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Top Shiite politician praises contribution of US-backed Sunni groups

BAGHDAD - A top Shiite politician on Thursday acknowledged the contribution of U.S.-backed Sunni Arab groups to the decline in violence across Iraq and called for their use in the continuing fight against al-Qaida.

January 18, 2008 | By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pakistani president says uncertainty remains over cause of Bhutto’s death

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf said Thursday that uncertainty remained about the exact cause of Benazir Bhutto's death, despite an initial government report that she was killed when a bomb blast slammed her head into her vehicle.

January 18, 2008 | By SADAQAT JAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iran’s supreme leader says diplomatic relations with US could be restored but time isn’t right

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader said Thursday that he was willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States but doing so now would make his country more vulnerable to U.S. espionage.

January 18, 2008 | By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Heavy snow paralyzes parts of Bulgaria, Romania; 3 dead as ship sinks in rough seas

SOFIA, Bulgaria - A bitterly cold winter storm pummeled parts of Europe on Thursday, killing at least three sailors when a ship sank in rough seas, and piling up snow that stranded thousands at airports, on mountain roads and in remote villages.

January 18, 2008 | By VESELIN TOSHKOV Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


5 killed, 68 wounded by car bomb in southeastern Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey - A car bomb targeting soldiers killed five people and wounded 68 - including 30 troops - on Thursday in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, officials said.

January 18, 2008 | By SELCAN HACAOGLU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Scotland Yard will help Pakistan investigate Bhutto’s assassination

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf announced Wednesday that Scotland Yard will help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and authorities pushed back elections until Feb. 18 - a delay prompted by the rioting that followed her death.

January 17, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


New program aims to give Iraqis jobs — and keep them away from militias

HUDA, Iraq - Children skip across a stream of raw sewage on a side road, trash piles up in a dusty lot and there are few desks - and even fewer chairs - in the village school's dark, cold classrooms.

January 17, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


International pressure mounts for Kenya to end violence; at least 300 dead

NAIROBI, Kenya - International pressure mounted on Kenya's leaders Wednesday to end postelection violence that has killed more than 300 people, including dozens burned alive as they sought refuge in a church.

January 17, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Smoking ban is a breath of fresh air in the cafes of France

PARIS - What's that nice smell? For drinkers and diners in France on Wednesday, the answer was fresh air.

January 17, 2008 | By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Car bomb explodes near police station in Algeria, killing 4 officers

ALGIERS, Algeria - A car bomb exploded near a police station in a town east of the Algerian capital Wednesday, killing at least four officers and ripping off the building's facade, witnesses said. An Arab broadcaster reported that an al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

January 17, 2008 | By HASSANE MEFTAHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Stranded Palestinian pilgrims return to Gaza, ending 5-day standoff

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egypt allowed more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims to enter the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, drawing a fierce rebuke from Israel, which had tried to prevent top members of the militant Hamas from returning home.

January 17, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US general expects record poppy crop in Afghanistan, promises to step up anti-drug effort

KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. general in charge of NATO's Afghanistan mission said Wednesday he expects another year of ''explosive growth'' in the country's poppy fields, a harvest militants will turn into weapons for use against Afghan and NATO troops.

January 17, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US diplomat, Sudanese driver killed in shooting in Khartoum

KHARTOUM, Sudan - An American diplomat and his driver were shot to death Tuesday in the Sudanese capital, the U.S. Embassy said, a day after a joint African Union-United Nations force took over peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur region.

January 16, 2008 | By MOHAMED OSMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


A ramshackle oil town is potential flashpoint in Sudan’s north-south peace

ABYEI, Sudan - This ramshackle town of mud huts and dirt roads is swarming with returning African refugees, Arab militiamen and rival troops from north and south Sudan - all eyeing each other in fear of a spark that could detonate the volatile mix.

January 16, 2008 | By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli defense minister: West Bank roadblocks to remain in place despite objections

JERUSALEM - Israel's network of roadblocks will remain in place across the West Bank, the defense minister said Tuesday, sparking an outcry from Palestinians who say they cannot rebuild their economy until people and goods move freely.

January 16, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE | Associated Press


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Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen

That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

December 19, 2014 | By JAKE COYLE Associated Press | Associated Press


How high court rules on ACA will affect many Georgians

Georgia would have the fourth-highest number of people affected if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the current implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a study has found.

December 18, 2014 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


How Pope Francis’ diplomacy may change everything, not just US-Cuba relations

Pope Francis is being hailed around the world - and criticized by some in the U.S. - for his pivotal role in brokering the historic breakthrough in relations between Washington and Havana, a role attributed to his background as the first Latin American pope and to the special position he occupies.

December 18, 2014 | By DAVID GIBSON Religion News Service | Associated Press


Paul McCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrow

NEW YORK - Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away.

December 18, 2014 | By HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Associated Press


AP study: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE, Montana - At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

December 18, 2014 | By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKE Associated Press | Associated Press


Drones might help show how tornados form

DENVER - Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.

December 18, 2014 | By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press | Associated Press


Watchdog: 1-year delay possible at Ga. nuke plant

ATLANTA - Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

December 16, 2014 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.

December 16, 2014 | By RIAZ KAHN Associated Press | Associated Press


Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

December 16, 2014 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press | Associated Press


Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

WASHINGTON - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.

December 16, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press | Associated Press


'Gone with the Wind' premiere sparked tension

ATLANTA - Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie "Gone with the Wind," research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.

December 15, 2014 | By JOHNNY CLARK Associated Press | Associated Press


Budget bill passed by Congress has $1.5M for Savannah harbor

SAVANNAH - A $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by Congress includes a small amount of money to help begin deepening the Port of Savannah's shipping channel, and Georgia officials said they're confident more federal funding will follow once the $706 million project gets underway.

December 15, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

PENNSBURG, Pa. - A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large, and prosecutors said investigators didn't know where he was or how he was getting around.

December 15, 2014 | By SEAN CARLIN and MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press | Associated Press


Sydney cafe siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

SYDNEY - The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. It ended 16 hours later in a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the Iranian-born gunman dead, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core.

December 15, 2014 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press | Associated Press


Girlfriend: Auburn player in argument before shooting

AUBURN, Ala. - The girlfriend of a slain Auburn football player said he was arguing with a man at a party when a third man pulled a handgun and opened fire.

December 14, 2014 | By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press | Associated Press


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