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Legislating the stomach? For NYC diners, health concerns trump trans fat ban fears

NEW YORK - Yes, said Toni Lewis, as she caught a quick dinner on the run at McDonalds before her child's piano lesson. Maybe New York City IS going too far telling people what they can and can't put into their stomachs. But you know what?

December 20, 2006 | By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer | Nation


Gates says U.S. not winning war in Iraq, gains panel recommendation as Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON - Robert Gates won approval by a Senate panel Tuesday to be the next defense secretary after telling the senators the U.S. is not winning the war in Iraq and there could be a ''regional conflagration'' if the country is not stabilized.

December 20, 2006 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation


Iraq’s prime minister opens door to regional conference; U.S. sees Iraqis in control next year

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister reversed course Tuesday and said his envoys will talk with Iraq's neighbors about the possibility of a regional conference on quelling the violence here, despite opposition to the plan by some key political allies.

December 20, 2006 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writers | Nation


Businessman wants to end negative stereotypes about Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. - For Mississippian Rick Looser, the last straw came on an airline flight a couple of years ago when a 12-year-old Connecticut boy sitting next to him asked: ''Do you still see the KKK on the streets every day?''

December 19, 2006 | By HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press Writer | Nation


Companies push workers to adopt healthy habits

NEW YORK - Many companies are starting to sound like moms: They're pushing employees to eat their vegetables and go outside and play. And they're not being gentle about it.

December 19, 2006 | By ELLEN SIMON AP Business Writer | Nation


Helicopter plunges into a lake in Anbar, killing four U.S. Marines

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four U.S. Marines died when a Sea Knight helicopter plunged into a lake in volatile Anbar province, the military said Monday, raising to 13 the number of American troops killed during a bloody weekend in Iraq.

December 19, 2006 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


Justices question school-diversity plans; race and education back in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - A half century after the Supreme Court outlawed state-sponsored school segregation, five of nine justices indicated Monday that school systems may run afoul of the Constitution by using students' race to promote diversity.

December 19, 2006 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


First heart valves grown from amnio stem cells, offering hope for defect repairs in babies

CHICAGO - Scientists for the first time have grown human heart valves using stem cells from the fluid that cushions babies in the womb - offering a revolutionary approach that may be used to repair defective hearts in the future.

December 18, 2006 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


Big drop in gasoline pushes consumer costs down for second month

WASHINGTON - A big drop in gas prices pushed consumer costs down for a second straight month, and factories staged a modest rebound - signs the Federal Reserve is managing to stem inflation without pushing the country into recession.

December 18, 2006 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


Bush says lessons of Vietnam suggest patience needed in Iraq

HANOI, Vietnam - Visiting a land where America suffered military defeat, President Bush urged patience for positive results in Iraq on Friday and tried to stiffen global resolve to challenge a nuclear-armed North Korea.

December 18, 2006 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation


Fighting breaks out in area of Iraq where 5 security contractors were seized

BAGHDAD, Iraq - British ground forces and U.S. military helicopters fought with gunmen Friday in southern Iraq where four American security contractors and their Austrian co-worker were abducted in a convoy hijacking near the Kuwait border.

December 18, 2006 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Writer | Nation


Boehner chosen to lead House GOP, pledges fight to regain control from Democrats

WASHINGTON - Cast into the minority by an angry electorate, House Republicans chose Rep. John Boehner of Ohio on Friday to lead a return to power as quickly as possible. ''We're going to earn our way back into the majority,'' he vowed.

December 18, 2006 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Bush mulls next step on troops in Iraq — send more or start pulling out?

BOGOR, Indonesia - President Bush said Monday he isn't ready to decide between rival calls to increase or scale back U.S. troops in Iraq. Unruffled by street protests against his policy, he said they were a healthy sign of democracy in this Muslim nation.

December 18, 2006 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation


Fallujah now a safe haven for Sunnis fleeing Baghdad

FALLUJAH, Iraq - Some 30 Sunni refugees seeking a safe haven from Baghdad sit under the shade of a camouflage net on the outskirts of Fallujah, waiting at a makeshift U.S. facility for city IDs.

December 18, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Experimental ultrasound method could mean fewer biopsies for women with breast lumps

CHICAGO - An experimental ultrasound technique that measures how easily breast lumps compress and bounce back could enable doctors to determine instantly whether a woman has cancer or not - without having to do a biopsy.

December 18, 2006 | By CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

August 11, 2014 | By HAVEN DALEY and HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Nation


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. - A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

August 11, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Nation


Obama's Iraq aim: Contain, not destroy, extremists

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants' momentum.

August 08, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS and LARA JAKES AP National Security Writers | Nation


CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

WASHINGTON - The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, a U.S. health official said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Nation


Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

HONOLULU - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.

August 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press | Nation


Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

WASHINGTON - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

August 04, 2014 | By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press | Nation


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