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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


On a day of heavy violence, U.N. says 34,000 Iraqi civilians were killed last year

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Twin car bombs tore through a leading Baghdad university as students left classes Tuesday in the deadliest attack in Iraq in nearly two months, and the United Nations reported 34,452 civilians were slain last year, nearly three times more than the government reported.

January 31, 2007 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Obama launches White House bid, says past 6 years imperiled U.S.

WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama launched a presidential campaign Tuesday that would make him the first black to occupy the White House, and immediately tried to turn his political inexperience into an asset with voters seeking change.

January 31, 2007 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Family of boy in Mo. kidnapping case recalls happily receiving word of his recovery

KIRKWOOD, Mo. - Ben Ownby has spent a lot of time watching TV since he was rescued from a man accused of kidnapping him and another boy, but there's one face he's tired of seeing.

January 31, 2007 | By JIM SALTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Saddam’s half brother beheaded in double execution; Sunnis blast hanging

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.

January 30, 2007 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Nation marks first Martin Luther King Jr. Day since death of civil rights leader’s widow

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.

January 30, 2007 | By ERRIN HAINES Associated Press Writer | Nation


N.Y. doctors plan uterus transplants to help women with removed or damaged wombs have babies

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.

January 30, 2007 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Medical Writer | Nation


Child soldiers now in hiding in Somalia after recent fighting

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.

January 27, 2007 | By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Associated Press Writers | Nation


As U.S. steps up presence in Iraq, its coalition partners scale back

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.

January 27, 2007 | By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Democratic House, defying veto threat, passes bill on government bargaining for Medicare drug pri

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.

January 27, 2007 | By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Signs of conflict over new plan, predictions of disaster if it fails

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.''

January 26, 2007 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Beckham to leave Real Madrid for LA Galaxy

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.

January 26, 2007 | By CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer | Nation


Put off reading this until tax time: Study shows many Americans say they procrastinate

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.

January 26, 2007 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Nation


Al-Maliki gives Mahdi Army blunt choice: disarm or face an American onslaught

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.

January 25, 2007 | By STEVEN R. HURST and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writers | Nation


Risk of death high for new ex-cons — 129 times more likely to die of overdose in first 2 weeks

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.

January 25, 2007 | By LINDA A. JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from W. Africa

WASHINGTON - Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

October 16, 2014 | By CONNIE CASS Associated Press | Nation


US Ebola patient dies; airport screening expanded

WASHINGTON - The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.

October 08, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE and CONNIE CASS Associated Press | Nation


US stocks slide on global growth concerns

NEW YORK - Worries about weakening global growth drove the stock market lower Tuesday.

October 07, 2014 | By STEVE ROTHWELL AP Markets Writer | Nation


Same-sex marriages begin in the South

RICHMOND, Va. - Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold in a conservative region long opposed to the marriages.

October 07, 2014 | By LARRY O'DELL and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press | Nation


Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim?

WASHINGTON - Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

October 07, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Supreme Court clears the way for gay marriage expansion

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it's only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

October 06, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Texas family that hosted Ebola patient confined to home

DALLAS - Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened and Liberian authorities said they would prosecute the man for allegedly lying on an airport questionnaire.

October 02, 2014 | By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH and DAVID WARREN Associated Press | Nation


Pierson's undoing was quick as support vanished

WASHINGTON - One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president.

October 02, 2014 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Patient told Texas hospital he was from Liberia

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.

October 01, 2014 | By DAVID WARREN and LAURAN NEERGARD Associated Press | Nation


Q&A: What are students in Colorado protesting?

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.

October 01, 2014 | By COLLEEN SLEVIN Associated Press | Nation


Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

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.

September 29, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Nation


Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

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.

September 22, 2014 | By PETE YOST and ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press | Nation


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