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Fed holds interest rates steady — good cheer for shoppers though Wall Street ready for a cut

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady, giving holiday shoppers a reason for some cheer. However, the Fed held back an extra gift Wall Street was hoping for: a signal that rates might actually be lowered soon.

December 27, 2006 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Nation


Taco Bell aims to persuade customers its food is safe after outbreak

LOS ANGELES - Taco Bell Corp. launched a newspaper ad blitz and sent its president on a string of media interviews Tuesday to persuade customers that its food is safe - even as the cause of the E. coli outbreak linked to the fast-food chain remained a mystery.

December 27, 2006 | By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer | Nation


Bombing strikes Shiites looking for work in central Baghdad, killing at least 63

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber struck a crowd of mostly poor Shiites in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 63 people and wounding more than 200 after luring construction workers onto a pickup truck by offering them jobs as they were eating breakfast.

December 27, 2006 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


3 young sons of senior Palestinian officer killed in drive-by shooting

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gunmen killed the three young sons of a Palestinian security officer targeted twice before for assassination by Hamas, riddling the car taking them to school with more than 60 bullets - and raising the specter of open war between Fatah and the Islamic group.

December 26, 2006 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Nation


December on track to be one of the deadliest for troops in Iraq; another helicopter down

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A Marine helicopter made a hard landing Monday in a remote desert area of Anbar province, injuring 18 people, the third U.S. aircraft to go down in the insurgent stronghold in two weeks.

December 26, 2006 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush seeks advice on new course in Iraq

WASHINGTON - President Bush, eager to show he can take advice on Iraq, embarked on a round of public outreach Monday and promised Americans the unpopular war eventually would make their lives safer.

December 26, 2006 | By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Holocaust deniers gather in Iran for conference casting doubt on Nazi genocide

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran hosted Holocaust deniers from around the world Monday at a conference examining whether the Nazi genocide took place, a meeting Israel's prime minister condemned as a ''sick phenomenon.''

December 26, 2006 | By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Poll: Teens, adults separated by ’instant message gap’

WASHINGTON - Teenager Michelle Rome can't imagine life without instant messaging. Baby boomer Steve Wilson doesn't care that it even exists.

December 22, 2006 | By WILL LESTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


GOP’s Capitol control winds down in a shuffle of boxes and some long faces

WASHINGTON - It has not been a pretty sight on Capitol Hill in the waning hours of Republican control.

December 22, 2006 | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Officials say Saudis major provider of finance to Iraqi Sunni insurgents

CAIRO, Egypt - Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash.

December 22, 2006 | By SALAH NASRAWI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush gives chilly response to some recommendations of Iraq study group

WASHINGTON - President Bush gave a chilly response to the Iraq Study Group's proposals for reshaping his policy Thursday, objecting to talks with Iran and Syria, refusing to endorse a major troop withdrawal and vowing no retreat from embattled U.S. goals in the Mideast.

December 22, 2006 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation


Scientists believe they have found photographic evidence of flowing water on Mars

LOS ANGELES - New photographs from space suggest that water occasionally flows on the frigid surface of Mars, raising the tantalizing possibility that the Red Planet is hospitable to life, scientists reported Wednesday.

December 21, 2006 | By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer | Nation


After E. coli outbreak, Taco Bell removes green onions from restaurants nationwide

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Taco Bell ordered scallions removed from its 5,800 U.S. restaurants Wednesday after tests suggested they may be responsible for the E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least three dozen people in three states.

December 21, 2006 | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush policy in Iraq failing, commission says

WASHINGTON - President Bush's policy in Iraq ''is not working,'' a high-level commission said Wednesday in a blunt, bleak assessment that called for an urgent diplomatic attempt to stabilize the country and allow withdrawal of most U.S. combat troops by early 2008.

December 21, 2006 | By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY and DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writers | Nation


Closed Taco Bells all used same food distributor, company says

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - All 11 Taco Bells implicated in an E. coli outbreak in New York and New Jersey used the same food distributor, the restaurant chain said Tuesday as health officials tried to pinpoint the source of the dangerous bacteria that sickened at least three dozen people.

December 20, 2006 | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

August 11, 2014 | By HAVEN DALEY and HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Nation


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. - A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

August 11, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Nation


Obama's Iraq aim: Contain, not destroy, extremists

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants' momentum.

August 08, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS and LARA JAKES AP National Security Writers | Nation


CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

WASHINGTON - The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, a U.S. health official said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Nation


Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

HONOLULU - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.

August 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press | Nation


Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

WASHINGTON - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

August 04, 2014 | By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press | Nation


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