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Scientists: Energy source of the Northern Lights discovered — a stream of charged particles

SAN FRANCISCO - Scientists think they have discovered the energy source of auroras borealis, the spectacular color displays seen in the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

December 27, 2007 | The Associated Press | National


Judge rules lawsuits by cleared Central Park jogger attack suspects can proceed

NEW YORK - A judge gave a tentative go-ahead to lawsuits filed on behalf of five men wrongly convicted in the notorious 1989 Central Park jogger attack, tossing out some claims but allowing others to proceed against the city.

December 27, 2007 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Writer | National


President Bush pardons 29 convicts, but not former White House aide

WASHINGTON - President Bush granted pardons Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and a violator of election laws, but not to I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby, his vice president's former top aide who was convicted in the case of the leaked identity of a CIA operative.

December 27, 2007 | By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer | National


Study finds small evolutionary change in women’s backs keeps them from toppling when pregnant

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists think they have figured out why pregnant women don't lose their balance and topple over despite ever-growing weight up front.

December 27, 2007 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | National


Hayden knew about videotapes before taking command of CIA

WASHINGTON - The CIA failed to fully inform Congress that it was videotaping the harsh interrogations of terrorist suspects and that it destroyed the tapes in 2005, the bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

December 27, 2007 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | National


New trade deal means more Chinese tourists could soon be visiting, helping American business

NEW YORK (AP) - Chinese citizens flush with cash from their booming economy will find it easier to vacation in the U.S. following a long-awaited agreement that the American travel industry hopes will bring in billions of dollars.

December 27, 2007 | By SAMANTHA GROSS Associated Press Writer | National


No hanging chad, but plenty of controversy in Bay Area mayor’s race

VALLEJO, Calif. - Election Day turned into Groundhog Day in this waterfront city.

December 27, 2007 | By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer | National


Modified stem cells from muscular dystrophy patients ease symptoms in mice, study finds

NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists eased symptoms of muscular dystrophy in mice by injecting modified stem cells from human patients, a preliminary result that raises hopes for treating patients with tissue from their own bodies.

December 27, 2007 | By MALCOLM RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Fed works with other central banks to deal with credit crunch, soothing Wall Street

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced a novel approach to injecting money into the banking system as it struggles to combat a severe credit crunch that threatens to drag the country into a recession.

December 27, 2007 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | National


Vegas police search for gunmen who shot 6 near school bus; security added at schools

LAS VEGAS - Police searched for two gunmen Wednesday who wounded six young people at a bus stop, an attack that officials believe stemmed from a fight about a girl. Tight security met students entering high schools.

December 27, 2007 | By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press Writer | National


Colo. shooter’s family ’groping for answers,’ praying for victims as services begin

DENVER - The family of a young man who went on a deadly shooting rampage in two Colorado religious centers before killing himself said Wednesday that they are ''groping for answers'' and praying for the victims' families.

December 27, 2007 | By GEORGE MERRITT and ERIC GORSKI Associated Press Writers | National


Ohio attorney under treatment after admitting she made up kidnapping story; charges likely

TOLEDO, Ohio - An attorney and former city councilwoman was getting treatment after admitting she fabricated her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint last week, her husband said Tuesday. Police said she probably will be charged with filing a false report.

December 26, 2007 | By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Writer | National


Police: Autopsy shows Colorado church gunman killed himself

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The man who killed four people at a church and missionary training center shot himself in the head and died after being hit by shots from a church security officer, police said Tuesday.

December 26, 2007 | By JUDITH KOHLER Associated Press Writer | National


AP IMPACT: ’Arctic is screaming,’ say scientists seeing new data; worry over ’tipping point’

WASHINGTON (AP) - An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.

December 26, 2007 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | National


Ex-wives of accused killer’s father say Baby Grace case familiar

HOUSTON - When Rita Grofer heard that Royce Clyde Zeigler II was accused of beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter to death because the toddler failed to say ''please,'' and ''yes, sir,'' her blood chilled.

December 26, 2007 | By LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON Associated Press Writer | National


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