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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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


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 | Associated Press


Suicide bombing northeast of Iraqi capital kills 14, including 1 US soldier

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a city council meeting in a town northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 14 civilians during a four-day Islamic holiday, a morgue official said. The U.S. military said one soldier was killed and 10 were wounded.

January 04, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


After the bombing, Bhutto faces challenge to attract crowds on the campaign trail

MIRPURKHAS, Pakistan - Bringing her election campaign to her home province, Benazir Bhutto vowed that neither bullets nor bombs could keep her away from the Pakistani people.

January 04, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | 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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