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Nominee to head Central Command says ‘new and different’ action needed in Iraq

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.

February 14, 2007 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Nation


AP Exclusive: Many Louisiana residents are reluctant to rebuild along the coast

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.

February 13, 2007 | By MICHELLE ROBERTS Associated Press Writer | Nation


Fleischer testifies he first heard about CIA officer from Libby

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.

February 13, 2007 | By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Iraqi cult planned attack on top Shiite clergy during religious festival

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.

February 13, 2007 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


Barbaro euthanized; owner calls it ’the right decision’

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.

February 13, 2007 | By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer | Nation


Amnesia victim wandered the streets of the Dallas area for 25 days

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.

February 10, 2007 | By JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press Writer | Nation


AP Newsbreak: Military confirms 4 U.S. soldiers were abducted during attack in Karbala

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.

February 10, 2007 | By STEVEN R. HURST and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writers | Nation


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


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