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Calif. diocese votes to split with Episcopal Church over role of gays and lesbians

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - An Episcopal diocese in central California voted Saturday to split with the national denomination over disagreements about the role of gays and lesbians in the church.

December 24, 2007 | By JORDAN ROBERTSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


Lawyers complain iguanas at Guantanamo get more legal protection than detainees

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Guantanamo Bay, the only U.S. military base in a country that has no diplomatic relations with Washington, is a concentrated slice of Americana: The Star Spangled Banner blares from loudspeakers every morning as soldiers outside Starbucks stand at attention.

December 24, 2007 | By ANDREW O. SELSKY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Willy the tortoise makes slow-speed dash for freedom in Southern California

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - It wasn't exactly a high-speed chase.

December 24, 2007 | The Associated Press | Nation


AP Exclusive: Convicted Marine drill instructor says he was taught to abuse

SAN DIEGO - A Marine drill instructor convicted of abusing 23 recruits says he has been ordered to testify against the very men who taught him the practices that led to his jail sentence and dishonorable discharge.

December 24, 2007 | By CHELSEA J. CARTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


CIA, Justice Department open investigation into videotape destruction

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department and CIA announced a joint inquiry Saturday into the spy agency's destruction of videotapes of interrogations of two suspected terrorists.

December 24, 2007 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | Nation


Pennsylvania man in Guinness Book of World Records for getting hit and thrown by car

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. - Matthew McKnight hopes nobody manages to top his feat in the Guinness Book of World Records.

December 23, 2007 | The Associated Press | Nation


Afghan, NATO operation leaves 14 dead, including 2 children

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A NATO and Afghan operation to retake a Taliban-controlled town in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 12 Taliban fighters and two children, the Afghan Defense Ministry said Saturday.

December 23, 2007 | By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Nation


Miami nuns’ convent is old motel with swimming pool

MIAMI - Sister Veronica Rop heard Barry University's convent was unconventional, but a swimming pool?

December 23, 2007 | By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Postal inspectors: New York City greeting cards vanish, and sting points to mailman

NEW YORK - Call it a special delivery. A postal carrier pocketed dozens of greeting cards he was supposed to deliver to get at the cash inside, postal inspectors said.

December 23, 2007 | | Nation


Embattled State IG announces his resignation

WASHINGTON - The State Department's embattled inspector general, accused of impeding a Justice Department investigation of Blackwater Worldwide, announced his resignation Friday, saying a poisonous political atmosphere in Washington deters people from careers in public service.

December 23, 2007 | By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer | Nation


New York City Council to consider banning horse-drawn carriages at urging of animal advocates

NEW YORK - The horse-drawn carriages that clip clop around Central Park could be banned under City Council legislation to be introduced at the urging of animal advocates who say the horses are treated inhumanely.

December 23, 2007 | By SARA KUGLER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Window washer dead, brother injured in 47-story fall from apartment building in Manhattan

NEW YORK - Their job was one of routine peril - washing windows on Manhattan skyscrapers.

December 23, 2007 | By ULA ILNYTZKY Associated Press Writer | Nation


Worldwide protests call for urgent action to fight global warming

LONDON (AP) - Skiers, fire-eaters and an ice sculptor joined in worldwide demonstrations Saturday to draw attention to climate change and push their governments to take stronger action to fight global warming.

December 23, 2007 | By RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writer | Nation


Pakistani general says army has Islamic militants on the run in Swat area

MINGORA, Pakistan - The Pakistani army has driven Islamic militants from all the towns in a scenic northern valley and killed 290 of the followers of a pro-Taliban cleric who has called for a holy war against the government, a general said Saturday.

December 23, 2007 | By STEPHEN GRAHAM Associated Press Writer | Nation


Laid-off trucker leads campaign to ship Christmas trees to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Sprawled in his recliner, tired and achy after three days of nearly nonstop work, James Ward hardly looks like Santa Claus.

December 23, 2007 | By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON - Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.

April 15, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Nation


Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.

April 11, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


'It's a Small World' turns 50 with sing-along

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The timeless Disney tune "It's a Small World" that wafts through our memories from past theme park vacations turns 50 this year, and on Thursday, Disney parks worldwide hosted a global sing-along.

April 10, 2014 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Nation


A blank look, followed by bloodshed at high school

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed with students at their lockers or chatting with friends.

April 10, 2014 | By JESSE WASHINGTON and KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press | Nation


Strait wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards

George Strait won his second entertainer of the year - 25 years after he won his first - and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.

April 07, 2014 | By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer | Nation


Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

FORT HOOD, Texas - An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said.

April 03, 2014 | By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Nation


Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base

FORT HOOD, Texas - A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.

April 02, 2014 | By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Nation


Mad dash for health care sign-ups on deadline day

WASHINGTON - A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 100,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

March 31, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Senate torture report examines hunt for bin Laden

WASHINGTON - A hotly disputed Senate torture report concludes that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with the investigation.

March 31, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press | Nation


4 men die in New Jersey shore motel fire

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. - A fire early Friday destroyed a New Jersey shore motel that was housing people displaced by Superstorm Sandy, killing four people and injuring eight, authorities said.

March 21, 2014 | By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press | Nation


Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension

WASHINGTON - Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools - even as tiny preschoolers.

March 21, 2014 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND and KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press | Nation


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