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Murders rise in several U.S. cities for 2006

NEW YORK - After many years of decline, the number of murders climbed this year in New York and many other major U.S. cities, reaching their highest levels in a decade in some places.

January 11, 2007 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer | Nation


Parents make pilgrimage to Iraq

LYERLY - After her son Justin was killed serving in Iraq, a grieving Jan Johnson resolved to see the place where he died and to better understand why it happened.

January 10, 2007 | By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Legendary singer James Brown, the 'Godfather of Soul,' dies at 73

ATLANTA - Nicknamed the hardest working man in show business, James Brown told friends he still wanted to perform on New Year's Eve in New York despite being ill and in the hospital. But his heart gave out before he could make it there.

January 10, 2007 | By HARRY R. WEBER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Violent storms tear up Fla. homes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Powerful storms damaged at least three dozen homes as heavy rain and strong wind swept across the Southeast on Monday.

January 10, 2007 | By BRENT KALLESTAD Associated Press Writer | Nation


British troops raid police station

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Backed by tanks, British soldiers raided a police station in the southern city of Basra on Monday, killing seven gunmen in an effort to stop renegade Iraqi officers from executing their prisoners, the British military said.

January 09, 2007 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer | Nation


Pope Benedict XVI urges solution to conflicts everywhere in Christmas speech

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas Day with a call for an end to violence around the world and urged people not to lose sight of their need for God in an age of technological marvels.

January 09, 2007 | By MARIA SANMINIATELLI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Georgia Legislative Preview - Taxes

ATLANTA (AP) - Taxes could dominate the agenda in the upcoming legislative session.

January 09, 2007 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

JAKARTA, Indonesia gas- Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car in an early warning drill.

January 09, 2007 | By CHRIS BRUMMITT Associated Press Writer | Nation


Senior tax cut feature of Perdue’s ‘07 agenda

Note: This is the second in a six-part series previewing Georgia's upcoming legislative session, which starts Jan. 8.

January 08, 2007 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Denver airport reopens after snowstorm

DENVER - Denver's airport was operating at close to capacity Saturday after being snowed in for two days, but for many travelers jammed in its terminals it was not expected to be enough to rescue their hopes of joining their families for Christmas.

January 08, 2007 | By JUDITH KOHLER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Colorado blizzard shuts down major highways; Denver airport now closed through Friday

DENVER - Nearly 5,000 travelers who mistakenly thought they were beating the Christmas rush struggled to find a hotel room or faced another night on the hard floor at Denver's snowbound airport Thursday after a blizzard paralyzed the city.

January 08, 2007 | By KIM NGUYEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Snow and fog strand thousands of holiday travelers from Denver to London

Two of the world's busiest airports, in London and Denver, were socked with bad weather on Thursday, propelling a ripple that spread to airports around the world and stranded thousands of holiday travelers during the pre-Christmas travel crunch.

January 05, 2007 | By BRAD FOSS AP Business Writer | Nation


Ethical minefield: Some ponder ’designer’ babies with Mom or Dad’s defective genes

CHICAGO - The power to create ''perfect'' designer babies looms over the world of prenatal testing.

January 05, 2007 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


Delta Chapter 11 plan calls for it to remain standalone company

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines filed a reorganization plan Tuesday that calls for it to emerge from bankruptcy next spring as a standalone company worth as much as $12 billion, which would be more than the market value of the nation's two biggest carriers combined.

January 05, 2007 | By HARRY R. WEBER AP Business Writer | Nation


Could Mount Hood climbers still make it? Unlikely, experts say, but possible

PORTLAND, Ore. - It starts with mumbling and stumbling. Then come violent shivers and then, paradoxically, a false sense of warmth that makes some people strip their clothes off. Eventually, they may curl into a fetal position as their muscles go rigid, their skin goes waxy, and the heart slows down, then stops.

January 05, 2007 | By TIM FOUGHT and SARAH SKIDMOR Associated Press Writers | Nation


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