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French court orders trader in Societe General scandal behind bars

PARIS - A French trader was ordered into custody Friday while investigations continue into the billions in losses he allegedly caused at Societe Generale bank.

February 23, 2008 | By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Benazir Bhutto’s party rejects British finding on cause of her death

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto's supporters disputed a Scotland Yard finding Friday that a bomb not a bullet killed the ex-prime minister, and her party renewed its call for a full-scale international investigation into her death.

February 23, 2008 | By ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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


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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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