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Shiite summit aims to prod radical cleric toward cease-fire and rejoining government

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is considering a one-month unilateral cease-fire and may push his followers to rejoin the political process, three weeks after they walked out of parliament and the Cabinet to protest the prime minister's meeting with President Bush, officials close to the anti-American militia leader said Wednesday.

January 04, 2007 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Nation


Study says new blood tests are no better than the old methods for predicting heart attacks

New blood tests that doctors hoped would more accurately predict which patients are headed for a heart attack or stroke are no better than cholesterol levels, blood pressure and other conventional measurements, a study found.

January 04, 2007 | By LINDA A. JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


‘Blue Christmas’ church services attract those who feel depressed, joyless

RICHMOND, Va. - There were no jolly Christmas carols at the Cannon Memorial Chapel. No brilliant poinsettias or festive branches of holly. No smiling faces or hearty wishes of happiness.

January 04, 2007 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press Writer | Nation


Cheney to be defense witness in CIA leak trial

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney will be called to testify on behalf of his former chief of staff in the CIA leak case, defense attorneys said Tuesday, ending months of speculation over what would be historic testimony.

January 03, 2007 | By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Widening factional violence brings life to a standstill for Palestinians, terrorizes Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Students took cover in classrooms, motorists exchanged warnings about no-go zones and families fled beachside apartments as intensifying factional fighting brought life to a standstill in much of Gaza on Tuesday.

January 03, 2007 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Nation


Wholesale prices surge by largest amount in 32 years but analysts not worried

WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices surged in November by the largest amount in more than three decades, led by huge increases in the cost of gasoline and new cars and trucks.

January 03, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


3rd ID preps for third tour

FORT STEWART - With two combat tours under his belt, and another fast approaching, Sgt. Steve Butcher gets asked a lot of questions about Iraq.

January 03, 2007 | By RUSS BYNUM AP Military Writer | Nation


Military chiefs harbor doubts about proposal to ’surge’ troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON - A White House laboring to find a new approach in Iraq said Tuesday it is considering sending more U.S. troops, an option that worries top generals because of its questionable payoff and potential backlash.

January 03, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation


FDA proposes sterner warnings for acetaminophen, aspirin, other pain relievers

WASHINGTON - Federal health officials cautioned Tuesday the tens of millions of Americans who take popular over-the-counter pain pills of their potentially serious side effects and released planned label changes intended to warn of the sometimes deadly risks.

January 03, 2007 | By ANDREW BRIDGES Associated Press Writer | Nation


Pentagon: Attacks in Iraq rose to highest level in more than two years

WASHINGTON - Attacks on U.S. and Iraqi troops and Iraqi civilians jumped sharply in recent months to the highest level since Iraq regained its sovereignty in June 2004, the Pentagon told Congress on Monday in the latest indication of that country's spiraling violence.

January 02, 2007 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation


Partial results show Iranian president’s opponents leading in local elections

TEHRAN, Iran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suffered an embarrassing blow in local council races, according to partial election results Monday, in voting viewed as a sign of public discontent with his hard-line stance.

January 02, 2007 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | Nation


North Korea demands nuclear disarmament talks on equal footing with U.S.

BEIJING - North Korea insisted Monday it be treated as a full-fledged nuclear power as six-nation arms talks convened for the first time since its atomic test, but the United States said time was running out for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and threatened more sanctions.

January 02, 2007 | By BURT HERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


British police arrest suspect in murders of five prostitutes

IPSWICH, England - Police on Monday arrested a 37-year-old grocery store clerk on suspicion of killing five prostitutes - slayings that struck terror in this quiet English community.

January 02, 2007 | By MARTIN BENEDYK Associated Press Writer | Nation


Official report: Diana’s death a ’tragic accident’

LONDON - A British police inquiry released Thursday concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend in a 1997 Paris car crash were a ''tragic accident'' and that allegations of murder are unfounded.

December 29, 2006 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


McCain says U.S. must deploy thousands more troops to stabilize Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sen. John McCain took his controversial proposal for curbing Iraq's sectarian violence to Baghdad on Thursday, calling for an additional 15,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops and joining a congressional delegation in telling Iraq's prime minister he must break his close ties with a radical Shiite cleric.

December 29, 2006 | By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 29, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Nation


US declares wood storks no longer endangered

TOWNSEND, Ga. - The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it's getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Nation


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