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Four years later, bird flu continues march across Asia; 100 dead in Indonesia, India at risk

HANOI, Vietnam - Fears of a global bird flu pandemic that once dominated headlines have largely vanished in the West, but four years after the virus began ravaging Asian poultry, it continues to quietly spread.

February 15, 2008 | By MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Colombia’s top cop seeks extradition of colonel sacked in corruption case

BOGOTA, Colombia - A police colonel sacked for abetting one of Colombia's most-wanted drug traffickers should be extradited to the United States as an example, the country's police chief told The Associated Press on Thursday.

February 15, 2008 | By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Senior al-Qaida commander al-Libi, 1 of U.S. most wanted, killed

CAIRO, Egypt - Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan who was blamed for bombing a base while Vice President Cheney was visiting last year, has been killed, according to a militant Web site.

February 15, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Back from Darfur, George Clooney takes on new role as UN messenger of peace

UNITED NATIONS - In his new role as U.N. messenger of peace, George Clooney was playing himself.

February 15, 2008 | By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Swiss experts say some HIV patients can have unprotected sex

GENEVA - Swiss AIDS experts said Thursday that some people with HIV who meet strict conditions and are under treatment can safely have unprotected sex with non-infected partners.

February 15, 2008 | By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan’s dolphin hunt sags under protests, concerns over mercury contamination

TAIJI, Japan - Every autumn and winter, hunters from this craggy Japanese fishing village corral thousands of dolphins into a tiny, isolated cove and kill them for meat and fertilizer, turning the water red with their blood.

February 14, 2008 | By JOSEPH COLEMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Probe concludes Israeli war in Lebanon ended without victory

JERUSALEM - The head of the panel investigating Israel's 2006 Lebanon conflict said Wednesday that the war ended without victory and the army did not provide an effective response to Hezbollah rocket fire.

February 14, 2008 | By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli court upholds cuts in fuel, electricity to Gaza

JERUSALEM - The Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the government's decision to slash fuel and electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip.

February 14, 2008 | By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Gunmen in Venezuelan bank standoff flee in ambulance with hostages

ALTAGRACIA DE ORITUCO, Venezuela - Gunmen who held more than 30 hostages inside a Venezuelan bank for over 24 hours negotiated their getaway in an ambulance Tuesday and sped off with five captives, leaving the others inside.

February 13, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Hundreds protest Pakistan’s support for U.S.; Missile kills suspected militants

MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan - Hundreds of students chanting ''Death to America'' protested Pakistan's support for the U.S.-led fight against terrorism, as the government said Tuesday that security forces would show ''no leniency'' in the conflict with Islamic militants.

February 13, 2008 | By BASHIRULLAH KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Winter storm causes more chaos in China, with bus crashes, blackouts, train delays

GUANGZHOU, China - Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers desperate to get home for the Chinese New Year shivered in the cold under a sea of umbrellas outside train stations Tuesday, as the worst winter storms in half a century paralyzed China.

February 13, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bill to end Islamic head scarf ban at Turkish universities raises secular fears

ANKARA, Turkey - A bill that would lift a decades-old ban on women wearing head scarves at universities was submitted to parliament on Tuesday, worrying secular Turks who fear the government is raising the profile of Islam.

February 13, 2008 | By SELCAN HACAOGLU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


In Germany, 75th anniversary of Hitler’s elevation to chancellor overlooked but not forgotten

BERLIN - The 75th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's elevation to German chancellor on Wednesday is one the country would prefer to forget, but the ignominious event that ultimately led to the deaths of millions remains part of the nation's weighted history.

February 13, 2008 | By DAVID RISING and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


At Davos, Japan and Denmark set climate goals, say US, China, India must be part of new treaty

DAVOS, Switzerland - The United States, China and India must be part of the follow-up treaty to the Kyoto Protocol and agree to cut carbon emissions, Denmark's prime minister said Saturday. Japan's leader offered them a bold strategy for doing it.

February 10, 2008 | By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER and MATT MOORE Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


Rogue French trader taken in for questioning in fraud probe at French bank Societe Generale

PARIS - A rogue trader who cost France's Societe Generale bank more than $7 billion by making bad stock market bets was taken into custody on Saturday for questioning, judicial officials said.

February 10, 2008 | Rogue French trader taken in for questioning in fraud probe at French bank Societe Generale Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Tens of thousands of people spent the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 1,500 across the region, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering a landslide on Mount Everest. Officials warned the death toll would rise as more reports came in from far-flung areas.

April 25, 2015 | By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and MUNEEZA NAQVI Associated Press | Associated Press


Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

HONOLULU - A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.

April 25, 2015 | By CATHY BUSSEWITZ Associated Press | Associated Press


Valdosta cancels classes ahead of flag support rally

VALDOSTA - Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism sparked a countermovement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday ahead of a rally that drew a large crowd to Valdosta.

April 24, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Sickness closes Laurens Co. schools

DUBLIN - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.

April 24, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Google to penalize non-mobile friendly sites

SAN FRANCISCO - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

April 20, 2015 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press | Associated Press


Man charged in 4 deaths driven by 'bloodlust,' document says

DECATUR - A man accused of killing three men as they slept outside and a woman walking to her car near Atlanta initially set out to rob people but was driven by a "bloodlust" after killing his first victim, according to a court filing.

April 20, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Civil War 'Silent Sentinels' still on guard in North, South

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered "Silent Sentinels" still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance.

April 20, 2015 | By CHRIS CAROLA Associated Press | Associated Press


Freedom comes in stages for Reagan shooter

The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.

April 19, 2015 | By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press | Associated Press


Oklahoma City Bombing: 20 years later

Editor's note: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil.

April 18, 2015 | By JUDY GIBBS Associated Press | Associated Press


Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Bible usually unites Republicans in conservative Tennessee, but lately it is proving to be - as an epistle writer put it - more powerful and sharper than a double-edged sword.

April 17, 2015 | By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II Associated Press | Associated Press


Cigarettes are so last year

NEW YORK - Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows.

April 16, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

DES MOINES, Iowa - For the better part of a century, submerged dams were workhorses of the American heartland, harnessing the power of rivers to run grain mills, generate electricity and keep lakes and ponds full of water as a hedge against drought.

April 15, 2015 | | Associated Press


Pew Research Center: Teens still use Facebook

NEW YORK - Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again.

April 14, 2015 | By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press | Associated Press


Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

ORLANDO, Fla. - For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill.

April 13, 2015 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Associated Press


5 Georgia counties no longer majority white

ATLANTA - Five Georgia counties - Chatham, Douglas, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale - have gone from being majority white to places where no single racial or ethnic group holds a majority, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

April 11, 2015 | | Associated Press


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