhouse classroom and faced the possibility that at least one of five other girls wounded in the shooting could die.

October 16, 2006 | By MARTHA RAFFAELE Associated Press Writer | Nation


One certainty in ethics probe: no punishment for Foley

WASHINGTON - The House's investigation of a page sex scandal has only one certainty: Former Rep. Mark Foley will escape punishment by his peers.

It is the Florida Republican's sexually explicit electronic messages to teenage former male pages that have ignited what has become a pre-election firestorm.

October 16, 2006 | By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer | Nation


Too much sugar: Companies agree to push less junk food on schools

NEW YORK - In some schools - ever on the watch for unhealthy junk food - students may have to do some extra walking to find their favorite candy bar thanks to the latest nutrition deal struck by former President Clinton.

October 16, 2006 | By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Residents of small N.C. town told they could return

APEX, N.C. - Residents trickled back into town Saturday after a fire at a hazardous materials plant, relieved that there were no serious injuries or damage to their homes while they were forced out for two nights.

A few roadblocks remained near the still-smoldering rubble of the EQ Industrial Services plant, but the burning smell and potentially toxic clouds of fumes were gone. Still, some residents heeded the advice of environmental officials to replace air conditioner filters, wipe off children's toys and kitchen counters, and wash clothes and bedding.

October 16, 2006 | By ELIZABETH DUNBAR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Race for governor starts to get dirty

ATLANTA - Let the mudslinging begin. With one month left to go before the Nov. 7 general election, the attacks have begun in the race for governor.

October 16, 2006 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | Nation


North Korea says it conducted successful underground nuclear test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea faced global condemnation and calls for harsh sanctions Monday after it announced that it had set off an atomic explosion underground, a test that thrusts the secretive communist state into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations.

October 16, 2006 | By BURT HERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Iraqi vice president’s brother killed, Sunni Arabs point to Shiite militias

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The brother of Iraq's Sunni Arab vice president was assassinated Monday by gunmen who broke into his home, the third of the politician's four siblings to be slain this year. Sunnis blamed Shiite militias and demanded a crackdown to stop the capital's raging sectarian violence.

October 16, 2006 | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Authorities brace for new wave of fraud as Gulf Coast homeowners get grant money

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Hurricane Katrina battered Raquel Romero's home, but she figures the house took a worse beating from the contractor she hired to repair the damage.

October 16, 2006 | By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Former page says he received suggestive messages from Foley

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta man says former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley sent him sexually suggestive messages and invited him to his Washington brownstone after he served as a congressional page nine years ago.

October 16, 2006 | By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer | Nation


President Bush to father: ‘Your ship has come in’

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Spraying the bubbles from sparkling wine across the enormous gray bow of the USS George H.W. Bush, the Bush family on Saturday christened the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier named after the 82-year-old former president.

October 16, 2006 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police: Gunman at Amish school told wife he molested 2 little girls years 20 years ago

QUARRYVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The gunman who killed five girls in an Amish schoolroom confided to his wife during the siege that he molested two relatives 20 years ago when he was boy and was tormented by dreams of doing it again, authorities said Tuesday.

October 12, 2006 | By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Iraqi police brigade pulled out of service for suspected ties to death squads

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi authorities pulled a brigade of about 700 policemen out of service Wednesday in its biggest move ever to uproot troops linked to death squads, aiming to signal the government's seriousness in cleansing Baghdad of sectarian violence.

October 12, 2006 | By DAVID RISING Associated Press Writer | Nation


Ga. man killed after Southeast crime spree

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Tom Ashby was grappling with financial and romantic turmoil before he left a trail of bloodshed across the Southeast that ended this week when Ashby killed himself in a standoff with Florida deputies.

October 12, 2006 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press Writer | Nation


Student describes Colorado gunman’s takeover of classroom in deadly high school standoff

BAILEY, Colo. (AP) - The gunman who took six girls hostage in a high school classroom, killing one of his captives and himself, began the takeover by ordering students to line up at the chalk board as he tapped each with his gun and told them to stay or go, a student in the classroom said Thursday.

October 12, 2006 | | Nation


Hastert, contradicted by House No. 2, dismisses call for his resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Dennis Hastert brushed aside resignation talk Tuesday, even as the Republicans' No. 2 House leader contradicted him in the page scandal. President Bush gave Hastert a vote of confidence as the party struggled to contain pre-election fallout.

October 12, 2006 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

April 23, 2014 | By JOHN MILBURN Associated Press | Nation


Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears to be highly skeptical of laws that try to police false statements during political campaigns, raising doubts about the viability of such laws in more than 15 states.

April 22, 2014 | By SAM HANANEL Associated Press | Nation


Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

WASHINGTON - A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

April 22, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

LOS ANGELES - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

April 17, 2014 | By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer | Nation


Study: Fathers as likely as mothers to kill their infants

The discovery of seven babies found dead and concealed in the garage of a Utah home has Americans struggling to comprehend what would drive a mother to allegedly kill her newborn babies.

April 17, 2014 | By MARJORIE CORTEZ Deseret News National | Nation


Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON - Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.

April 15, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Nation


Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.

April 11, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


'It's a Small World' turns 50 with sing-along

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The timeless Disney tune "It's a Small World" that wafts through our memories from past theme park vacations turns 50 this year, and on Thursday, Disney parks worldwide hosted a global sing-along.

April 10, 2014 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Nation


A blank look, followed by bloodshed at high school

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed with students at their lockers or chatting with friends.

April 10, 2014 | By JESSE WASHINGTON and KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press | Nation


Strait wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards

George Strait won his second entertainer of the year - 25 years after he won his first - and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.

April 07, 2014 | By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer | Nation


Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

FORT HOOD, Texas - An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said.

April 03, 2014 | By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Nation


Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base

FORT HOOD, Texas - A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.

April 02, 2014 | By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Nation


Mad dash for health care sign-ups on deadline day

WASHINGTON - A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 100,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

March 31, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Senate torture report examines hunt for bin Laden

WASHINGTON - A hotly disputed Senate torture report concludes that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with the investigation.

March 31, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press | Nation


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