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Hamas says blast that killed 2 in Gaza was accident caused by mishandled explosives

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian militants accidentally set off a large blast at a Hamas training base in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing two members of the violent Islamic group and wounding another, a Palestinian medical official said.

April 04, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Cheney calls for continued NATO help in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday called the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan ''firm and unshakable'' and said members of NATO need to step up their commitment to help it continue to rebound from years of tyranny and war.

April 04, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Survivor of dramatic fall from bombed airliner uses celebrity to campaign for reform in Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia - On the list of famous Serbs, there are soccer stars, tennis champions and notorious politicians. And there's Vesna Vulovic.

April 04, 2008 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


China sends 80 truckloads of troop reinforcements toward Tibet

BEIJING - China sent additional troops into restive areas and made more arrests in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in an effort to suppress anti-government protests even as the Dalai Lama offered face-to-face negotiations with Chinese leaders.

April 04, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pop song, billboards seek to overcome fear of census after decades of war in Liberia

SELEGA, Liberia - The deep distrust of government created by years of war is evident in Liberian villages like this one, where people don't understand why census workers have been chalking numbers on every house, lean-to, hut and shack.

April 04, 2008 | By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Associated Press


Even Palestinians’ beloved keffiyeh feels the heat of Chinese imports

HEBRON, West Bank - Yasser Herbawi once supplied much of the West Bank and Gaza with black-and-white checkered scarves, the proud emblem of Palestinian identity made famous by the late Yasser Arafat.

April 03, 2008 | By KARIN LAUB and DALIA NAMMARI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


France’s Sarkozy drops legal complaint over article about his love life

PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has dropped his legal case against a magazine that claimed he tried to win back his ex-wife while planning for his February wedding, the leader's new bride said.

April 03, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Bad day for British tabloids as parents of missing Madeleine accept apology, libel damages

LONDON - For British tabloid editors, sorry always seems to be the hardest word.

April 03, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bin Laden criticizes Europe for publication of prophet drawings, vows strong reaction

CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden criticized the publication of drawings insulting to the Prophet Muhammad in a new audio message posted late Wednesday and warned Europeans of a strong reaction to come.

April 03, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel bars access from West Bank and Gaza, beefs up security against attacks on Purim holiday

JERUSALEM - Israel declared a heightened security alert Wednesday and barred Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip from entering the country, fearing Hezbollah guerrillas might try to carry out a major attack during holiday celebrations this week.

April 03, 2008 | By LAURIE COPANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US Marines start deploying in southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Some of the 3,200 U.S. Marines slated for a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan's volatile south have begun arriving at the region's largest base following a call from Canada for more troops there.

April 02, 2008 | By FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


A380, world’s biggest passenger jet, completes commercial flight from Singapore to London

LONDON - A Singapore Airlines A380 touched down at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday afternoon, completing the first commercial flight to Europe by the world's largest passenger jet.

April 02, 2008 | By RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Foreign charities hunker down in Pakistan after Islamic extremists target quake aid group

MANSEHRA, Pakistan - Long-haired gunmen burst into the white stone building and killed four charity workers helping earthquake victims, then wrecked the office with grenades and set it on fire. Police came, but did not intervene.

April 02, 2008 | By KATHY GANNON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


NATO says bombing in Afghanistan kills 12 insurgents, denies accusations of civilian deaths

KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO said Tuesday that it killed about 12 insurgents in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan, denying accusations from two Afghan lawmakers that civilians were among the dead.

April 02, 2008 | By FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Sunnis boycott as Iraqi prime minister opens national reconciliation conference

BAGHDAD - Iraq's main Sunni bloc boycotted a conference Tuesday aimed at reconciling the nation's sectarian groups, a sign of the deep schisms still facing this country.

April 02, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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John Jay: The forgotten founder

KATONAH, N.Y. - The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember - Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison.

July 03, 2015 | By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer | Associated Press


How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration.

July 02, 2015 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


US unemployment falls to 7-year low

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

July 02, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


US probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

July 01, 2015 | | Associated Press


A new 'New South'?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply the work of frightened politicians and nervous corporate bean counters scrambling for cover in the wake of another white-on-black atrocity?

June 29, 2015 | By ALLEN G. BREED and JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


A first: New guidelines endorse device to treat strokes

Many stroke patients have a new treatment option - if they seek help fast enough to get it. New guidelines endorse using a removable stent to open clogged arteries causing a stroke.

June 29, 2015 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | Associated Press


Recent spike in shark attacks reported off Carolinas coast

Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water.

June 29, 2015 | By BROCK VERGAKIS Associated Press | Associated Press


Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

WASHINGTON - Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

June 29, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Same-sex marriage legalized across the US

WASHINGTON - Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

June 26, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. stops issuing license plates featuring Confederate flag

ATLANTA - Georgia has stopped issuing a specialty license plate featuring two Confederate battle flags, and a top official in Gov. Nathan Deal's administration has ordered that changes be made to the design.

June 26, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


New era in police recruitment

They poach officers from nearby police departments. They entice recruits by playing up the drama and heroism of policing through video close-ups of flashing lights and holstered guns. They wrestle with how to offer better pay.

June 24, 2015 | | Associated Press


Church shooting site re-opens

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Parishioners were let into the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Saturday, getting a first-hand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain.

June 20, 2015 | By JEFFREY COLLINS and EMILY MASTERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

CHARLESTON, S.C. - They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."

June 19, 2015 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Associated Press


Congressional GOP plans to continue health law subsidies

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans will move to temporarily continue health care subsidies for millions of people if the Supreme Court overturns the aid, according to plans discussed Wednesday in the House and Senate.

June 17, 2015 | By ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Associated Press


N.C. beachgoers lose limbs in shark attacks

OAK ISLAND, N.C. - Beachgoers cautiously returned to the ocean Monday after two young people lost limbs in separate, life-threatening shark attacks in the same town in North Carolina.

June 15, 2015 | By EMERY P. DALESIO and EMILY MASTERS Associated Press | Associated Press


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