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Surge of sectarian violence leaves nearly 100 dead in Iraqi town north of the capital

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Four days of sectarian slaughter killed at least 91 people by Monday in Balad, a town near a major U.S. air base an hour's drive north of the capital. Elsewhere, 60 Iraqis died in attacks and 16 tortured bodies were found.

October 24, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Inspectors check for damage in Hawaii after magnitude-6.7 quake

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A favorite pidgin expression in Hawaii - ''Lucky you live Hawaii'' - gained new meaning Monday as authorities quickly restored electricity and started to clear away boulders after the strongest earthquake to hit the islands in more than two decades.

October 24, 2006 | By JAYMES SONG Associated Press Writer | Nation


Cash and non-cash incentives prop up home prices amid market slowdown

NEW YORK (AP) - Buyers latched onto mortgages with all kinds of exotic teaser rates to be able to afford the soaring home prices that sellers were demanding during the boom years.

October 24, 2006 | By VINNEE TONG AP Business Writer | Nation


Texas students are being taught to fight back if a gunman invades their classroom

BURLESON, Texas (AP) - Youngsters in a suburban Fort Worth school district are being taught not to sit there like good boys and girls with their hands folded if a gunman invades the classroom, but to rush him and hit him with everything they got - books, pencils, legs and arms.

October 23, 2006 | By JEFF CARLTON Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police say small plane crashes into high-rise in New York City

NEW YORK (AP) - A small plane with New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle aboard crashed into a 50-story condominium tower Wednesday on Manhattan's Upper East Side, killing at least four people and raining flaming debris on sidewalks, authorities said.

October 23, 2006 | The Associated Press | Nation


Gunmen storm Iraqi TV station, kill 11 including board chairman

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Gunmen, some of them in police uniforms, stormed the downtown Baghdad headquarters of a new satellite television station Thursday, killing the board chairman and 10 others in the second attack on an Iraqi station in the capital in as many weeks.

October 23, 2006 | By DAVID RISING Associated Press Writer | Nation


Double threat: North Korea makes weapons, sells them around the world

WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea's claimed test of a nuclear weapon is only the tip of what frightens the rest of the world. It's all the more worrisome because the country has shown itself to be a virtual bazaar for spreading missiles, conventional weapons and nuclear technology around the globe.

October 23, 2006 | By KATHERINE SHRADER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Security Council approves punishing sanctions on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose punishing sanctions on North Korea including ship searches for banned weapons, calling Pyongyang's claimed nuclear test ''a clear threat to international peace and security.''

October 23, 2006 | By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Security Council agrees on North Korea sanctions resolution, to vote Saturday

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Saturday after reaching a broad compromise on a resolution that would impose nonmilitary sanctions on North Korea for the nuclear test it announced earlier this week.

October 23, 2006 | By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer | Nation


British, Irish premiers push Northern Ireland leaders to meet power-sharing deadline

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - The British and Irish prime ministers gathered Northern Ireland's rival factions around the same negotiating table Wednesday and implored them finally to strike a power-sharing deal.

October 23, 2006 | By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush talks about energy before joining Hastert at fundraiser

ST. LOUIS (AP) - President Bush warned Americans on Thursday against becoming complacent about supporting alternative sources of energy just because gasoline prices are falling at the pump.

October 23, 2006 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Alligators in swimming pools: In New Orleans, wildlife not confined to Bourbon Street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Alligators have been dragged from abandoned swimming pools. Foxes had to be removed from the airport. Coyotes are stalking rabbits and nutria (a sort of countrified rat) in city streets. And armadillos are undermining air conditioning units.

October 23, 2006 | By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Former Foley aide to testify Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mark Foley's former chief of staff, who says he warned the House speaker's staff three years ago of inappropriate Foley conduct toward male pages, is to testify Thursday before the House ethics committee.

October 23, 2006 | By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer | Nation


More than 2,660 Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad in September, Health Ministry says

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - More than 2,660 Iraqi civilians were killed in Baghdad in September, according to new Health Ministry figures - 400 more than the month before despite an intensified U.S.-Iraqi sweep aimed at reining in violence.

October 23, 2006 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and LEE KEATH Associated Press Writers | Nation


Quake rocks Hawaii

HONOLULU - A strong earthquake shook Hawaii early Sunday, jolting residents out of bed and causing a landslide that blocked a major highway. Ceilings crashed at a hospital, and aftershocks kept the state on edge.

October 23, 2006 | By GREG SMALL Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

MIAMI - The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad.

August 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Inspector General: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

WASHINGTON - Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

August 26, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Nation


Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

August 25, 2014 | By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer | Nation


Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

WASHINGTON - The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | By PETE YOST and MARCY GORDON Associated Press | Nation


Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.

August 20, 2014 | By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer | Nation


Attorney General Eric Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protests

CLAYTON, Mo. - As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.

August 20, 2014 | By JIM SUHR | Nation


Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

August 18, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer | Nation


Pathologist: Brown may have had his hands raised

FERGUSON, Mo. - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press | Nation


Critics: Equipping police like armies is taking it too far

WASHINGTON - The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for "militarizing America's Main Streets" and aggravating clashes between police and protesters.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Police identify Ferguson officer, allege teen robbed convenience store

FERGUSON, Mo. - Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

August 15, 2014 | By DAVID A. LIEB and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press | Nation


Missouri state troopers to take over Ferguson security

FLORISSANT, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over supervising security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, the governor announced Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | By DAVID A. LIEB and JIM SALTER Associated Press | Nation


ID of Missouri officer who killed unarmed black teen festering issue

FERGUSON, Mo. - In the days since an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, a big question that's smoldered amid the outrage of many is who the officer is.

August 13, 2014 | By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | Nation


Police, protesters again clash outside St. Louis

FERGUSON, Mo. - Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager had been fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose even amid calls for collective calm.

August 12, 2014 | By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press | Nation


Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

August 11, 2014 | By HAVEN DALEY and HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Nation


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. - A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

August 11, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Nation


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