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Bush says ‘‘right now it’s tough’’ in Iraq but no strategy change in sight

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush conceded Friday that ''right now it's tough'' for American forces in Iraq, but the White House said he would not change U.S. strategy in the face of pre-election polls that show voters are upset.

October 28, 2006 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Police say Atlanta teen text-messaged during suicide attempt that killed woman

ATLANTA (AP) - A lovesick 16-year-old girl crashed her car into an oncoming vehicle in a suicide attempt, counting down the moments before impact in text messages sent to the female classmate who spurned her, authorities say. The girl survived; a woman in the other car was killed.

October 28, 2006 | By DOUG GROSS Associated Press Writer | Nation


Fake grass, no-watering rules — such is life across the drought-plagued West

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Roy Rogers probably never rode on it, but now he's buried under it - a lush carpet of fake grass.

October 27, 2006 | By ANGIE WAGNER Associated Press Writer | Nation


U.S. military spokesman: Bid to secure Baghdad has not met expectations

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The two-month-old U.S.-Iraqi bid to crush violence in the Iraqi capital has not met ''overall expectations,'' as attacks in Baghdad rose by 22 percent in the first three weeks of Ramadan, the U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.

October 27, 2006 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Thousands of U.S. troops are being held back from overseas duty because of debt

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Thousands of U.S. troops are being barred from overseas duty because they are so deep in debt they are considered security risks, according to an Associated Press review of military records.

October 27, 2006 | By THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press Writer | Nation


11 U.S. troops killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Eleven more U.S. troops were slain in combat, the military said Wednesday, putting October on track to be the deadliest month for U.S. forces since the siege of Fallujah nearly two years ago.

October 26, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


The Dow Jones industrial average crosses 12,000 for the first time, closes below milestone

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average briefly swept past 12,000 for the first time Wednesday, extending its march into record territory as investors grow increasingly optimistic about corporate earnings and the economy. The blue chip average rose to a new closing high, but fell just short of the 12,000 mark.

October 26, 2006 | By TIM PARADIS Associated Press Business Writer | Nation


Man’s suicide note after French Quarter leap leads to girlfriend’s dismembered body

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A note found on the body of a suicide jumper led police to a French Quarter apartment where they found his girlfriend's charred head in a pot on the stove, her arms and legs in the oven and her torso in the refrigerator, a law enforcement officer said Wednesday.

October 26, 2006 | By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Writer | Nation


'God was on our side’ — Hawaiians breathe sigh of relief after earthquake damage found minimal

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii (AP) - Frightened and unable to sleep in her posh, ocean-view hotel room after riding out the island's most recent earthquake, Doris Christianson crept out of bed and found a decidedly more down-market place to lay her head.

October 25, 2006 | By JAYMES SONG Associated Press Writer | Nation


U.S. forces back in Balad after Iraqi army fails to quell sectarian violence

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. forces patrolled the streets of the predominantly Shiite city of Balad on Tuesday after five days of sectarian slaughter killed 95 people, violence that surged out of control despite the efforts of Iraq's best-trained soldiers.

October 25, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Satellite imagery shows North Korea may be preparing for second nuclear tes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Satellite images indicate North Korea appears to be getting ready for a second nuclear test, officials said Tuesday, as the defiant communist regime held huge rallies and proclaimed that U.N. sanctions amount to a declaration of war.

October 25, 2006 | By BO-MI LIM Associated Press Writer | Nation


Saddam letter says Iraq’s ’liberation’ at hand, urges end to sectarian killings

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Gunmen killed the brother of the chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial Monday, as the ex-president called in an open letter for Iraqis to forgive their American enemies and stop sectarian killings because the country's ''liberation is at hand''

October 24, 2006 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and JAMAL HALABY Associated Press Writers | Nation


Surge of sectarian violence leaves nearly 100 dead in Iraqi town north of the capital

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Four days of sectarian slaughter killed at least 91 people by Monday in Balad, a town near a major U.S. air base an hour's drive north of the capital. Elsewhere, 60 Iraqis died in attacks and 16 tortured bodies were found.

October 24, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Inspectors check for damage in Hawaii after magnitude-6.7 quake

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A favorite pidgin expression in Hawaii - ''Lucky you live Hawaii'' - gained new meaning Monday as authorities quickly restored electricity and started to clear away boulders after the strongest earthquake to hit the islands in more than two decades.

October 24, 2006 | By JAYMES SONG Associated Press Writer | Nation


Cash and non-cash incentives prop up home prices amid market slowdown

NEW YORK (AP) - Buyers latched onto mortgages with all kinds of exotic teaser rates to be able to afford the soaring home prices that sellers were demanding during the boom years.

October 24, 2006 | By VINNEE TONG AP Business Writer | Nation


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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


Senate report: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics after 9/11

WASHINGTON - The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

July 31, 2014 | By KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press | Nation


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


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