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Anti-satellite weapons test challenges perceptions of China’s space program

SHANGHAI, China - China has sent men into orbit and launched dozens of satellites, but its test of a satellite-killing weapon is shaking up perceptions about where the Chinese space program is headed.

February 07, 2007 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush’s State of the Union challenge: show the nation he can work with Congress

WASHINGTON - President Bush will tell Americans Tuesday night he has important plans for health care, education and other kitchen table topics that have little to do with Iraq. Yet if the state of the union is strong, so is the nation's skepticism that he can deliver.

February 06, 2007 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Climate experts predict most glaciers will vanish from Alps by 2050

VIENNA, Austria - Glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, scientists warned Monday, basing their bleak outlook on mounting evidence of slow but steady melting of the continental ice sheets.

February 06, 2007 | By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press Writer | Nation


HEALTHBEAT: Gender matters in preventing side effect from plasma transfusions

WASHINGTON - The plasma transfused into victims of burns, car crashes and other serious conditions soon will come almost completely from men.

February 06, 2007 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Nation


Bombs strike Shiite targets; 137 dead across Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber crashed his car into a central Baghdad market crowded with Shiites just seconds after another car bomb tore through the stalls where vendors were hawking DVDs and used clothing, leaving 88 dead Monday in the bloodiest attack in two months.

February 06, 2007 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


Turkish journalist, voice for Armenian minority, killed by gunman in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Hrant Dink, the most prominent voice of Turkey's shrinking Armenian community who stood trial for speaking out against the mass killings of Armenians by Turks, was shot and killed in broad daylight Friday at the entrance to his newspaper's offices.

February 03, 2007 | By BENJAMIN HARVEY Associated Press Writer | Nation


U.S. commander says extra troops might start leaving Iraq by late summer

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq - The top U.S. commander in Iraq predicted Friday that some of the extra troops President Bush is sending could make an impact and start returning home by late summer, an optimistic note in contrast to skepticism of the plan back home.

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


Jordan says it wants peaceful nuclear program amid Arab worry over Iran’s ambitions

AMMAN, Jordan - King Abdullah II said Friday that Jordan wants to develop a peaceful nuclear program, joining Egypt and Arab Gulf countries in considering a nuclear option. Arab nations are fearful over the West's failure to stop Shiite Iran's nuclear ambitions, which they worry will lead to Tehran having an atomic weapon.

February 03, 2007 | BY SHAFIKA MATTAR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush making concessions to Congress as he settles in to divided government

WASHINGTON - President Bush's about-face on warrantless wiretapping was the latest in a series of White House retreats and reversals. This is a different day for a president known for his stubbornness and insistence on seeing things his way.

February 02, 2007 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer | Nation


Egyptian blogger, accused of sectarian strife and insulting Islam, stands trial

CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian blogger went on trial Thursday on charges of insulting Islam and causing sectarian strife with his Internet writings. Egypt's first prosecution of a blogger came as Washington has backed away from pressuring its Mideast ally to improve its human rights record and bring democratic reform.

February 02, 2007 | By NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD Associated Press Writer | Nation


Jet crash throws spotlight on FAA’s rarely enforced ’sterile cockpit’ rules

WASHINGTON - The crash of a commuter jet that took off from the wrong runway in Lexington, Ky., last summer has thrown a spotlight on the FAA's ''sterile cockpit'' rule - a commonly violated and difficult-to-enforce prohibition against extraneous conversation between the pilots.

February 02, 2007 | By JEFFREY McMURRAY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Cancer deaths in U.S. drop for the second year in a row

ATLANTA - The tide has turned in the nation's battle against cancer.

February 01, 2007 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation


Discontent with Ahmadinejad grows as Iranians feel pain of rising prices, unemployment

TEHRAN, Iran - Prices for vegetables have tripled in the past month, housing prices have doubled since last summer - and as costs have gone up, so has Iranians' discontent with hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his focus on confrontation with the West.

February 01, 2007 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Secret court to oversee domestic spying program

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has agreed to shift course and let a secret but independent panel of federal judges oversee the government's controversial domestic spying program.

February 01, 2007 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Prices soar for California citrus after temperatures plummet

FRESNO, Calif. - Shoppers will feel the sting from a string of subfreezing nights in California's citrus groves and other farming areas, with prices for oranges, lemons, avocados and other produce poised to double or triple in coming weeks, according to industry officials.

January 31, 2007 | By OLIVIA MUNOZ Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Journal indicates Florida State shooter suspected government

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said.

November 20, 2014 | By GARY FINEOUT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press | Nation


Obama to announce immigration action Thursday

WASHINGTON - In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration - in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.

November 19, 2014 | By JIM KUHNHENN and ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


Sherman's March, 150 years later

A turning point in the Civil War came 150 years ago this week, when Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman left the smoking ruins of Atlanta and launched his scorching March to the Sea. Here are five questions and answers about the commander whose name, even today, evokes admiration or hatred - and about his march, which hastened the war's end.

November 15, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN Associated Press | Nation


New tactics in health care push

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The pitch for health care coverage is being made at nail salons, pizzerias, mosques - and even bars.

November 15, 2014 | By ANN SANNER Associated Press | Nation


After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief

MILFORD, Pa. - For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.

October 31, 2014 | By KATHY MATHESON and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press | Nation


Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

FORT KENT, Maine - A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | By ROBERT F. BUKATY Associated Press | Nation


Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight

MOJAVE, Calif. - A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.

October 31, 2014 | By BRIAN MELLEY and JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Nation


For Biden, silver lining if Senate fight is a draw

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is crossing his fingers that Republicans won't come close to capturing the six Senate seats they need to seize the majority in next week's election. But for Vice President Joe Biden, there's a silver lining if Republicans fall just short.

October 29, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Nation


US governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

NEWARK, N.J. - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with the Ebola virus and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk, but some state governors and even the Army are carving their own paths.

October 27, 2014 | By DAVID PORTER and COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press | Nation


North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - An Ohio man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea returned to a very emotional homecoming Wednesday amid tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.

October 22, 2014 | By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press | Nation


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