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Jordan says it wants peaceful nuclear program amid Arab worry over Iran’s ambitions

AMMAN, Jordan - King Abdullah II said Friday that Jordan wants to develop a peaceful nuclear program, joining Egypt and Arab Gulf countries in considering a nuclear option. Arab nations are fearful over the West's failure to stop Shiite Iran's nuclear ambitions, which they worry will lead to Tehran having an atomic weapon.

February 03, 2007 | BY SHAFIKA MATTAR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush making concessions to Congress as he settles in to divided government

WASHINGTON - President Bush's about-face on warrantless wiretapping was the latest in a series of White House retreats and reversals. This is a different day for a president known for his stubbornness and insistence on seeing things his way.

February 02, 2007 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer | Nation


Egyptian blogger, accused of sectarian strife and insulting Islam, stands trial

CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian blogger went on trial Thursday on charges of insulting Islam and causing sectarian strife with his Internet writings. Egypt's first prosecution of a blogger came as Washington has backed away from pressuring its Mideast ally to improve its human rights record and bring democratic reform.

February 02, 2007 | By NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD Associated Press Writer | Nation


Jet crash throws spotlight on FAA’s rarely enforced ’sterile cockpit’ rules

WASHINGTON - The crash of a commuter jet that took off from the wrong runway in Lexington, Ky., last summer has thrown a spotlight on the FAA's ''sterile cockpit'' rule - a commonly violated and difficult-to-enforce prohibition against extraneous conversation between the pilots.

February 02, 2007 | By JEFFREY McMURRAY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Cancer deaths in U.S. drop for the second year in a row

ATLANTA - The tide has turned in the nation's battle against cancer.

February 01, 2007 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation


Discontent with Ahmadinejad grows as Iranians feel pain of rising prices, unemployment

TEHRAN, Iran - Prices for vegetables have tripled in the past month, housing prices have doubled since last summer - and as costs have gone up, so has Iranians' discontent with hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his focus on confrontation with the West.

February 01, 2007 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Secret court to oversee domestic spying program

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has agreed to shift course and let a secret but independent panel of federal judges oversee the government's controversial domestic spying program.

February 01, 2007 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


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


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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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