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Rumsfeld resigns hours after Democrats win control of House

WASHINGTON - After years of defending his secretary of defense, President Bush on Wednesday announced Donald H. Rumsfeld's resignation within hours of the Democrats' triumph in congressional elections. Bush reached back to his father's administration to tap a former CIA director to run the Pentagon.

November 16, 2006 | By ROBERT BURNS and KATHERINE SHRADER Associated Press Writers | Nation


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


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Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

WASHINGTON - Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.

July 01, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Justices sometimes do agree: Your privacy matters

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge's approval before searching the cellphones of people they've arrested.

July 01, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Birth control ruling sparks political clash

WASHINGTON - Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.

July 01, 2014 | By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS Associated Press | Nation


Conviction in NYC cop cannibalism case overturned

NEW YORK - A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women.

July 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 29, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Nation


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