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Rice, visiting Baghdad, praises steps toward national reconciliation in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that Iraq's national reconciliation has moved along ''quite remarkably,'' citing a new law that lets thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party reclaim government jobs or pensions.

January 30, 2008 | By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japanese whalers detain activists who boarded their vessel

TOKYO - Japanese whalers detained two activists accused of throwing acid at and illegally boarding their vessel in Antarctica on Tuesday. An official denied claims the men were assaulted and tied to the mast.

January 30, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


In the Rust Belt, drugs moved in as steel moved out; the dealers are the ones in flashy SUVs

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. - Amid the bleak, run-down brick buildings, drug dealers drive around in shiny SUVs, Cadillacs and convertibles, the sun glinting off their chrome-plated spinning hubs.

January 30, 2008 | By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Saudi oil minister: Kingdom will raise production only if market justifies it

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia will raise oil production only when the market justifies it, the kingdom's oil minister said Tuesday, in response to President Bush's request that OPEC nations increase output to reduce world oil prices.

January 30, 2008 | By DONNA ABU-NASR Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


19 Gazans, Ecuadorean kibbutz volunteer killed in Israeli-Palestinian clashes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops killed a son of Gaza's most powerful leader along with 18 other Palestinians on Tuesday in the bloodiest day of fighting in the coastal area since Hamas militants seized control last summer.

January 30, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rice says Arab nations should reach out to Israel to nudge Mideast peace accord

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that the United States wants Arab nations to do more to reach out to Israelis, as a way to do their part to nudge a Mideast peace accord into being.

January 30, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT and ANNE GEARAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bush visits ally Saudi Arabia for talks with king amid announcement of major arms deal

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Bush delivered a sophisticated weapons sale for Saudi Arabia on Monday, trying to bolster defenses against threats from U.S. adversary Iran and muster support in this oil-rich kingdom for a long-stalled Mideast peace agreement.

January 29, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Associated Press


Emmanuel’s odyssey: From birth in jungle, childhood of anguish, now back with mother

EL RETORNO, Colombia - On April 16, 2004, an urbane lawyer being held hostage in a guerrilla camp deep in the Colombian jungle gave birth to a boy. The child was delivered by Caesarean section performed with a kitchen knife.

January 29, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Doctors ’amazed’ ex-Indonesian dictator Suharto still alive despite organ failure, pneumonia

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Former dictator Suharto developed pneumonia in one lung, doctors reported Monday, calling it a dangerous new threat for a patient with multiple organ failure. They said they were amazed the 86-year-old was still hanging on.

January 29, 2008 | By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Judge gunned down in Baghdad in latest killing of Iraqi professional

BAGHDAD - Gunmen assassinated a high-ranking Sunni judge as he headed to work in Baghdad on Monday, the latest of thousands of professionals killed in unsolved cases since the ouster of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003.

January 29, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suspected Islamic insurgents behead Thai soldier, kill 7 more troops in rebellious south

NARATHIWAT, Thailand - Suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed an army patrol in Thailand's restive south Monday, killing all eight soldiers and then beheading one of them in a bloody clash as the rebellion enters its fifth year.

January 29, 2008 | By SUMETH PANPETCH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Protest against maglev train in Shanghai forces government acknowledgement

SHANGHAI, China - Protests by Shanghai residents angry over the proposed extension of a high-tech train line forced the government Monday to acknowledge widespread public concern, in the latest standoff between China's communist authorities and middle-class urban Chinese.

January 29, 2008 | By ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Guatemala to get first leftist president in more than 50 years

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala on Monday swears in Alvaro Colom, its first leftist president in more than 50 years.

January 29, 2008 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Guatemala hopes new presidential duo — peacemaker and heart surgeon — can do some healing

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's new president, Alvaro Colom received training as a Mayan priest. His vice president is a heart surgeon.

January 29, 2008 | By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Sicilian businessmen openly defying the Mafia in rebellion shaking Cosa Nostra to its core

PALERMO, Sicily - When it came down to business, Cosa Nostra could always count on fear.

January 29, 2008 | By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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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


Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

WASHINGTON - It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess.

February 17, 2015 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press | Associated Press


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