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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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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


US governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

NEWARK, N.J. - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with the Ebola virus and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk, but some state governors and even the Army are carving their own paths.

October 27, 2014 | By DAVID PORTER and COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press | Nation


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