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Great white sharks hunt just like Hannibal Lecter

WASHINGTON - Great white sharks have some things in common with human serial killers, a new study says: They don't attack at random, but stalk specific victims, lurking out of sight.

June 21, 2009 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | National

Jobless rate jumps 7.2 percent in Dec.

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 7.2 percent in December, the highest level in 16 years, as nervous employers slashed 524,000 jobs, capping one of the worst years in modern history for American workers.

January 09, 2009 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National

AP Poll: 67 percent of pet owners say they understand their pets

WASHINGTON - When your dog says "Woof," you hear an eager, "Let's take a walk." And your cat has a certain entitled meow that you know means, "Put more food in my bowl - now!"

January 01, 2009 | By ALAN FRAM | National

IIHS: Small cars making strides in safety features

WASHINGTON - Small cars, which have become more popular with the fluctuation in gas prices, are becoming better equipped to protect motorists in serious crashes, according to tests by the insurance industry.

January 01, 2009 | The Associated Press | National

Idea of merger of Ga. black colleges with white stirs resistance

ATLANTA - Public colleges created during segregation to provide blacks an education denied to them by white institutions are at the center of a budget battle brewing in Georgia.

December 31, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Fed slashes key rate to record low

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, urgently rewriting its playbook to fight a deepening recession, cut its benchmark interest rate to as low as zero Tuesday, a surprisingly strong step that should make it cheaper for Americans to borrow on credit cards and pay their mortgages.

December 31, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Police close ’81 Walsh killing case

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - In the end, there was no smoking gun, no new evidence, not even anyone police could charge. All they had was what was right in front of them the whole time.

December 31, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Detroit automakers await deal on auto loans

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - Detroit automakers got public reassurance Monday from President George W. Bush that short-term government help for the industry is in the works and could come soon.

December 30, 2008 | By JENNIFER LOVEN AP White House Correspondent | National

Gov. may allow special election for Senate seat

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Rod Blagojevich hasn't ruled out signing a bill creating a special election to fill President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat, his spokesman said Monday, the first hint the embattled governor may loosen his grip on the seat.

December 30, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER WILLS Associated Press Writer | National

Alleged Madoff fraud has worldwide exposure

NEW YORK - The list of investors who say they were duped in one of Wall Street's biggest pyramid scams is growing, snaring some of the world's biggest banking institutions and hedge funds, the super rich and the famous, pensioners and charities.

December 30, 2008 | By JOE BEL BRUNO and JANE WARDELL Associated Press Writer | National

As Christmas nears, expect more discounts

MILWAUKEE - The clock is winding down on what could be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in decades and recession-hit shoppers are finally starting to feel some pressure to spend.

December 30, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Fla teen’s last wish brings aid, hope to orphans

A year to the day after she buried her son, Joanie Halgrim rode in a minivan down a rocky dirt road not far from the airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Her stomach turned from the stench of rotting garbage and raw sewage mingling with exhaust fumes and the acrid smoke from sizzling meat peddled by street vendors.

December 25, 2008 | By MITCH STACY Associated Press Writer | National

Family born to be bright

ATHENS, Ga. - It took Stacy Fleming a week and a half, 33,000 individual lights, a second set of circuit breakers and an electrician's license to install the holiday light display outside his home at 220 Lost Tree Trail off Whit Davis Road.

December 25, 2008 | By MERRITT MELANCON Associated Press Writer | National

Rick Warren to headline King observance in Atlanta

ATLANTA - The Rev. Rick Warren, whose selection to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next month has drawn controversy, will be in the pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist Church to deliver the keynote address at the Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service.

December 23, 2008 | By ERRIN HAINES Associated Press Writer | National

Mentally ill and locked away for a long time

Some examples The Associated Press found of patients at psychiatric hospitals being held in seclusion for months or years at a time:

December 23, 2008 | The Associated Press Associated Press Writer | National

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