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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


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


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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


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