WASHINGTON - Stabilizing Iraq will require ''new and different actions'' to improve security and political reconciliation, the Navy admiral poised to lead American forces in the Middle East said Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS - More than 16 months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita forced an unprecedented exodus from the Louisiana Gulf Coast, tens of thousands of homeowners have decided not to rebuild or have yet to make up their minds, an Associated Press analysis found.
WASHINGTON - Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer testified Monday he first heard that a prominent war critic's wife worked at the CIA from vice presidential aide I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby. He said he thought the information might help deflect critical questions from reporters.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's army announced Monday it killed the leader of a heavily armed cult of messianic Shiites called ''the Soldiers of Heaven'' in a fierce gunbattle aimed at foiling a plot to attack leading Shiite clerics and pilgrims in the southern city of Najaf on the holiest day of the Shiite calendar.
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized Monday after complications from his gruesome breakdown at last year's Preakness, ending an eight-month ordeal that prompted an outpouring of support across the country.
DALLAS - Joe Bieger walked out his front door with his two dogs one morning last fall a beloved husband, father, grandfather and assistant high school athletic director. Minutes later, all of that - indeed, his very identity - would seemingly be wiped from his brain's hard drive.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four American soldiers were abducted during a sophisticated sneak attack last week in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, the U.S. military confirmed Friday. It said three were shot to death and a fourth was mortally wounded with a gunshot to the head when they were found in a neighboring province, far from the compound where they were captured.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW ORLEANS - Wanted: Idealistic teachers looking for a Peace Corps-style adventure in a city in distress.
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.
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.