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Christmas creeping up on shoppers early, even before Halloween

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and it's only October.

November 02, 2006 | By DEBORAH YAO AP Business Writer | Nation

Tennessee fire chief, 3 volunteers charged with arson

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Neighbors and police officers have known for years that someone was setting a rash of fires in this small town, destroying buildings and sheds.

November 02, 2006 | By WOODY BAIRD Associated Press Writer | Nation

Fed keeps interest rates unchanged for third consecutive meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday for a third consecutive meeting, hoping that a slowing economy will dampen a worrisome rise in inflation.

November 02, 2006 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation

Bush acknowledges public discontent at home with war in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a somber but combative pre-election review of a long and brutal war, President Bush conceded Wednesday that the United States is taking heavy casualties in Iraq and said, ''I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation'' there.

November 02, 2006 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Nation

U.S. unveils timeline to curb violence, says more troops may be needed in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two weeks before U.S. midterm elections, American officials unveiled a timeline Tuesday for Iraq's Shiite-led government to take specific steps to calm the world's most dangerous capital and said more U.S. troops might be needed to quell the bloodshed.

November 02, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation

College fundraising goals pass the $4 billion mark

Cornell University is going all-out this week.

November 02, 2006 | By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer | Nation

Officials wanted more searching for body parts at the World Trade Center site

NEW YORK (AP) - As the city agency overseeing the removal of the World Trade Center rubble was wrapping up its work in 2002, several officials handling the painstaking recovery of human remains warned that things were moving too fast.

October 31, 2006 | By SARA KUGLER Associated Press Writer | Nation

Ford loses $5.8B in 3Q on sagging sales, restructuring

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford Motor Co.'s blue oval continued to bleed red ink in the third quarter, with the company posting a $5.8 billion loss Monday due to sagging North American sales and huge costs associated with a massive restructuring plan.

October 31, 2006 | By TOM KRISHER Associated Press Writer | Nation

From bubbles to video games, distraction eases kids’ shot pain

WASHINGTON (AP) - Think preschoolers don't know geography? Drive 'em to the pediatrician's office. Starting around age 2, they're crying before you make the final turn into the parking lot - they remember where they get shots.

October 31, 2006 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Nation

Immigrant population in GOP districts increasing

DALTON, Ga. - It's a slice of Americana: children playing soccer on a sunny Saturday morning, their parents cheering them on. But at these soccer fields, the dominant language is Spanish, the food truck sells authentic Mexican and few of the adults are eligible to vote.

October 30, 2006 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press Writer | Nation

Mortar shells kill 18 near Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Five bicycle bombs and a hail of mortar shells ripped apart a market south of Baghdad on Saturday, killing 18 people in yet another sign that Iraq's government and U.S. forces were struggling to contain sectarian violence. Three U.S. Marines also were killed, making October the deadliest month for American forces this year.

October 30, 2006 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Nation

400 million

Now that the nation officially numbers more than 300 million, what next?

October 30, 2006 | By ERIN TEXEIRA AP National Writer | Nation

Bush: ‘Our goal is clear’

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Saturday reviewed Iraq strategy with top war commanders and national security advisers, but indicated little inclination for major changes to an increasingly divisive policy.

October 30, 2006 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Nation

Violence, among Shiites this time, spreads ominously to Iraq’s south

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Black-uniformed, hooded gunmen loyal to an anti-American Shiite cleric briefly seized the major southern city of Amarah on Friday in an audacious drive against local security forces, largely controlled by Iraq's other main Shiite militia.

October 28, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation

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

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