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China says North Korea must face ’some punitive actions’ after reported nuclear test

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea must face ''some punitive actions'' for testing a nuclear device, China's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday, suggesting that Beijing may be willing to impose some form of Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang.

October 23, 2006 | By NICK WADHAMS Associated Press Writer | Nation


14-hour Texas standoff ends with suspect in custody

FOREST HILL, Texas - A nearly 14-hour standoff between police and a man accused of shooting three people and taking a young boy hostage ended at dawn Thursday with the boy safe and the suspect in custody.

October 16, 2006 | By JEFF CARLTON Associated Press Writer | Nation


Ethics committee launches investigation of Foley case

WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee opened an investigation Thursday into the unfolding scandal over Rep. Mark Foley's come-ons to congressional pages and accusations even by some Republicans that House speaker Dennis Hastert failed to protect the teens.

The committee, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, sat in closed session to take up a matter that imperils Hastert's leadership and has stirred extraordinary GOP infighting with midterm elections barely a month away.

October 16, 2006 | By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer | Nation


Pa. Amish burying 5th girl who died in school shooting

GEORGETOWN, Pa. - Mourners prepared Friday to bury a fifth Amish girl who was gunned down in a schoolhouse classroom and faced the possibility that at least one of five other girls wounded in the shooting could die.

October 16, 2006 | By MARTHA RAFFAELE Associated Press Writer | Nation


One certainty in ethics probe: no punishment for Foley

WASHINGTON - The House's investigation of a page sex scandal has only one certainty: Former Rep. Mark Foley will escape punishment by his peers.

It is the Florida Republican's sexually explicit electronic messages to teenage former male pages that have ignited what has become a pre-election firestorm.

October 16, 2006 | By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer | Nation


Too much sugar: Companies agree to push less junk food on schools

NEW YORK - In some schools - ever on the watch for unhealthy junk food - students may have to do some extra walking to find their favorite candy bar thanks to the latest nutrition deal struck by former President Clinton.

October 16, 2006 | By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Residents of small N.C. town told they could return

APEX, N.C. - Residents trickled back into town Saturday after a fire at a hazardous materials plant, relieved that there were no serious injuries or damage to their homes while they were forced out for two nights.

A few roadblocks remained near the still-smoldering rubble of the EQ Industrial Services plant, but the burning smell and potentially toxic clouds of fumes were gone. Still, some residents heeded the advice of environmental officials to replace air conditioner filters, wipe off children's toys and kitchen counters, and wash clothes and bedding.

October 16, 2006 | By ELIZABETH DUNBAR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Race for governor starts to get dirty

ATLANTA - Let the mudslinging begin. With one month left to go before the Nov. 7 general election, the attacks have begun in the race for governor.

October 16, 2006 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | Nation


North Korea says it conducted successful underground nuclear test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea faced global condemnation and calls for harsh sanctions Monday after it announced that it had set off an atomic explosion underground, a test that thrusts the secretive communist state into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations.

October 16, 2006 | By BURT HERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Iraqi vice president’s brother killed, Sunni Arabs point to Shiite militias

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The brother of Iraq's Sunni Arab vice president was assassinated Monday by gunmen who broke into his home, the third of the politician's four siblings to be slain this year. Sunnis blamed Shiite militias and demanded a crackdown to stop the capital's raging sectarian violence.

October 16, 2006 | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Authorities brace for new wave of fraud as Gulf Coast homeowners get grant money

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Hurricane Katrina battered Raquel Romero's home, but she figures the house took a worse beating from the contractor she hired to repair the damage.

October 16, 2006 | By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Former page says he received suggestive messages from Foley

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta man says former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley sent him sexually suggestive messages and invited him to his Washington brownstone after he served as a congressional page nine years ago.

October 16, 2006 | By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer | Nation


President Bush to father: ‘Your ship has come in’

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Spraying the bubbles from sparkling wine across the enormous gray bow of the USS George H.W. Bush, the Bush family on Saturday christened the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier named after the 82-year-old former president.

October 16, 2006 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police: Gunman at Amish school told wife he molested 2 little girls years 20 years ago

QUARRYVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The gunman who killed five girls in an Amish schoolroom confided to his wife during the siege that he molested two relatives 20 years ago when he was boy and was tormented by dreams of doing it again, authorities said Tuesday.

October 12, 2006 | By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Iraqi police brigade pulled out of service for suspected ties to death squads

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi authorities pulled a brigade of about 700 policemen out of service Wednesday in its biggest move ever to uproot troops linked to death squads, aiming to signal the government's seriousness in cleansing Baghdad of sectarian violence.

October 12, 2006 | By DAVID RISING Associated Press Writer | Nation


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New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 ceremonies

NEW YORK - The nation's gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones.

September 11, 2014 | By RACHELLE BLIDNER and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press | Nation


Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer | Nation


Court grants Obama plea to re-hear health case

WASHINGTON - The federal appeals court in Washington threw out a ruling Thursday that called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the president's health care law.

September 04, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run.

September 02, 2014 | By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press | Nation


Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown

WASHINGTON - Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.

August 28, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Nation


Woman unearths past of forgotten Indian cemetery

WINSLOW, Ariz. - A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.

August 28, 2014 | By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press | Nation


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


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