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Curfew imposed in Lebanese capital after clashes show deepening tensions

BEIRUT, Lebanon - It started with a lunchtime scuffle in a university cafeteria. Within minutes, angry Sunnis from nearby homes had moved in and their Shiite Hezbollah rivals were using walkie-talkies to call in reinforcements armed with clubs and stones.

February 09, 2007 | By BRIAN MURPHY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Al-Maliki vows no letup against terrorism; suicide car bomber kills 26

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister insisted Thursday there will be ''no safe place in Iraq for terrorists,'' hours before a suicide car bombing killed at least 26 people in the Shiite neighborhood of Karradah and two rockets slammed into the heavy fortified Green Zone not far from the U.S. Embassy.

February 09, 2007 | By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Ford posts record net loss of $12.7 billion in 2006

DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. lost a staggering $12.7 billion in 2006 - an average of $1,925 for every car and truck it sold.

February 09, 2007 | By TOM KRISHER AP Business Writer | Nation


Minimum wage bill faces tax break additions after vote to end debate fails

WASHINGTON - Democrats' promise of a quick increase in the minimum wage ran aground Wednesday in the Senate, where lawmakers are insisting it include new tax breaks for restaurants and other businesses that rely on low-pay workers.

February 08, 2007 | By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Senate panel OK resolution Wednesday disapproving Bush’s war policy

WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed President Bush's plans to increase troops strength in Iraq on Wednesday as ''not in the national interest,'' an unusual wartime repudiation of the commander in chief.

February 08, 2007 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Struggling New Orleans schools are having trouble finding teachers

NEW ORLEANS - Wanted: Idealistic teachers looking for a Peace Corps-style adventure in a city in distress.

February 08, 2007 | By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Libby: White House wanted to sacrifice him for Rove

WASHINGTON - Top White House officials tried to blame vice presidential aide ''Scooter'' Libby for the 2003 leak of a CIA operative's identity to protect President Bush's political strategist, Karl Rove, Libby's defense attorney said Tuesday as the aide's perjury trial began.

February 07, 2007 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush tries to set agenda for skeptical Democratic Congress

WASHINGTON - President Bush, confronting a skeptical Congress and American public, sought to deflate strong opposition Tuesday to sending more troops to the war, asserting that ''America must not fail in Iraq'' and his plan offered the best chance of success.

February 07, 2007 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation


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


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Obama: Wants to avoid 'militarized' police culture

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 01, 2014 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Nation


Suspect in 4 West Virginia killings found dead

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings was discovered dead in his truck of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hourslong manhunt, police said Monday.

December 01, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | Nation


Moment by moment led to killing of Ferguson teen

The two friends' mornings intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke - on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 26, 2014 | By ADAM GELLER and DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press | Nation


No charges in Ferguson case; chaos fills streets

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.

November 25, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police.

November 24, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

November 24, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS 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


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