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One man dreams of an empire, built on wreckage of India’s chaotic public universities

EDITOR'S NOTE - It's one of the fundamental challenges for colleges in the 21st century: How to make higher education serve a growing population without compromising quality. In India, where the economy is growing quickly but the public university system is on the verge of chaos, one man thinks he's found the answer. This story is another in an occasional series.

January 06, 2008 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | World


Japan to drop humpback whale hunt in seas off Antarctica

TOKYO - Japan is dropping its plan to kill humpback whales in the seas off Antarctica, the country's top government spokesman said Friday.

January 05, 2008 | By CARL FREIRE Associated Press Writer | World


In Europe’s east, a long frontier opens wide as EU sheds border checks

ZITTAU, Germany - European leaders celebrated Friday as the borders of nine countries along a Cold War frontier melted away, allowing a huge expansion to the EU's passport-free travel zone.

January 05, 2008 | By HOLGER MEHLIG Associated Press Writer | World


Iraqi Shiite leader says armed ’awakening’ groups should not replace government forces

BAGHDAD - The leader of the largest Shiite political party in Iraq told about 5,000 faithful who gathered Friday for Eid al-Adha prayers that U.S.-backed anti-al-Qaida armed groups - mostly comprised of Sunnis - should be on the side of government forces and not try to replace them.

January 05, 2008 | By HAMID AHMED Associated Press Writer | World


China inaugurates homegrown regional passenger jet; maiden flight set for March

SHANGHAI, China - China's first fully homegrown commercial aircraft rolled off the production line Friday, marking a potential milestone for the country's aviation program.

January 05, 2008 | By ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer | World


Hezbollah criticizes Bush comments, says Lebanon won’t obey his ’orders’

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The militant Hezbollah group denounced President Bush on Friday for urging Lebanon's anti-Syrian lawmakers to push through their own choice for president if necessary to resolve a long political deadlock.

January 05, 2008 | By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer | World


Belgium arrests 14 Muslim extremists for allegedly plotting to free al-Qaida sympathizer

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian police Friday arrested 14 Muslim extremists suspected of planning the jailbreak of an al-Qaida prisoner convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. air base personnel, officials said.

January 05, 2008 | By RAF CASERT Associated Press Writer | World


Police: Suicide attack kills at least 50 at compound of Pakistan’s former interior minister

SHERPAO, Pakistan - A suicide attacker detonated a bomb packed with ball bearings and nails amid hundreds of worshippers Friday at the residential compound of a former top security official for President Pervez Musharraf, killing at least 50 people, authorities said.

January 05, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


Mbeki not stepping down as South African president, despite defeat in party vote

PRETORIA, South Africa - President Thabo Mbeki, humiliated by losing the contest to lead the country's ruling party, on Friday ruled out the possibility of early elections and said it would be business as usual for his government.

January 05, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | World


Israel examining Hamas truce proposal delivered by Egypt

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel is examining a Hamas truce proposal delivered by Egypt, defense officials said Thursday after at least six Palestinians were killed in a day of Israeli air and ground strikes aimed at stopping rocket salvos from Gaza.

January 04, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer | World


Zimbabwe strains under hyperinflation; lines form outside banks for new 750,000 dollar note

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's central bank unveiled new currency notes Thursday with denominations as high as 750,000 dollars as the government tries to ease chronic shortages of cash in a hyperinflationary economy.

January 04, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | World


Performing the hajj is the Muslim faithful’s ultimate dream

MINA, Saudi Arabia - The 60-year-old Egyptian farmer spent years scraping together $11,000 to bring his wife and son here to perform Islam's hajj pilgrimage.

January 04, 2008 | By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI Associated Press Writer | World


Strong quake rattles northern New Zealand, collapsing older buildings; minor injuries reported

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A strong earthquake struck New Zealand on Thursday night, collapsing at least three older buildings in one coastal city on North Island, sparking small fires and forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency there.

January 04, 2008 | By RAY LILLEY Associated Press Writer | World


Queen Elizabeth II reaches milestone as oldest British monarch

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's oldest-ever monarch Thursday, reaching a new milestone in a job she has held for more than a half century - one that comes with luxurious accommodation, long hours and little chance of retirement.

January 04, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | World


Holloway suspect referred to her death in Internet chat, Aruba prosecutor says

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - One of three top suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway wrote during an Internet chat session that the teenager was dead, Aruba's chief prosecutor said Thursday.

January 04, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | World


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Police fear gunman may be targeting homeless

ATLANTA - After two men were shot and killed as they slept outside in Atlanta, police say they fear a gunman might be targeting homeless people.

November 27, 2014 | Associated Press | World


FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

November 27, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | World


Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" - a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

November 27, 2014 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE Associated Press | World


OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

November 27, 2014 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press | World


Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

November 23, 2014 | By SHARON COHEN Associated Press | World


Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. - Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

November 23, 2014 | By JOHN O'CONNOR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | World


Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

WARSAW, Poland - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

November 22, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.

November 22, 2014 | By JASON DEAREN Associated Press | World


For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed.

November 22, 2014 | By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press | World


Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

WASHINGTON - The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

November 22, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | World


Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment

ORLANDO, Fla. - Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

November 21, 2014 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | World


Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON - Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

November 20, 2014 | By JULIE PACE Associated Press | World


Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

November 20, 2014 | By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press | World


Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

CLEVELAND - A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that the three former death row inmates will soon walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.

November 20, 2014 | By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press | World


Florida State shooter went from liked to troubled

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State graduate Myron May seemed to change from a well-liked young attorney to would-be killer in a matter of months, stopped only by a fusillade of police bullets outside the library at his alma mater after he opened fire on students who dove between the stacks to escape.

November 20, 2014 | By GARY FINEOUT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press | World


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