BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi government's attempt Monday to close a chapter on Saddam Hussein's repressive regime - by hanging two of his henchmen - only appeared to anger many of Saddam's fellow Sunni Muslims after the former leader's half brother was decapitated on the gallows.
ATLANTA - The first Martin Luther King Jr. Day since the death of King's widow and the chief keeper of his civil rights dream was marked Monday with speeches, visits to the couple's tomb and the opening of a collection of his papers, including a draft of his ''I Have a Dream'' speech.
A New York hospital is taking steps to offer the nation's first uterus transplant, a radical experiment that might allow women whose wombs were removed or are defective to bear children.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Adirisaq Khalid Ahmed was shining shoes in Mogadishu's labyrinthine marketplace when a soldier from the country's Islamic movement approached, asking him to join up.
VIENNA, Austria - The Italians have left, and the Slovaks are about to. Britons want to start getting out, and so do Danes and South Koreans.
WASHINGTON - Defying a presidential veto threat, the House approved legislation Friday directing the government to negotiate with drug companies in an effort to lower prices for Medicare recipients.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Even the most enthusiastic supporters of President Bush's new plan to pacify Baghdad were using phrases such as: ''If it succeeds'' and ''If the Iraqi government lives up to promises.''
LONDON - David Beckham, the former England soccer captain known as much for his style as his play, has agreed to leave Real Madrid and join the Los Angeles Galaxy in a deal Major League Soccer hopes will boost the sport in the United States in a manner similar to Pele's arrival with the Cosmos in 1975.
WASHINGTON - Procrastination in society is getting worse and scientists are finally getting around to figuring out how and why. Too many tempting diversions are to blame, but more on that later.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister has told Shiite militiamen to surrender their arms or face an all-out assault by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, senior Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as American and Iraqi troops prepared major military operations aimed at ending sectarian warfare in Baghdad.
Prison life may be dangerous, but getting out can be deadly, too. Newly released inmates were almost 13 times more likely than the general public to die during their first two weeks of freedom, a study in Washington state found.
WASHINGTON - Anti-terror legislation sailed through the House on Tuesday, the first in a string of measures designed to fulfill campaign promises made by Democrats last fall.
WASHINGTON - Unswayed by anti-war passions, President Bush said Wednesday he will send 21,500 additional U.S. forces to Iraq to break the cycle of violence and ''hasten the day our troops begin coming home.'' He acknowledged making mistakes in earlier security efforts in Baghdad.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - An Army private charged with the slaughter of an Iraqi family was diagnosed as a homicidal threat by a military mental health team three months before the attack.
WASHINGTON - Anti-terror legislation sped toward passage in the House on Tuesday, the first in a string of measures designed to fulfill campaign promises made by Democrats last fall.
DALLAS - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told health care workers on his initial hospital visit that he had recently been in an area affected by the deadly disease, but that information was not widely shared, a hospital official said Wednesday.
DENVER - A fight in Colorado over how United States history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of censorship.
WASHINGTON - Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.
WASHINGTON - Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was "obviously concerned" about the weekend incident, a spokesman said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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