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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


Boehner chosen to lead House GOP, pledges fight to regain control from Democrats

WASHINGTON - Cast into the minority by an angry electorate, House Republicans chose Rep. John Boehner of Ohio on Friday to lead a return to power as quickly as possible. ''We're going to earn our way back into the majority,'' he vowed.

December 18, 2006 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Bush mulls next step on troops in Iraq — send more or start pulling out?

BOGOR, Indonesia - President Bush said Monday he isn't ready to decide between rival calls to increase or scale back U.S. troops in Iraq. Unruffled by street protests against his policy, he said they were a healthy sign of democracy in this Muslim nation.

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


Fallujah now a safe haven for Sunnis fleeing Baghdad

FALLUJAH, Iraq - Some 30 Sunni refugees seeking a safe haven from Baghdad sit under the shade of a camouflage net on the outskirts of Fallujah, waiting at a makeshift U.S. facility for city IDs.

December 18, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Experimental ultrasound method could mean fewer biopsies for women with breast lumps

CHICAGO - An experimental ultrasound technique that measures how easily breast lumps compress and bounce back could enable doctors to determine instantly whether a woman has cancer or not - without having to do a biopsy.

December 18, 2006 | By CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


Whale-blubber salad, anyone? Alaska natives add tribal foods to Thanksgiving feast

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - David Smith was a new arrival to the North Slope village of Nuiqsut last year when the former resident of upstate New York cooked up a few turkeys and vat of chili for the Eskimo community's Thanksgiving dinner.

December 18, 2006 | By RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Commander says early withdrawal of U.S. troops would only worsen Iraq’s violence

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in the Middle East warned Congress Wednesday against setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, rejecting the arguments of resurgent Democrats who are pressing President Bush to start pulling out.

December 18, 2006 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation


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Senate report: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics after 9/11

WASHINGTON - The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

July 31, 2014 | By KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press | Nation


US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

July 30, 2014 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

July 28, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE Associated Press | Nation


Medicare's own health looking better, report says

WASHINGTON - Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

July 28, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

July 28, 2014 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Nation


Hospital gunman kills caseworker, intended to kill others, official says

MEDIA, Pa. - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


2 courts issue conflicting decisions on Obamacare

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


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


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