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Massive explosion at Albanian army depot kills 5, injures 243

TIRANA, Albania - A massive explosion at an Albanian army ammunition dump on Saturday killed at least five people and injured 243, including many children, authorities said.

March 30, 2008 | By LAZAR SEMINI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


China gambles that Tibet crackdown won't bring Olympic boycott

BEIJING - Soldiers on foot and in armored carriers swarmed Tibet's capital Saturday, enforcing a strict curfew a day after protesters burned shops and cars to vent their anger against Chinese rule. In another western city, police clashed with hundreds of Buddhist monks leading a sympathy demonstration.

March 30, 2008 | By AUDRA ANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Abbas urges Israel to end aggression, seeks support for Palestinians at Islamic summit

DAKAR, Senegal - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to end its aggression in Gaza and the West Bank and appealed for support from Muslim nations during a ''difficult junction'' in the Mideast peace process.

March 28, 2008 | By HEIDI VOGT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Gaza rocket squads barrage Israel after Israeli troops kill 4 West Bank militants

JERUSALEM - Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza fired more than a dozen rockets at southern Israel early Thursday after Israeli undercover forces killed one of its West Bank leaders, shattering a recent lull in Gaza fighting.

March 28, 2008 | By AMY TEIBEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Body of Christian clergyman found in Iraq; parked car bomb kills 18in central Baghdad

BAGHDAD - The body of a Christian archbishop kidnapped last month was found in northern Iraq Thursday while in Baghdad, a car bomb exploded and killed 18 people.

March 28, 2008 | By RYAN LENZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Cross-border fire from US-led coalition in Afghanistan kills 4 Pakistani civilians

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan fired across the border into Pakistan, targeting what they said were militants associated with the Taliban's most dangerous commander. The Pakistani army said four civilians were inadvertently killed in the incident.

March 28, 2008 | By SADAQAT JAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Tibetan exiles arrested for marching in protest begin hunger strike

DEHRA, India - More than 100 Tibetan exiles began a hunger strike Thursday after police in northern India dragged them away from a six-month march to their homeland to protest China's hosting of the Olympic Games.

March 28, 2008 | By ASHWINI BHATIA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Scientist: Hong Kong flu virus not deadlier than past viruses

HONG KONG - A top Hong Kong scientist said Thursday a flu outbreak that prompted authorities to keep more than 500,000 primary and kindergarten students home wasn't deadlier than past viruses.

March 28, 2008 | By DIKKY SINN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Lawyers for Canadian terror suspect say US military commander altered evidence

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A U.S. military commander altered a report on a firefight in Afghanistan to cast blame for the death of a Delta Force commando on a Canadian youth who was captured after the shooting stopped, a defense attorney said Thursday.

March 28, 2008 | By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rice toughens anti-Chavez talk, urges nations to keep terrorists out

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday urged nations such as Venezuela to meet their U.N. obligations and keep terrorists out of their territories.

March 28, 2008 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


China report attacks US human rights record as ‘‘tattered and shocking’’

BEIJING - China lashed out Thursday at a U.S. report critical of its human rights record, accusing Washington of causing the modern world's ''biggest human rights tragedy'' in Iraq and of hypocrisy for passing judgment on other nations.

March 28, 2008 | By TINI TRAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


In Belgium, refusing polio vaccine for children can mean parents serve jail time

LONDON - As doctors struggle to eradicate polio worldwide, one of their biggest problems is persuading parents to vaccinate their children. In Belgium, authorities are resorting to an extreme measure: prison sentences.

March 27, 2008 | By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Hong Kong closes all kindergartens, primary schools for 500,000 youngsters amid flu outbreak

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's government ordered Wednesday that all kindergartens and primary schools be closed for two weeks amid a flu outbreak, shutting down classes for more than a half million students.

March 27, 2008 | By MIN LEE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Hamas sets terms for cease-fire with Israel but West Bank attack could cloud prospects

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Hamas prime minister called publicly Wednesday for a period of calm with Israel, laying out conditions that would end attacks on Palestinian militants, open Gaza's borders and lift economic sanctions.

March 27, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Khomeini granddaughter says reformist ex-president Khatami only hope against Iran hard-liners

TEHRAN, Iran - She is a granddaughter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the 1979 Islamic revolution, but Zahra Eshraghi has long been a leader of reformers seeking to liberalize Iran.

March 27, 2008 | By LEE KEATH and ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with climate change

WASHINGTON - Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.

May 25, 2015 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Associated Press


Scientists peek into healthy brains to look for clues about Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON - Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

May 25, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


'It's a debt we can never fully repay'

ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay" them for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.

May 25, 2015 | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press | Associated Press


Annual Rolling Thunder 'Ride for Freedom' honors veterans

WASHINGTON - The roar of motorcycle engines filled the air in the nation's capital on Sunday as thousands of bikers saluted military veterans with the Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom."

May 24, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Carter says Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after Ramadi

WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama administration official of Iraqi fighters and the loss of the provincial capital

May 24, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.

May 22, 2015 | By HENRY C. JACKSON and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Associated Press


Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

May 22, 2015 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer | Associated Press


Waco shootout puts spotlight on motorcycle club culture

Former undercover agent Jay Dobyns says people can be forgiven for thinking Sunday's biker bloodbath in Waco, Texas, was a throwback to a bad 1970s movie.

May 18, 2015 | By ALLEN G. BREED AP National Writer | Associated Press


Police: 9 dead in shooting all members of rival biker gangs

WACO, Texas - A shootout among rival biker gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine people dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press | Associated Press


Survey: School bullying at lowest ebb in 10 years

WASHINGTON - Nearly 1 in 4 surveyed U.S. students say they have been bullied in school. That's an improvement, but the prevalence reinforces just how difficult the problem is to solve.

May 15, 2015 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING AP Education Writer | Associated Press


Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

BOSTON - A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a "kid" who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother.

May 15, 2015 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Associated Press


'King of the Blues' legend B.B. King dead at age 89

LAS VEGAS - B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He as 89.

May 15, 2015 | | Associated Press


Gas prices still look low for summer

NEW YORK - Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.

May 13, 2015 | By JONATHAN FAHEY Associated Press | Associated Press


Amtrak train derails killing 6 people; investigation begins

PHILADELPHIA - Daylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, several critically, as survivors recalled a terrifying wreck that plunged them into darkness and chaos.

May 13, 2015 | By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press | Associated Press


Man arrested after smashing window, saving dog from hot car

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia state law allows an individual to break a car window to save a child in distress, but the same protection does not apply when a pet's life is at stake, as one man has quickly found out.

May 12, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


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