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Sunni-Shiite mortar war marks escalation in sectarian conflict

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Mortar battles have erupted between Shiite and Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad, and the once-mixed city is reeling as the two sides adopt the weapons and tactics of urban civil war.

November 18, 2006 | By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush, Democratic senators pledge to work together — but controversy remains

WASHINGTON - President Bush opened the Oval Office Friday for a second day in a row to Democrats who will rule Capitol Hill next year, and both sides promised cooperation. But Democrats' heads were shaking over Bush demands for the current lame-duck GOP Congress to enact measures they oppose.

November 18, 2006 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Study: Americans diagnosed with HIV today can expect to live 24 years, health cost of $600,000

ATLANTA - An American diagnosed with the AIDS virus can expect to live for about 24 years on average, and the cost of health care over those two-plus decades is more than $600,000, new research indicates.

November 18, 2006 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation


Millions of acetaminophen pills recalled

WASHINGTON - Check your medicine cabinet: Millions of bottles of the widely used pain reliever acetaminophen - some sold as long as three years ago - are being recalled because they may contain metal fragments.

November 17, 2006 | By ANDREW BRIDGES Associated Press Writer | Nation


Iraqi health minister puts civilian deaths at 150,000

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A stunning new death count emerged Thursday, as Iraq's health minister estimated at least 150,000 civilians have been killed in the war - about three times previously accepted estimates.

November 17, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush, Pelosi, hold White House talks in effort to move forward from Election Day

WASHINGTON - President Bush made nice with Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi after Democrats gave his Republicans a trouncing on Election Day, but not before handing House GOP leaders a long legislative wish-list for the lameduck session that they'll orchestrate.

November 17, 2006 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Palestinians call for revenge during funeral for civilians killed in Gaza

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip - Women collapsed in grief, a man hoisted his dead baby aloft and tens of thousands of Palestinians called for revenge Thursday as they jammed a cemetery for the funeral of 18 civilians killed in an errant Israeli artillery attack.

November 17, 2006 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Nation


Startling findings from Pat Tillman probes

In a remote and dangerous corner of Afghanistan, under the protective roar of Apache attack helicopters and B-52 bombers, special agents and investigators did their work.

November 17, 2006 | By SCOTT LINDLAW and MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press Writers | Nation


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


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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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