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Americans’ approval of Bush’s Iraq policy drops to lowest level yet

WASHINGTON - Americans' approval of President Bush's handling of Iraq has dropped to the lowest level ever, increasing the pressure on the commander in chief to find a way out after nearly four years of war.

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


House Democrats choose Pelosi as first female speaker, rebuff her to choose Hoyer as No. 2

WASHINGTON - Democrats embraced Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first woman House speaker in history on Thursday, then quickly snubbed her, selecting Steny Hoyer of Maryland as majority leader against her wishes.

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


Tornado kills at least 8 in N.C.; storms blamed for 12 deaths

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. - A tornado flipped cars, shredded trees and ripped mobile homes to pieces in this little riverside community early Thursday, killing at least eight people, authorities said.

December 18, 2006 | By ESTES THOMPSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


More Gulf Coast residents spend Thanksgiving in FEMA trailers

CHALMETTE, La. - Cradling an 18-pound turkey, Hurricane Katrina victim Nancy Prattini hauled groceries from her minivan, preparing for her family's first Thanksgiving dinner in their cramped FEMA-issued trailer.

December 18, 2006 | By STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Democrats look to cut payments to insurers as way to trim Medicare costs

WASHINGTON - Soon to be in charge of Congress, Democrats are looking to chip away at billions of dollars in payments to the health insurance companies that run Medicare's managed care programs.

December 18, 2006 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | Nation


U.N. says 3,709 Iraqis were killed in October, a record-setting monthly toll

BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 101 Iraqis died in the country's unending sectarian slaughter Wednesday, and the U.N. reported that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly toll of the war and one that is sure to be eclipsed when November's dead are counted.

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


Publisher says she considers new O.J. Simpson book ‘his confession’

NEW YORK - In an account his publisher considers a confession and some media executives call revolting, O.J. Simpson plans a book and TV interview to discuss how, hypothetically, he could have killed his ex-wife and her friend.

December 18, 2006 | By ERIN McCLAM AP National Writer | Nation


Teachers are teaching Thanksgiving with more sensitivity to the Indians’ side of the story

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Teacher Bill Morgan walks into his third-grade class wearing a black Pilgrim hat made of construction paper and begins snatching up pencils, backpacks and glue sticks from his pupils. He tells them the items now belong to him because he ''discovered'' them.

December 18, 2006 | By ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Wars past and present follow Bush on his Asian trip

HONOLULU - President Bush, heading home from an eight-day journey to reassure Asia of America's commitment to the region, told U.S. troops stationed in Hawaii that their participation in the war on terror ''will determine how your children and grandchildren live.''

December 18, 2006 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Gunmen kill Lebanese Cabinet minister, an opponent of Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Pierre Gemayel, an anti-Syrian politician and scion of Lebanon's most prominent Christian family, was gunned down Tuesday in a carefully orchestrated assassination that heightened tensions between the U.S.-backed government and the militant Hezbollah.

December 18, 2006 | By SAM F. GHATTAS Associated Press Writer | Nation


News Corp. cancels O.J. Simpson book and TV special

NEW YORK - After a firestorm of criticism, News. Corp. said Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and TV special ''If I Did It.''

December 18, 2006 | By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer | Nation


Iraqi president invited to Tehran for summit with Assad, Ahmedinejad

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invited his Iraqi and Syrian counterparts to a weekend summit in Tehran to tackle the chaos in Iraq, where violence is hurtling toward civil war, four key lawmakers told The Associated Press on Monday.

December 18, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writers | Nation


FBI joins British investigation of poisoned spy

LONDON - The FBI is joining the British probe into the poisoning death of a Kremlin critic, the agency announced Thursday as investigators found traces of radiation at a dozen sites in Britain and a former Russian prime minister reported symptoms consistent with poisoning.

December 18, 2006 | By JENNIFER QUINN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush draws line on troop withdrawals, though Iraqi leader says his forces will be ready by June

AMMAN, Jordan - President Bush on Thursday rejected calls for a measured withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, even as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, facing doubts about his ability to dampen violence, asserted his forces could take full control by June.

December 18, 2006 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer | Nation


AP Enterprise: Disease hunter scours Florida coast to thwart next outbreak from imported pets

As the rising sun danced across Florida's coastal waters, government workers in shorts and T-shirts knelt in a grassy island field and plucked wriggling rats from traps laid the night before.

December 18, 2006 | By MARGARET EBRAHIM Associated Press Writer | Nation


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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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