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Bush policy in Iraq failing, commission says

WASHINGTON - President Bush's policy in Iraq ''is not working,'' a high-level commission said Wednesday in a blunt, bleak assessment that called for an urgent diplomatic attempt to stabilize the country and allow withdrawal of most U.S. combat troops by early 2008.

December 21, 2006 | By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY and DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writers | Nation


Closed Taco Bells all used same food distributor, company says

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - All 11 Taco Bells implicated in an E. coli outbreak in New York and New Jersey used the same food distributor, the restaurant chain said Tuesday as health officials tried to pinpoint the source of the dangerous bacteria that sickened at least three dozen people.

December 20, 2006 | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press Writer | Nation


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


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Obama: Wants to avoid 'militarized' police culture

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 01, 2014 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Nation


Suspect in 4 West Virginia killings found dead

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings was discovered dead in his truck of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hourslong manhunt, police said Monday.

December 01, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | Nation


Moment by moment led to killing of Ferguson teen

The two friends' mornings intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke - on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 26, 2014 | By ADAM GELLER and DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press | Nation


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


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