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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


Bloody October gives way to a violent November, 49 killed or found dead in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A blood-drenched October has passed into a violent early November as a motorcycle rigged with explosives ripped through a crowded Shiite market in Sadr City on Thursday and suspected Sunni insurgent gunmen killed a Shiite dean of Baghdad University.

November 11, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Israel kills 8 Palestinians in Gaza raid, but holds off on large-scale Gaza offensive

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops seized a northern Gaza town Wednesday in one of the largest strikes against Palestinian rocket squads in months, imposing a curfew, deploying snipers on rooftops and patrolling streets in tanks. Eight Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed.

November 11, 2006 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Nation


Kerry apologizes for remark about troops

WASHINGTON - Thrust into the midst of the midterm election campaign, Sen. John Kerry apologized Wednesday to ''any service member, family member or American who was offended'' by remarks deemed by Republicans and Democrats alike to be insulting to U.S. forces in Iraq.

November 11, 2006 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Global study dispels some myths about sexual behavior

LONDON - In the first comprehensive global study of sexual behavior, British researchers found that people aren't losing their virginity at ever younger ages, married people have the most sex, and there is no firm link between promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases.

November 11, 2006 | By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer | Nation


Big fat doses of red wine extract help obese mice stay happy, healthy and live longer

WASHINGTON - Obese mice on a high-fat diet got the benefits of being thin - living healthier, longer lives - without the pain of dieting when they consumed huge doses of red wine extract, according to a landmark new study.

November 11, 2006 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Nation


In South Dakota campaign, abortion’s impact on women emerges as key issue

The rival sides in South Dakota's historic vote on abortion each are claiming their position protects women's health - an old argument on the abortion rights side but a new campaign tactic for anti-abortion advocates that has significantly changed the debate.

November 11, 2006 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | Nation


Iraq cancels leave for military officers in advance of Saddam verdict

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq canceled leave Friday for all military officers two days before an expected verdict - and possible death sentence - in the trial of Saddam Hussein. For the second time this week, a top Bush administration official huddled with the Iraqi prime minister.

November 11, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush’s save-the-majority tour hits strong Republican outposts

WASHINGTON - President Bush, campaigner in chief for a party in peril, set out on a rescue mission for embattled candidates in the unlikeliest of places Thursday as Republicans struggled to minimize their losses in next week's elections.

November 11, 2006 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Idaho professor becomes a campus outcast with his Bigfoot research

POCATELLO, Idaho - Jeffrey Meldrum holds a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences and is a tenured professor of anatomy at Idaho State University.

November 11, 2006 | By JESSE HARLAN ALDERMAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Allegations against evangelical leader fuel debate over hypocrisy in family-values GOP

With the Mark Foley scandal still troubling Republicans, one of the nation's top evangelical leaders is now accused of paying for gay sex. Heading into Tuesday's election, when voters in eight states will decide on gay marriage bans, liberals and some conservatives are saying the party that prides itself on family values has a hypocrisy problem.

November 11, 2006 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | Nation


Jetliner’s mistaken landing on a N.J. taxiway worries air safety experts

NEWARK, N.J. - To an experienced pilot, Runway 29 at Newark Liberty International Airport is hard to miss. It is half a football field wide, and like all jet runways, is marked by white lights on each side and down its center line.

November 11, 2006 | By DAVID PORTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Moment by moment led to killing of Ferguson teen

The two friends' mornings intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke - on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 26, 2014 | By ADAM GELLER and DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press | Nation


No charges in Ferguson case; chaos fills streets

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.

November 25, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police.

November 24, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


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


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