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Pop song, billboards seek to overcome fear of census after decades of war in Liberia

SELEGA, Liberia - The deep distrust of government created by years of war is evident in Liberian villages like this one, where people don't understand why census workers have been chalking numbers on every house, lean-to, hut and shack.

April 04, 2008 | By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Associated Press


Even Palestinians’ beloved keffiyeh feels the heat of Chinese imports

HEBRON, West Bank - Yasser Herbawi once supplied much of the West Bank and Gaza with black-and-white checkered scarves, the proud emblem of Palestinian identity made famous by the late Yasser Arafat.

April 03, 2008 | By KARIN LAUB and DALIA NAMMARI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


France’s Sarkozy drops legal complaint over article about his love life

PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has dropped his legal case against a magazine that claimed he tried to win back his ex-wife while planning for his February wedding, the leader's new bride said.

April 03, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Bad day for British tabloids as parents of missing Madeleine accept apology, libel damages

LONDON - For British tabloid editors, sorry always seems to be the hardest word.

April 03, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bin Laden criticizes Europe for publication of prophet drawings, vows strong reaction

CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden criticized the publication of drawings insulting to the Prophet Muhammad in a new audio message posted late Wednesday and warned Europeans of a strong reaction to come.

April 03, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel bars access from West Bank and Gaza, beefs up security against attacks on Purim holiday

JERUSALEM - Israel declared a heightened security alert Wednesday and barred Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip from entering the country, fearing Hezbollah guerrillas might try to carry out a major attack during holiday celebrations this week.

April 03, 2008 | By LAURIE COPANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US Marines start deploying in southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Some of the 3,200 U.S. Marines slated for a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan's volatile south have begun arriving at the region's largest base following a call from Canada for more troops there.

April 02, 2008 | By FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


A380, world’s biggest passenger jet, completes commercial flight from Singapore to London

LONDON - A Singapore Airlines A380 touched down at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday afternoon, completing the first commercial flight to Europe by the world's largest passenger jet.

April 02, 2008 | By RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Foreign charities hunker down in Pakistan after Islamic extremists target quake aid group

MANSEHRA, Pakistan - Long-haired gunmen burst into the white stone building and killed four charity workers helping earthquake victims, then wrecked the office with grenades and set it on fire. Police came, but did not intervene.

April 02, 2008 | By KATHY GANNON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


NATO says bombing in Afghanistan kills 12 insurgents, denies accusations of civilian deaths

KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO said Tuesday that it killed about 12 insurgents in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan, denying accusations from two Afghan lawmakers that civilians were among the dead.

April 02, 2008 | By FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Sunnis boycott as Iraqi prime minister opens national reconciliation conference

BAGHDAD - Iraq's main Sunni bloc boycotted a conference Tuesday aimed at reconciling the nation's sectarian groups, a sign of the deep schisms still facing this country.

April 02, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rice, Gates fail to overcome Russian opposition to US missile defense plans in Europe

MOSCOW - Russia had a short answer Tuesday for President Bush's top national security advisers who came to ask for detente in the simmering argument over a planned U.S. missile shield at Russia's doorstep. ''Nyet.'' Or maybe, ''Not yet.''

April 02, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


An odd pair parts: Petra the swan to be separated from swan-shaped boat

BERLIN - A long love story is over at a German zoo: Petra the swan and her swan-shaped paddleboat are parting ways.

April 02, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Explosion rocks Pakistan restaurant; Turkish woman killed, Americans wounded

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A bomb exploded in the back garden of an Italian restaurant crowded with foreigners in Pakistan's capital on Saturday, killing a Turkish woman and wounding 11 others including five Americans.

March 31, 2008 | By ZARAR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US soldier returns to My Lai on 40th anniversary, finds hope at the scene of a massacre

MY LAI, Vietnam - Lawrence Colburn returned to My Lai on Saturday and found hope at the site of one of the most notorious chapters of the Vietnam War.

March 31, 2008 | By BEN STOCKING Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Co-pilot may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers - including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

March 27, 2015 | By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID McHUGH Associated Press | Associated Press


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany - Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

March 26, 2015 | By DAVID McHUGH | Associated Press


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


As patients face death, doctors push for straight talk on desired end-of-life care

WASHINGTON - Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later.

March 23, 2015 | | Associated Press


Cruz is first one in for GOP

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.

March 23, 2015 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

WASHINGTON - Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana.

March 21, 2015 | By EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Convicted in girl's running death, grandma faces death

GADSDEN, Ala. - Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.

March 21, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

IOTO, Japan - Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.

March 21, 2015 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press | Associated Press


States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

WASHINGTON - New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

March 20, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Public unaware health law in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case.

March 19, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Little change in desire for action on inequality

DENVER - Interest in income inequality is all the rage in public debate nowadays, with political figures from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the left to Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on the right decrying the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else.

March 19, 2015 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Can of Coke a healthy snack?

NEW YORK - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer | Associated Press


Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan - Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.

March 16, 2015 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writer | Associated Press


Prosecutor: 20-year-old charged in shootings of 2 officers

CLAYTON, Mo. - The 20-year-old man charged in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers had been at the protest outside of the Ferguson Police Department earlier that night, authorities said Sunday.

March 15, 2015 | By JIM SALTER Associated Press | Associated Press


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