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Testing Americans, Iraqi prime minister wins U.S. approval to lift two blockades

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Exploiting GOP vulnerability in the Nov. 7 elections, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki flexed his political muscle Tuesday and won U.S. agreement to lift military blockades on Sadr City and another Shiite enclave where an American soldier was abducted.

November 08, 2006 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Study bolsters evidence that brain stem defects cause SIDS

CHICAGO - In a small study with big implications, researchers found some of the strongest evidence yet that sudden infant death syndrome - a medical and sometimes legal mystery once known as crib death - may be caused by brain stem abnormalities.

November 08, 2006 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


Perdue gets personal in second debate

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue took a personal swipe at Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor's in the candidates' second gubernatorial debate Sunday night questioning the Democrat's use of drugs and alcohol around his son.

November 06, 2006 | SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Perdue fails to disclose ’04 purchase of land

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue failed to disclose his 2004 purchase of more than 100 acres in Houston County, which ultimately masked an apparent conflict of interest when the state decided not to purchase an adjacent wildlife preserve, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

November 06, 2006 | The Associated Press | Nation


Iraq’s al-Maliki challenges U.S. handling of war

BAGHDAD, Iraq - After a hastily arranged video conference with George Bush, Iraq's prime minister said Saturday that the U.S. president promised to move swiftly to turn over full control of the Iraqi army to the Baghdad government.

November 06, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writers | Nation


Economic growth totters to slowest rate in over 3 years

WASHINGTON - The economy has slowed to a snail's pace, growing in the just-finished quarter at the slowest rate in more than three years and stirring fresh debate about the country's financial health heading into the elections.

November 04, 2006 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Nation


Rolling admitted Shreveport murders before execution

SHREVEPORT, La. - Shortly before he was executed in Florida this week for a series of killings in Gainesville, Danny Rolling handed his spiritual adviser a handwritten confession to a grisly triple murder 17 years ago in his home town of Shreveport.

November 04, 2006 | The Associated Press | Nation


White House denies Cheney endorsed ‘water boarding’

WASHINGTON - The White House said Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney was not talking about a torture technique known as ''water boarding'' when he said dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a ''no-brainer.''

November 04, 2006 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation


Exxon Mobil 3rd-quarter profit climbs to $10.49 billion, second biggest ever

DALLAS - Oil industry behemoth Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday its third-quarter earnings rose to $10.49 billion, the second-largest quarterly profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company. Its shares rose to a 52-week high.

November 03, 2006 | By STEVE QUINN AP Business Writer | Nation


Bush signs bill authorizing 700 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed a bill Thursday authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to give Republican candidates a pre-election platform for asserting they're tough on illegal immigration.

November 03, 2006 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Nation


New home prices fall by the largest amount in more than 35 years

WASHINGTON - The median price of a new home plunged in September by the largest amount in more than 35 years, even as the pace of sales rebounded for a second month.

November 03, 2006 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


Marine pleads guilty to assault in shooting of Iraqi civilian; 1 of 8 U.S. servicemen charged

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the death of an Iraqi civilian last April.

November 03, 2006 | By THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press Writer | Nation


Actor Michael J. Fox rallies for stem cell research

NEW YORK - The symptoms of Parkinson's disease that all but ended Michael J. Fox's acting career are making him a powerfully vulnerable campaign pitchman for five Democrats who support stem cell research.

November 03, 2006 | By JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer | Nation


Christmas creeping up on shoppers early, even before Halloween

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and it's only October.

November 02, 2006 | By DEBORAH YAO AP Business Writer | Nation


Tennessee fire chief, 3 volunteers charged with arson

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Neighbors and police officers have known for years that someone was setting a rash of fires in this small town, destroying buildings and sheds.

November 02, 2006 | By WOODY BAIRD Associated Press Writer | Nation


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US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

July 30, 2014 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

July 28, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE Associated Press | Nation


Medicare's own health looking better, report says

WASHINGTON - Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

July 28, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

July 28, 2014 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Nation


Hospital gunman kills caseworker, intended to kill others, official says

MEDIA, Pa. - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


2 courts issue conflicting decisions on Obamacare

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

July 21, 2014 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Nation


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