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Iraqi government to investigate conduct of Saddam hanging, leak of video

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister ordered an investigation Tuesday into Saddam Hussein's execution to try to uncover who taunted the former dictator in the last minutes of his life, and who leaked inflammatory footage taken by camera phone of the hanging.

January 17, 2007 | By LAUREN FRAYER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Copters drop hay to save livestock stranded by blizzard; thousands on Plains without power

DENVER - National Guard helicopters dropped emergency food bundles and bales of hay for people and livestock trapped by snowdrifts as high as rooftops Tuesday after back-to-back blizzards paralyzed the Plains.

January 17, 2007 | By STEVEN K. PAULSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


AP Poll: Strong support for Democrats’ goals on minimum wage, prescription drugs

WASHINGTON - People overwhelmingly support two of the Democrats' top goals - increasing the minimum wage and making it easier to buy prescription drugs from other countries - as the party takes control of Congress for the first time in a dozen years.

January 17, 2007 | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Iraqis ask if anything will change for the better

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqis awoke Saturday to television images of a noose being slipped over Saddam Hussein's neck and his white-shrouded body, the pre-dawn work of black-hooded hangmen. They went to bed as new video emerged showing Saddam exchanging taunts with onlookers before the gallows floor dropped away and the former dictator swung from the rope.

January 15, 2007 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Murders rise in several U.S. cities for 2006

NEW YORK - After many years of decline, the number of murders climbed this year in New York and many other major U.S. cities, reaching their highest levels in a decade in some places.

January 11, 2007 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer | Nation


Parents make pilgrimage to Iraq

LYERLY - After her son Justin was killed serving in Iraq, a grieving Jan Johnson resolved to see the place where he died and to better understand why it happened.

January 10, 2007 | By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Legendary singer James Brown, the 'Godfather of Soul,' dies at 73

ATLANTA - Nicknamed the hardest working man in show business, James Brown told friends he still wanted to perform on New Year's Eve in New York despite being ill and in the hospital. But his heart gave out before he could make it there.

January 10, 2007 | By HARRY R. WEBER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Violent storms tear up Fla. homes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Powerful storms damaged at least three dozen homes as heavy rain and strong wind swept across the Southeast on Monday.

January 10, 2007 | By BRENT KALLESTAD Associated Press Writer | Nation


British troops raid police station

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Backed by tanks, British soldiers raided a police station in the southern city of Basra on Monday, killing seven gunmen in an effort to stop renegade Iraqi officers from executing their prisoners, the British military said.

January 09, 2007 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer | Nation


Pope Benedict XVI urges solution to conflicts everywhere in Christmas speech

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas Day with a call for an end to violence around the world and urged people not to lose sight of their need for God in an age of technological marvels.

January 09, 2007 | By MARIA SANMINIATELLI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Georgia Legislative Preview - Taxes

ATLANTA (AP) - Taxes could dominate the agenda in the upcoming legislative session.

January 09, 2007 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

JAKARTA, Indonesia gas- Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car in an early warning drill.

January 09, 2007 | By CHRIS BRUMMITT Associated Press Writer | Nation


Senior tax cut feature of Perdue’s ‘07 agenda

Note: This is the second in a six-part series previewing Georgia's upcoming legislative session, which starts Jan. 8.

January 08, 2007 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Denver airport reopens after snowstorm

DENVER - Denver's airport was operating at close to capacity Saturday after being snowed in for two days, but for many travelers jammed in its terminals it was not expected to be enough to rescue their hopes of joining their families for Christmas.

January 08, 2007 | By JUDITH KOHLER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Colorado blizzard shuts down major highways; Denver airport now closed through Friday

DENVER - Nearly 5,000 travelers who mistakenly thought they were beating the Christmas rush struggled to find a hotel room or faced another night on the hard floor at Denver's snowbound airport Thursday after a blizzard paralyzed the city.

January 08, 2007 | By KIM NGUYEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

August 11, 2014 | By HAVEN DALEY and HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Nation


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. - A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

August 11, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Nation


Obama's Iraq aim: Contain, not destroy, extremists

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants' momentum.

August 08, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS and LARA JAKES AP National Security Writers | Nation


CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

WASHINGTON - The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, a U.S. health official said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Nation


Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

HONOLULU - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.

August 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press | Nation


Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

WASHINGTON - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

August 04, 2014 | By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press | Nation


Senate report: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics after 9/11

WASHINGTON - The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

July 31, 2014 | By KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press | Nation


US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

July 30, 2014 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


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