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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


Whale-blubber salad, anyone? Alaska natives add tribal foods to Thanksgiving feast

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - David Smith was a new arrival to the North Slope village of Nuiqsut last year when the former resident of upstate New York cooked up a few turkeys and vat of chili for the Eskimo community's Thanksgiving dinner.

December 18, 2006 | By RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press Writer | Nation


Commander says early withdrawal of U.S. troops would only worsen Iraq’s violence

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in the Middle East warned Congress Wednesday against setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, rejecting the arguments of resurgent Democrats who are pressing President Bush to start pulling out.

December 18, 2006 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Nation


US Airways makes $8 billion cash and stock offer for Delta once Delta emerges from bankruptcy

ATLANTA - US Airways Group Inc. made a hostile $8 billion cash and stock bid for Delta Air Lines Inc. on Wednesday, a deal that would create one of the world's largest carriers. The move came despite Delta's repeated statements it isn't interested in a merger.

December 18, 2006 | By HARRY R. WEBER AP Business Writer | Nation


AP Exclusive: Millions of exotic pets, little disease screening. A disaster in the making?

WASHINGTON - Exotic animals captured in the wild are streaming into the U.S. by the millions with little or no screening for disease, leaving Americans vulnerable to a virulent outbreak that could rival a terrorist act.

December 18, 2006 | By MARGARET EBRAHIM and JOHN SOLOMON Associated Press Writers | Nation


Kidnappers free scores of Iraqis; prime minister may be bending to U.S. pressure

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Kidnappers released about 70 people snatched in a mass abduction by suspected Shiite militiamen who answer to a key backer of the prime minister - a sign the militants went too far and Iraq's leader may be yielding to intense U.S. pressure to crack down on sectarian violence.

December 18, 2006 | By THOMAS WAGNER | Nation


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North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - An Ohio man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea returned to a very emotional homecoming Wednesday amid tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.

October 22, 2014 | By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press | Nation


Reports: Televangelist urged vasectomies, abortion

AKRON, Ohio - Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.

October 21, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

DALLAS - Youngor Jallah spent the last three weeks confined to her small apartment with her children and boyfriend, fearing they had contracted the deadly Ebola virus from her mother's fiance.

October 20, 2014 | By EMILY SCHMALL Associated Press | Nation


Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from W. Africa

WASHINGTON - Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

October 16, 2014 | By CONNIE CASS Associated Press | Nation


US Ebola patient dies; airport screening expanded

WASHINGTON - The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.

October 08, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE and CONNIE CASS Associated Press | Nation


US stocks slide on global growth concerns

NEW YORK - Worries about weakening global growth drove the stock market lower Tuesday.

October 07, 2014 | By STEVE ROTHWELL AP Markets Writer | Nation


Same-sex marriages begin in the South

RICHMOND, Va. - Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold in a conservative region long opposed to the marriages.

October 07, 2014 | By LARRY O'DELL and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press | Nation


Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim?

WASHINGTON - Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

October 07, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Supreme Court clears the way for gay marriage expansion

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it's only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

October 06, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Texas family that hosted Ebola patient confined to home

DALLAS - Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened and Liberian authorities said they would prosecute the man for allegedly lying on an airport questionnaire.

October 02, 2014 | By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH and DAVID WARREN Associated Press | Nation


Pierson's undoing was quick as support vanished

WASHINGTON - One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president.

October 02, 2014 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Patient told Texas hospital he was from Liberia

DALLAS - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told health care workers on his initial hospital visit that he had recently been in an area affected by the deadly disease, but that information was not widely shared, a hospital official said Wednesday.

October 01, 2014 | By DAVID WARREN and LAURAN NEERGARD Associated Press | Nation


Q&A: What are students in Colorado protesting?

DENVER - A fight in Colorado over how United States history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of censorship.

October 01, 2014 | By COLLEEN SLEVIN Associated Press | Nation


Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

WASHINGTON - Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

September 29, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Nation


Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

WASHINGTON - Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was "obviously concerned" about the weekend incident, a spokesman said.

September 22, 2014 | By PETE YOST and ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press | Nation


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