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Pentagon chief says Europe’s reluctant to fight in Afghanistan is linked to Iraq

MUNICH, Germany - Lingering anger in Europe over the U.S. invasion of Iraq explains why some allies are reluctant to heed U.S. calls for more combat troops in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday. It was his first public acknowledgment of such a link to the Iraq war.

February 23, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Venezuela oil minister denies $12 billion frozen in Exxon Mobil court orders

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's top oil official on Friday accused Exxon Mobil Corp. of ''judicial terrorism'' and said court orders won by the oil major do not amount to confiscation of more than $12 billion in assets.

February 23, 2008 | By FABIOLA SANCHEZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


India seeks extradition after alleged mastermind of organ transplant operation arrested

NEW DELHI, India - The Indian government said Friday it is seeking the extradition of a man accused of heading an organ transplant ring that illegally removed hundreds of kidneys, sometimes from unwilling donors held at gunpoint.

February 23, 2008 | By MUNEEZA NAQVI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US threatens to bar visits by Kenyan politicians and businessmen linked to election violence

NAIROBI, Kenya - Washington is wielding a visa weapon against prominent Kenyans who have allegedly encouraged weeks of postelection bloodshed, threatening to bar politicians and businessmen from visiting the U.S., America's ambassador said Thursday.

February 22, 2008 | By MATTHEW ROSENBERG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Turkey’s parliament votes to lift Islamic head scarf ban at universities

ANKARA, Turkey - Lawmakers voted early Thursday to approve a constitutional amendment allowing female students to enter universities wearing Islamic head scarves - a move that many secular Turks view as an attempt to impose religion on their daily lives.

February 22, 2008 | By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pro-Musharraf party hit by defections ahead of Pakistan elections

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A wave of defections from Pakistan's ruling party ahead of parliamentary elections is compounding the woes of Pervez Musharraf at a time of rampant Islamic militancy, soaring food prices and anger over the U.S.-backed president's maneuvering to prolong his eight years in power.

February 22, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


‘Enlightened conservative’ bishop elected as new leader for Greece’s Orthodox Church

ATHENS, Greece - A low-key bishop described as an ''enlightened conservative'' was chosen by senior clergy Thursday to lead Greece's powerful Orthodox Church.

February 22, 2008 | By DEREK GATOPOUOLOS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Young Chinese workers stranded by snow happy to be away from home for the holidays

SHENZHEN, China - Xiao Wang works in a massive factory in southern China that makes Apple iPods. But lately, he's been spending his time preparing for the Lunar New Year, cooking feasts with fatty slices of pork carved from a pig's head.

February 22, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chad’s capital quieter but rebels threaten new assault; France ready to intervene if needed

N'DJAMENA, ChaD - Chad's capital was mostly quiet Tuesday but rebels seeking to oust the president kept to the fringes of the city and threatened a fresh attack. France said it was prepared to intervene militarily to help the government repel the assault if necessary.

February 21, 2008 | By TOM MALITI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel on high alert after suicide bombing in Dimona

JERUSALEM - Israeli security forces were on high alert Tuesday, sending beefed-up patrols to public areas such as shopping malls, bus stations and train depots a day after the first Palestinian suicide attack in more than a year.

February 21, 2008 | By AMY TEIBEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US faces fresh claims of civilian deaths in Iraq; Military says insurgents among dead

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military faced complaints Tuesday from its Sunni allies over claims that more civilians had been killed by American forces - amplifying tensions as the Pentagon tries to calm anger over an airstrike last week that claimed innocent lives.

February 21, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Gay marriage? Unrestricted travel? Cubans are increasingly speaking their minds

HAVANA - Taking up Raul Castro's invitation to speak their minds without fear of reprisal, more Cubans have begun publicly complaining and challenging government policies on everything from limits on Internet access to travel restrictions.

February 21, 2008 | By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Military: al-Qaida videos shows boys in training as Iraqi insurgency’s ‘new generation’

BAGHDAD - Boys in soccer jerseys don black masks and grab weapons. They scramble over mud-brick walls, blast down doors and hold guns to the heads of residents inside.

February 21, 2008 | By LAUREN FRAYER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Neo-Nazi graffiti found on building where 9 people died in a fire

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany - Neo-Nazi graffiti was found scrawled on the entrance to a Turkish cultural center at a building where nine people - including five children - were killed in a fire, police said Wednesday.

February 21, 2008 | By GUIDO RIJKHOEK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Taliban militants in Pakistan declare cease-fire

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Taliban militants declared a cease-fire Wednesday in fighting with Pakistani forces, and the government said it was preparing for peace talks with al-Qaida-linked extremists in the lawless tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.

February 21, 2008 | By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD and ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

LOS ANGELES - In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel.

February 27, 2015 | By LYNN ELBER Associated Press | Associated Press


Federal regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press | Associated Press


No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

SAVANNAH - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

February 25, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays woman's execution

ATLANTA - The state of Georgia on Wednesday delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate, ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit many areas with several inches of snow.

February 25, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Snow falls in the South as another storm hits region

Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week.

February 25, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. set to execute only female death row inmate this week

ATLANTA - The daughter of the lone woman on Georgia's death row is asking the state parole board to grant her mother life in prison instead of the death penalty for plotting to have her father killed - even though she says her dad's death was "the most painful experience of my life."

February 23, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Rural health panel backs changes at struggling Georgia hospitals

ATLANTA - A panel studying Georgia's rural health issues on Monday recommended a pilot program pairing four hospitals with other providers in their area, creating a "hub and spoke" model aimed at cutting down on expensive emergency room visits to struggling hospitals.

February 23, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter's running death

GADSDEN, Ala. - A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell," a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy.

February 22, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia House passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA - A bill to raise the age that children must reach before entering kindergarten in Georgia passed the state House on Thursday but appears to face an uncertain future in the Senate.

February 19, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia health exchange enrollment soars past half a million

Powered by a late surge, Georgia's enrollment in the 2015 health insurance exchange easily surpassed the half-million mark.

February 19, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.

February 19, 2015 | By ANNE INNOCENZIO Associated Press | Associated Press


Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

NEW YORK - A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.

February 18, 2015 | By BEN WALKER AP Sports Writer | Associated Press


W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. - The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires - leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be prohibitively costly.

February 17, 2015 | JOHN RABY and JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press | Associated Press


From the Gulf to New England, cold grips the US

DURHAM, N.C. - A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the South.

February 17, 2015 | By JONATHAN DREW and MEREDITH SOMERS Associated Press | Associated Press


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