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Anti-satellite weapons test challenges perceptions of China’s space program

SHANGHAI, China - China has sent men into orbit and launched dozens of satellites, but its test of a satellite-killing weapon is shaking up perceptions about where the Chinese space program is headed.

February 07, 2007 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Nation

Bush’s State of the Union challenge: show the nation he can work with Congress

WASHINGTON - President Bush will tell Americans Tuesday night he has important plans for health care, education and other kitchen table topics that have little to do with Iraq. Yet if the state of the union is strong, so is the nation's skepticism that he can deliver.

February 06, 2007 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | Nation

Climate experts predict most glaciers will vanish from Alps by 2050

VIENNA, Austria - Glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, scientists warned Monday, basing their bleak outlook on mounting evidence of slow but steady melting of the continental ice sheets.

February 06, 2007 | By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press Writer | Nation

HEALTHBEAT: Gender matters in preventing side effect from plasma transfusions

WASHINGTON - The plasma transfused into victims of burns, car crashes and other serious conditions soon will come almost completely from men.

February 06, 2007 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Nation

Bombs strike Shiite targets; 137 dead across Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber crashed his car into a central Baghdad market crowded with Shiites just seconds after another car bomb tore through the stalls where vendors were hawking DVDs and used clothing, leaving 88 dead Monday in the bloodiest attack in two months.

February 06, 2007 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation

Turkish journalist, voice for Armenian minority, killed by gunman in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Hrant Dink, the most prominent voice of Turkey's shrinking Armenian community who stood trial for speaking out against the mass killings of Armenians by Turks, was shot and killed in broad daylight Friday at the entrance to his newspaper's offices.

February 03, 2007 | By BENJAMIN HARVEY Associated Press Writer | Nation

U.S. commander says extra troops might start leaving Iraq by late summer

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq - The top U.S. commander in Iraq predicted Friday that some of the extra troops President Bush is sending could make an impact and start returning home by late summer, an optimistic note in contrast to skepticism of the plan back home.

February 03, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation

Jordan says it wants peaceful nuclear program amid Arab worry over Iran’s ambitions

AMMAN, Jordan - King Abdullah II said Friday that Jordan wants to develop a peaceful nuclear program, joining Egypt and Arab Gulf countries in considering a nuclear option. Arab nations are fearful over the West's failure to stop Shiite Iran's nuclear ambitions, which they worry will lead to Tehran having an atomic weapon.

February 03, 2007 | BY SHAFIKA MATTAR Associated Press Writer | Nation

Bush making concessions to Congress as he settles in to divided government

WASHINGTON - President Bush's about-face on warrantless wiretapping was the latest in a series of White House retreats and reversals. This is a different day for a president known for his stubbornness and insistence on seeing things his way.

February 02, 2007 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer | Nation

Egyptian blogger, accused of sectarian strife and insulting Islam, stands trial

CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian blogger went on trial Thursday on charges of insulting Islam and causing sectarian strife with his Internet writings. Egypt's first prosecution of a blogger came as Washington has backed away from pressuring its Mideast ally to improve its human rights record and bring democratic reform.

February 02, 2007 | By NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD Associated Press Writer | Nation

Jet crash throws spotlight on FAA’s rarely enforced ’sterile cockpit’ rules

WASHINGTON - The crash of a commuter jet that took off from the wrong runway in Lexington, Ky., last summer has thrown a spotlight on the FAA's ''sterile cockpit'' rule - a commonly violated and difficult-to-enforce prohibition against extraneous conversation between the pilots.

February 02, 2007 | By JEFFREY McMURRAY Associated Press Writer | Nation

Cancer deaths in U.S. drop for the second year in a row

ATLANTA - The tide has turned in the nation's battle against cancer.

February 01, 2007 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation

Discontent with Ahmadinejad grows as Iranians feel pain of rising prices, unemployment

TEHRAN, Iran - Prices for vegetables have tripled in the past month, housing prices have doubled since last summer - and as costs have gone up, so has Iranians' discontent with hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his focus on confrontation with the West.

February 01, 2007 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | Nation

Secret court to oversee domestic spying program

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has agreed to shift course and let a secret but independent panel of federal judges oversee the government's controversial domestic spying program.

February 01, 2007 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Nation

Prices soar for California citrus after temperatures plummet

FRESNO, Calif. - Shoppers will feel the sting from a string of subfreezing nights in California's citrus groves and other farming areas, with prices for oranges, lemons, avocados and other produce poised to double or triple in coming weeks, according to industry officials.

January 31, 2007 | By OLIVIA MUNOZ Associated Press Writer | Nation

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