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Justices discuss graphic details of abortion in case over federal ban on 1 method

WASHINGTON - The graphic details of a disputed abortion procedure filled the Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices voiced concern with a federal ban on that operation.

November 16, 2006 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Hamas leader calls for renewal of attacks after deadly Israeli shelling in Gaza

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip - One weeping man dipped his hand in the blood of a dead relative and smeared it over his face, wailing ''God avenge us, God avenge us.''

November 16, 2006 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Nation


Democrats reclaim majority of governorships for first time in 12 years

For the first time in a dozen years, Democrats hold a majority of the nation's governorships after taking 20 of 36 races across all regions, including victories in states - such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado - that will be crucial to the 2008 presidential race.

November 15, 2006 | HUGO KUGIYA Associated Press Writer | Nation


‘Helicopter parents’ are trying to help their children land jobs

CHICAGO - Some parents are writing their college-age kids' resumes. Others are acting as their children's ''representatives,'' hounding college career counselors, showing up at job fairs and sometimes going as far as calling employers to ask why their son or daughter didn't get a job.

November 15, 2006 | By MARTHA IRVINE AP National Writer | Nation


Abortion, gay marriage among many hot topics in state ballot measures

Banning abortion and gay marriage, boosting minimum wages and tobacco taxes, and legalizing marijuana were among the options Tuesday as voters in many states considered ballot measures addressing an array of the nation's most divisive social issues.

November 15, 2006 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | Nation


Democrats seize control of the House

WASHINGTON - Resurgent Democrats won control of the House and challenged the Republicans' grip on the Senate in midterm elections early Wednesday, riding a powerful wave of public anger over the war in Iraq and scandal at home.

"Mr. President, we need a new direction in Iraq," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, celebrating her party's return to power - and her own ascension as first female speaker in history.

November 15, 2006 | DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Interior minister charges more than 50 police with torture

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Interior Ministry said Tuesday that it had brought the first-ever charges of torture against members of the Iraqi police, who are accused of close ties to the Shiite death squads whose daily abductions and killings fuel the sectarian violence convulsing the country.

November 15, 2006 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Talking war and change, Democrats challenge GOP for control of Congress, governorships

WASHINGTON - Democrats challenged Republicans for control of Congress for President Bush's final two years in office Tuesday in elections shadowed by war in Iraq and scandal at home. Thirty-six states elected governors, from Maine to California.

November 15, 2006 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Draft law would reinstate the jobs of members of Saddam’s party

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A day after Saddam Hussein was sentenced to hang, the country's Shiite-dominated government offered a major concession Monday to his Sunni backers that could see thousands of purged Baath party members reinstated in their jobs.

November 14, 2006 | By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Sandinista leader Ortega appears headed back to Nicaragua’s presidency

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Daniel Ortega, the revolutionary Marxist who battled a U.S.-backed Contra insurgency in the 1980s, was closing in on Nicaragua's presidency, appearing Monday to have defeated four opponents with promises that he was a changed man.

November 14, 2006 | By TRACI CARL Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush could face rough road in twilight of presidency, no matter who wins on Tuesday

WASHINGTON - Running out of time and influence, President Bush faces a rough road in the twilight of his presidency regardless of who controls Congress.

November 14, 2006 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation


Saddam sentenced to death by hanging

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced Sunday to hang for crimes against humanity in the 1982 killings of 148 people in a single town, as the ousted leader, trembling and defiant, shouted "God is great!"

As he, his half brother and another senior official in his regime were convicted and sentenced to death, Saddam yelled out, "Long live the people and death to their enemies. Long live the glorious nation, and death to its enemies!"

November 12, 2006 | HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Doctors report success with novel treatment for congestive heart failure

BOSTON - Doctors are reporting surprising early success with a novel treatment they hope will one day cure congestive heart failure in thousands of dying patients: They shrink the bloated heart with drugs while an artificial pump temporarily takes over the workload.

November 11, 2006 | By JEFF DONN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Historic Georgia town plagued by millions of bats; infestation is too large for local Batman

AMERICUS, Ga. - The grand historic mansions of this Southern town have become infested with millions of bats - so many that the sky turns black with each sunset. So many that not even the neighborhood Batman can help.

November 11, 2006 | By ELLIOTT MINOR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bloody October gives way to a violent November, 49 killed or found dead in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A blood-drenched October has passed into a violent early November as a motorcycle rigged with explosives ripped through a crowded Shiite market in Sadr City on Thursday and suspected Sunni insurgent gunmen killed a Shiite dean of Baghdad University.

November 11, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON - Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.

April 15, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Nation


Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.

April 11, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


'It's a Small World' turns 50 with sing-along

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The timeless Disney tune "It's a Small World" that wafts through our memories from past theme park vacations turns 50 this year, and on Thursday, Disney parks worldwide hosted a global sing-along.

April 10, 2014 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Nation


A blank look, followed by bloodshed at high school

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed with students at their lockers or chatting with friends.

April 10, 2014 | By JESSE WASHINGTON and KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press | Nation


Strait wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards

George Strait won his second entertainer of the year - 25 years after he won his first - and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.

April 07, 2014 | By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer | Nation


Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

FORT HOOD, Texas - An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said.

April 03, 2014 | By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Nation


Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base

FORT HOOD, Texas - A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.

April 02, 2014 | By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Nation


Mad dash for health care sign-ups on deadline day

WASHINGTON - A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 100,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

March 31, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Senate torture report examines hunt for bin Laden

WASHINGTON - A hotly disputed Senate torture report concludes that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with the investigation.

March 31, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press | Nation


4 men die in New Jersey shore motel fire

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. - A fire early Friday destroyed a New Jersey shore motel that was housing people displaced by Superstorm Sandy, killing four people and injuring eight, authorities said.

March 21, 2014 | By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press | Nation


Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension

WASHINGTON - Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools - even as tiny preschoolers.

March 21, 2014 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND and KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press | Nation


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