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No. 2 commander of Colombia’s guerrillas killed in combat, government says

BOGOTA, Colombia - Security forces killed the No. 2 commander of Colombia's main guerrilla group in combat Saturday, dealing what the government called the biggest blow to the leftist force since its formation.

March 16, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Prince Harry returns to UK, relieved father and brother, after 10-week Afghan deployment

LONDON - Prince Harry returned home to his relieved father and older brother Saturday after a 10-week Afghan tour of duty that security officials fear could now make him a top target for extremists.

March 16, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Ahmadinejad’s trip to Iraq highlights Iran’s rising influence in the neighboring country

BAGHDAD - President Bush's last trip to Iraq was kept secret until he arrived at a U.S. military base. Eight hours later he left, after Iraq's leaders traveled to meet him there.

March 16, 2008 | By ANNA JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Defense chief says Prince Harry being withdrawn from Afghanistan for security reasons

LONDON - Britain's defense chief decided Friday to immediately pull Prince Harry out of Afghanistan after news of his deployment was leaked, citing concerns that media coverage could put him and his comrades at increased risk.

March 15, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide bomb at funeral kills 35, wounds 62 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber attacked the funeral for a slain police officer in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley, killing at least 35 people and wounding 62 others, police said.

March 15, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chaldean archbishop kidnapped in northern Iraq, provincial police say

BAGHDAD - Gunmen kidnapped a Chaldean Catholic archbishop Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police and the church said, in another attack targeting Iraq's small Christian community.

March 15, 2008 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Body of Katoucha Niane, former top model, found in the River Seine

PARIS - The body of Katoucha Niane, one of the first African women to attain international stardom as a model and a vocal opponent of female genital mutilation, was found in the Seine River, police said Friday.

March 15, 2008 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


China agrees to share military records with US on servicemen missing since Korean War

SHANGHAI, China - A window has opened for families of the 8,100 American servicemen missing since the Korean War, with China agreeing on Friday to allow access to sensitive military records - but only to Chinese researchers at first.

March 15, 2008 | By CARA ANNA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Investigative reporter banned from Russia spends third day in Moscow airport

MOSCOW - A Moldovan investigative reporter who has been banned from Russia since December spent a third day stuck inside a Moscow airport terminal Friday after flying in with her new Russian husband.

March 15, 2008 | By PETER LEONARD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan drops charges against US Marine who was accused of raping 14-year-old girl

TOKYO - A U.S. Marine who was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in southern Japan has been released after prosecutors dropped the charges at the teenager's request, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

March 15, 2008 | By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Two South African students involved in video apologize; black journalist assaulted

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Two white students behind a video in which five black university workers appear to be duped into eating food tainted with urine apologized and said they had been ''crucified as racists.''

March 15, 2008 | By CELEAN JACOBSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Kenya’s opposition leader confident power-sharing deal will succeed

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's opposition leader said Friday he expects a new power-sharing agreement to succeed, two months after a disputed presidential election set off violence that tarnished the country's reputation for stability.

March 15, 2008 | By MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


UK officials: Prince Harry serving on front line in Afghanistan

LONDON - Prince Harry has been serving on the front line in Afghanistan with the British Army, calling in airstrikes on Taliban positions and going out on foot patrols, the Ministry of Defense announced Thursday.

March 14, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel steps up pressure on Hamas, killing 18 Palestinians

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing 18 Palestinians - including five youths - in a fresh surge in fighting that threatened to provoke even harsher Israeli action.

March 14, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Julius Baer defends shutdown of whistle-blower site in dispute over leaked documents

GENEVA - The Swiss bank that won a court order shutting down a whistle-blower Web site said Thursday that it just wanted stolen and forged documents removed.

March 14, 2008 | By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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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


Mirror, mirror on the wall

NEW YORK - Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.

May 11, 2015 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer | Associated Press


Google: 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

The company says none of these minor collisions was caused by its cars and that it has avoided many major accidents over 1.7 million miles traveled, much of it with drivers just along for the ride.

May 11, 2015 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Associated Press


What time were you born?

NEW YORK - Taking mom out to lunch on Mother's Day is surprisingly appropriate: The noon hour is one of the most common times of day for babies to be born.

May 08, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


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