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Democratic-controlled House makes history by elevating Pelosi to speaker

WASHINGTON - Jubilant Democrats on Thursday elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first woman speaker of the House, the crowning celebration of newfound power the party won in the November electoral sweep.

January 19, 2007 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Surgery to stunt disabled girl’s growth raises ethical questions; some decry ‘eugenics’

CHICAGO - In a case fraught with ethical questions, the parents of a severely mentally and physically disabled child have stunted her growth to keep their little ''pillow angel'' a manageable and more portable size.

January 19, 2007 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


Louisiana woman to give birth after her frozen embryo was rescued during Katrina’s aftermath

NEW ORLEANS - The baby album for Rebekah Markham's soon-to-be-born child could include something extra special: photos of officers using flat-bottomed boats to rescue the youngster's frozen embryo from a sweltering hospital in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

January 18, 2007 | By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Unusually warm winter in the Midwest and the East makes for some strange sights

CHICAGO - Crocuses are pushing out of the ground in New Jersey. Ice fishing tournaments in Minnesota are being canceled for lack of ice. And golfers are hitting the links in Chicago in January.

January 18, 2007 | By TARA BURGHART Associated Press Writer | Nation


President Ford laid to rest in his hometown of Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Gerald R. Ford was remembered Wednesday as a man not afraid to laugh, make tough decisions or listen to the advice of his independent wife in eulogies delivered during a funeral at the church the couple attended for six decades.

January 18, 2007 | By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Democrats pledge action on ethics, Iraq war on eve of taking control of Congress

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats stepped hungrily to the brink of power on Wednesday, promising immediate action to limit the influence of lobbyists and constant prodding of the Bush administration to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq.

January 18, 2007 | By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Nation honors Ford under soaring arches of cathedral

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The nation remembered Gerald R. Ford on Tuesday for what he didn't have - pretensions, a scheming agenda, a great golf game - as much as for the small-town authenticity he brought to the presidency.

January 18, 2007 | By CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Writer | Nation


U.S. death toll reaches 3,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - American deaths in the Iraq war reached the sobering milestone of 3,000 on Sunday even as the Bush administration sought to overhaul its strategy for an unpopular conflict that shows little sign of abating.

January 17, 2007 | BY PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer | Nation


Housing slump expected to weigh on economy in 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - The slowdown that hit the U.S. economy will persist into 2007 as the once red-hot housing market continues to suffer through a serious correction, analysts say.

January 17, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


Saddam appears compliant, calm in final moments

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The scene was at once macabre and riveting.

January 17, 2007 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Study: Louisiana slipping very slowly into the Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new report by scientists studying Louisiana's sinking coast says the land here is not just sinking, it's sliding ever so slowly into the Gulf of Mexico.

January 17, 2007 | By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer | Nation


Iraqis gather in Saddam’s hometown after his burial

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hundreds of Iraqis flocked to the village where Saddam Hussein was born on Sunday to see the deposed leader buried in a religious compound 24 hours after his execution.

January 17, 2007 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


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


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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


Sherman's March, 150 years later

A turning point in the Civil War came 150 years ago this week, when Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman left the smoking ruins of Atlanta and launched his scorching March to the Sea. Here are five questions and answers about the commander whose name, even today, evokes admiration or hatred - and about his march, which hastened the war's end.

November 15, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN Associated Press | Nation


New tactics in health care push

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The pitch for health care coverage is being made at nail salons, pizzerias, mosques - and even bars.

November 15, 2014 | By ANN SANNER Associated Press | Nation


After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief

MILFORD, Pa. - For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.

October 31, 2014 | By KATHY MATHESON and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press | Nation


Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

FORT KENT, Maine - A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | By ROBERT F. BUKATY Associated Press | Nation


Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight

MOJAVE, Calif. - A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.

October 31, 2014 | By BRIAN MELLEY and JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Nation


For Biden, silver lining if Senate fight is a draw

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is crossing his fingers that Republicans won't come close to capturing the six Senate seats they need to seize the majority in next week's election. But for Vice President Joe Biden, there's a silver lining if Republicans fall just short.

October 29, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Nation


US governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

NEWARK, N.J. - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with the Ebola virus and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk, but some state governors and even the Army are carving their own paths.

October 27, 2014 | By DAVID PORTER and COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press | Nation


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