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Sheriff calls off Mount Hood climber search

HOOD RIVER, Ore. - With yet another snowstorm barreling in, rescue teams gave up any hope of finding two missing climbers alive on wind-whipped Mount Hood and abandoned the search Wednesday after nine frustrating days.

January 05, 2007 | By SARAH SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer | Nation

8 Marines charged in killings of 24 Iraqi civilians after roadside bomb

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Eight Marines were charged Thursday in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha last year.

January 05, 2007 | By THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press Writer | Nation

Bush open to increasing Iraq troops but says they must have clear mission

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging deepening frustration over Iraq , President Bush said Wednesday he is considering an increase in American forces and warned that next year will bring more painful U.S. losses. New Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in Baghdad that a troop surge was an obvious option.

January 04, 2007 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation

Shiite summit aims to prod radical cleric toward cease-fire and rejoining government

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is considering a one-month unilateral cease-fire and may push his followers to rejoin the political process, three weeks after they walked out of parliament and the Cabinet to protest the prime minister's meeting with President Bush, officials close to the anti-American militia leader said Wednesday.

January 04, 2007 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Nation

Study says new blood tests are no better than the old methods for predicting heart attacks

New blood tests that doctors hoped would more accurately predict which patients are headed for a heart attack or stroke are no better than cholesterol levels, blood pressure and other conventional measurements, a study found.

January 04, 2007 | By LINDA A. JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Nation

‘Blue Christmas’ church services attract those who feel depressed, joyless

RICHMOND, Va. - There were no jolly Christmas carols at the Cannon Memorial Chapel. No brilliant poinsettias or festive branches of holly. No smiling faces or hearty wishes of happiness.

January 04, 2007 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press Writer | Nation

Cheney to be defense witness in CIA leak trial

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney will be called to testify on behalf of his former chief of staff in the CIA leak case, defense attorneys said Tuesday, ending months of speculation over what would be historic testimony.

January 03, 2007 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Nation

Widening factional violence brings life to a standstill for Palestinians, terrorizes Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Students took cover in classrooms, motorists exchanged warnings about no-go zones and families fled beachside apartments as intensifying factional fighting brought life to a standstill in much of Gaza on Tuesday.

January 03, 2007 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Nation

Wholesale prices surge by largest amount in 32 years but analysts not worried

WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices surged in November by the largest amount in more than three decades, led by huge increases in the cost of gasoline and new cars and trucks.

January 03, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation

3rd ID preps for third tour

FORT STEWART - With two combat tours under his belt, and another fast approaching, Sgt. Steve Butcher gets asked a lot of questions about Iraq.

January 03, 2007 | By RUSS BYNUM AP Military Writer | Nation

Military chiefs harbor doubts about proposal to ’surge’ troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON - A White House laboring to find a new approach in Iraq said Tuesday it is considering sending more U.S. troops, an option that worries top generals because of its questionable payoff and potential backlash.

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

FDA proposes sterner warnings for acetaminophen, aspirin, other pain relievers

WASHINGTON - Federal health officials cautioned Tuesday the tens of millions of Americans who take popular over-the-counter pain pills of their potentially serious side effects and released planned label changes intended to warn of the sometimes deadly risks.

January 03, 2007 | By ANDREW BRIDGES Associated Press Writer | Nation

Pentagon: Attacks in Iraq rose to highest level in more than two years

WASHINGTON - Attacks on U.S. and Iraqi troops and Iraqi civilians jumped sharply in recent months to the highest level since Iraq regained its sovereignty in June 2004, the Pentagon told Congress on Monday in the latest indication of that country's spiraling violence.

January 02, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation

Partial results show Iranian president’s opponents leading in local elections

TEHRAN, Iran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suffered an embarrassing blow in local council races, according to partial election results Monday, in voting viewed as a sign of public discontent with his hard-line stance.

January 02, 2007 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | Nation

North Korea demands nuclear disarmament talks on equal footing with U.S.

BEIJING - North Korea insisted Monday it be treated as a full-fledged nuclear power as six-nation arms talks convened for the first time since its atomic test, but the United States said time was running out for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and threatened more sanctions.

January 02, 2007 | By BURT HERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation

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