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Teacher strike deals blow to Puerto Rico’s struggling schools

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Empty classrooms, educators clashing with police, anxious students - a weeklong teachers strike in Puerto Rico is dealing a blow to a public school system already struggling to reach U.S. benchmarks and reduce the highest dropout rate in America.

March 13, 2008 | By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Winning parties press Musharraf to convene hostile new Parliament

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's election victors vowed Wednesday to drastically reduce the powers of President Pervez Musharraf - even if they lack the strength in the new Parliament to drive him out of office.

March 13, 2008 | By STEPHEN GRAHAM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Python stalked, then ate family dog in front of children in Australian tropics

BRISBANE, Australia - A 16-foot python stalked a family dog for days before swallowing the pet whole in front of horrified children in the Australian tropics, animal experts said Wednesday.

March 13, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Sudan urges Muslims to act against Denmark; thousands protest cartoon of Muhammad

KHARTOUM, Sudan - President Omar al-Bashir vowed on Wednesday to ban Danes from Sudan and called for a Muslim boycott of Denmark before a crowd of tens of thousands denouncing the country at a government-backed protest against a cartoon satirizing the Prophet Muhammad.

March 13, 2008 | By MOHAMED OSMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Annan suspends talks to end Kenya crisis, says he will speak to leaders

NAIROBI, Kenya - Mediator Kofi Annan suspended negotiations on Kenya's deadly postelection crisis and said Tuesday he would personally appeal for a power-sharing deal because talks were ''turning around in circles.''

March 12, 2008 | By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Convictions of 7 British Muslims exposes network of terror camps in rural England

LONDON - Clad in mud-smeared combat fatigues, the young Muslims trained on picturesque British farmland, hurling imaginary grenades, wielding sticks as mock rifles and chopping watermelons in simulated beheadings.

March 12, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


United States reports disquiet over preparations for Zimbabwe elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe - U.S. officials said Tuesday that Washington was concerned over ''ominous signs'' Zimbabwe was unprepared to hold free and fair elections next month.

March 12, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraq denounces Turkish incursion and demands immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government demanded for the first time that Turkey immediately withdraw from northern Iraq, warning Tuesday it feared an ongoing incursion could lead to clashes with the official forces of the semiautonomous Kurdish region.

March 12, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


EU court: Only Parmesan from Italy’s Parma region is the real stuff

LUXEMBOURG - The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that only the tasty, crumbly cheese that has been made for some 800 years near the Italian city of Parma can legally be called Parmesan.

March 12, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


As Olympics near, US sees China playing more positive role in global affairs

BEIJING - China is reaching out for a greater role in global affairs and opening up at home, too - at least a little - as the once-reclusive Communist giant gets ready for this summer's Olympic Games.

March 12, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Kenyan graffiti artist tries for peace with a paintbrush

NAIROBI, Kenya - Peace graffiti has taken over Nairobi's battered Kibera slum.

March 12, 2008 | By HEIDI VOGT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Al-Qaida suspect arrested over October assassination attempt on Bhutto that killed 150

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan has arrested a suspected al-Qaida militant who slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto named before her death as one of those involved in an attempt on her life in October, a senior government official said Tuesday.

March 12, 2008 | By SADAQAT JAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Islamic insurgency in southern Thailand intensifies as ’hearts and minds’ approach fails

RAE POH, Thailand - The tea shop is abandoned. Rubber plantations stand untended. Soldiers constantly patrol the one-lane road leading into this Muslim village.

March 09, 2008 | By AMBIKA AHUJA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fate of ousted chief justice hangs over Musharraf, Pakistan election winners

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Days after opposition parties triumphed in elections, lawyers chanting for President Pervez Musharraf's resignation were tugging at the barricades around the home of the judge whose ouster and house arrest helped trigger Pakistan's political crisis.

March 09, 2008 | By STEPHEN GRAHAM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


New attacks hit US-protected Green Zone in Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD - Rockets or mortars hit the U.S.-protected Green Zone early Saturday, just a day after powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army militia to extend its cease-fire by another six months.

March 09, 2008 | By JOHN AFFLECK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany - Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

March 26, 2015 | By DAVID McHUGH | Associated Press


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


As patients face death, doctors push for straight talk on desired end-of-life care

WASHINGTON - Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later.

March 23, 2015 | | Associated Press


Cruz is first one in for GOP

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.

March 23, 2015 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

WASHINGTON - Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana.

March 21, 2015 | By EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Convicted in girl's running death, grandma faces death

GADSDEN, Ala. - Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.

March 21, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

IOTO, Japan - Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.

March 21, 2015 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press | Associated Press


States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

WASHINGTON - New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

March 20, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Public unaware health law in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case.

March 19, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Little change in desire for action on inequality

DENVER - Interest in income inequality is all the rage in public debate nowadays, with political figures from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the left to Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on the right decrying the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else.

March 19, 2015 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Can of Coke a healthy snack?

NEW YORK - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer | Associated Press


Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan - Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.

March 16, 2015 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer | Associated Press


Prosecutor: 20-year-old charged in shootings of 2 officers

CLAYTON, Mo. - The 20-year-old man charged in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers had been at the protest outside of the Ferguson Police Department earlier that night, authorities said Sunday.

March 15, 2015 | By JIM SALTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

March 15, 2015 | By NICK PERRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Police, other groups try to tamp down tensions in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest.

March 12, 2015 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Associated Press


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