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Federal raids at meatpacking plants in 6 states met with anger by some, cheers by others

WASHINGTON - More than 1,200 people were arrested in meatpacking plants in six states during raids that federal officials said amounted to the largest-ever workplace crackdown on illegal immigration.

December 28, 2006 | By JENNIFER TALHELM Associated Press Writer | Nation


Airline consolidation could mean higher fares for consumers

CHICAGO - A long-anticipated consolidation of U.S. airlines could mean higher fares for travelers as overlapping routes are eliminated, experts said Wednesday as talk of likely deals reverberated throughout the industry.

December 28, 2006 | By DAVE CARPENTER AP Business Writer | Nation


Indian tribe is building a glass deck that will offer a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon

HUALAPAI INDIAN RESERVATION, Ariz. - A struggling Indian tribe is hoping to change its fortunes by luring tourists out over the edge of the Grand Canyon on a glass-bottom observation deck 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.

December 28, 2006 | By CHRIS KAHN Associated Press Writer | Nation


FDA proposes expanding antidepressant suicide warning to include young adults

WASHINGTON - Treatment with antidepressants increases the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in patients up to age 24, according to proposed changes to the drugs' labels unveiled Wednesday by health officials.

December 28, 2006 | By ANDREW BRIDGES Associated Press Writer | Nation


Fed holds interest rates steady — good cheer for shoppers though Wall Street ready for a cut

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady, giving holiday shoppers a reason for some cheer. However, the Fed held back an extra gift Wall Street was hoping for: a signal that rates might actually be lowered soon.

December 27, 2006 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Nation


Taco Bell aims to persuade customers its food is safe after outbreak

LOS ANGELES - Taco Bell Corp. launched a newspaper ad blitz and sent its president on a string of media interviews Tuesday to persuade customers that its food is safe - even as the cause of the E. coli outbreak linked to the fast-food chain remained a mystery.

December 27, 2006 | By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer | Nation


Bombing strikes Shiites looking for work in central Baghdad, killing at least 63

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber struck a crowd of mostly poor Shiites in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 63 people and wounding more than 200 after luring construction workers onto a pickup truck by offering them jobs as they were eating breakfast.

December 27, 2006 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


3 young sons of senior Palestinian officer killed in drive-by shooting

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gunmen killed the three young sons of a Palestinian security officer targeted twice before for assassination by Hamas, riddling the car taking them to school with more than 60 bullets - and raising the specter of open war between Fatah and the Islamic group.

December 26, 2006 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Nation


December on track to be one of the deadliest for troops in Iraq; another helicopter down

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A Marine helicopter made a hard landing Monday in a remote desert area of Anbar province, injuring 18 people, the third U.S. aircraft to go down in the insurgent stronghold in two weeks.

December 26, 2006 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush seeks advice on new course in Iraq

WASHINGTON - President Bush, eager to show he can take advice on Iraq, embarked on a round of public outreach Monday and promised Americans the unpopular war eventually would make their lives safer.

December 26, 2006 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Holocaust deniers gather in Iran for conference casting doubt on Nazi genocide

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran hosted Holocaust deniers from around the world Monday at a conference examining whether the Nazi genocide took place, a meeting Israel's prime minister condemned as a ''sick phenomenon.''

December 26, 2006 | By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Poll: Teens, adults separated by ’instant message gap’

WASHINGTON - Teenager Michelle Rome can't imagine life without instant messaging. Baby boomer Steve Wilson doesn't care that it even exists.

December 22, 2006 | By WILL LESTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


GOP’s Capitol control winds down in a shuffle of boxes and some long faces

WASHINGTON - It has not been a pretty sight on Capitol Hill in the waning hours of Republican control.

December 22, 2006 | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Officials say Saudis major provider of finance to Iraqi Sunni insurgents

CAIRO, Egypt - Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash.

December 22, 2006 | By SALAH NASRAWI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush gives chilly response to some recommendations of Iraq study group

WASHINGTON - President Bush gave a chilly response to the Iraq Study Group's proposals for reshaping his policy Thursday, objecting to talks with Iran and Syria, refusing to endorse a major troop withdrawal and vowing no retreat from embattled U.S. goals in the Mideast.

December 22, 2006 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | 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


Florida resort hotel also serves as military test site

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military officials, it is known as Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5.

June 23, 2014 | By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL Associated Press | Nation


US memo justifying drone killings released

NEW YORK - The secret U.S. government memo outlining the justification for the use of drones to kill American terror suspects abroad was released by court order Monday, yielding the most detailed, inside look yet at the legal underpinnings of the Obama administration's program of "targeted killings."

June 23, 2014 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press | Nation


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