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Pelosi says Republicans ‘like’ the Iraq war, will pay a price

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Republicans on Thursday, saying they want the Iraq war to drag on and are ignoring the public's priorities.

December 28, 2007 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | National


Mother of Omaha mall shooter apologizes for her son’s actions and says ’I did my best’

OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall last week apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.

December 28, 2007 | By JOSH FUNK Associated Press Writer | National


With death penalty in legal limbo, the consequences of abolition come into focus

NEW YORK - More than at any time over the past 30 years, the future of capital punishment is in limbo.

December 28, 2007 | By DAVID CRARY Associated Press Writer | National


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to pay $20M in corruption probe; no prosecution

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will pay $20 million but avoid criminal charges following a federal investigation into improper lobbying of stage legislators by its executives.

December 28, 2007 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Writer | National


12-7 vote sends contempt citations against Rove, Bolten to full Senate

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.

December 28, 2007 | By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer | National


1 suspect arrested in Denver in Las Vegas school bus stop shooting that injured 6 people

LAS VEGAS - An 18-year-old man was arrested in a shooting at a school bus stop that wounded six young people, police said, and authorities were searching Thursday for a second suspect.

December 28, 2007 | By KEN RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Winter storm hits Northeast after leaving the Plains and Midwest in the dark

COLUMBIA, Conn. - A deadly winter storm brought snow and sleet to the Northeast on Thursday, while crews in the Plains and Midwest worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark in its ice-coated wake.

December 28, 2007 | By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press Writer | National


Merck makes third try for over-the-counter cholesterol drug

WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is making a third try to sell the granddaddy of the famed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs without a prescription.

December 28, 2007 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | National


House OKs bill banning CIA waterboarding, harsh interrogations; White House threatens veto

WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that bans the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods.

December 28, 2007 | By PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer | National


Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo or take gentler versions, studies suggest

SAN ANTONIO - Thousands of breast cancer patients each year could be spared chemotherapy or get gentler versions of it without harming their odds of beating the disease, new research suggests.

December 28, 2007 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Medical Writer | National


Mortgage rates climb, disappointing would-be home buyers

WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates, which had been sliding, went up this week, disappointing news to would-be home buyers.

December 28, 2007 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | National


Poll: Most Hispanics say they’ve been hurt by immigration debate, fallout

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Hispanics say the immigration debate and Congress' failure to overhaul immigration laws has hurt them, and many fear deportation for themselves, a relative or close friend, a poll showed Thursday.

December 28, 2007 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press Writer | National


US lawmaker says North Korean nuclear cooperation with Syria probably not occurring now

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials on Wednesday suggested that any past nuclear cooperation between North Korea and Syria would not scuttle nuclear disarmament talks with Pyongyang, provided the Asian country proves no cooperation is happening now.

December 27, 2007 | By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press Writer | National


Oregon crews clear mudslide and wreckage but highway still blocked by water

PORTLAND, Ore. - A highway blocked by a landslide had been cleared of a soupy mixture of gravel, mud and trees Wednesday but it remained closed because water was still rushing across the pavement.

December 27, 2007 | The Associated Press | National


Car bomb kills senior army general in tense Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A car bomb attack killed one of Lebanon's top generals and his driver on Wednesday, putting even more pressure on the country's delicate political situation.

December 27, 2007 | By SAM F. GHATTAS Associated Press Writer | National


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