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US troops fought 3 days on foot in takeover of Taliban-held town

MUSA QALA, Afghanistan - Chinook helicopters dropped Capt. Don Canterna's company of soldiers on the dusty outskirts of Musa Qala as evening fell. Loaded down with weapons, food, and water, his men walked through the night.

February 04, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | World


Saudi couple divorced in absentia remain apart despite 2-year struggle

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Two years ago, a knock on Fatima and Mansour al-Timani's door shattered the life they had built together.

February 04, 2008 | By DONNA ABU-NASR Associated Press Writer | World


If the world embraces nuclear energy, where will the deadly waste go?

BEAUMONT-HAGUE, France - Thousands of canisters of highly radioactive waste from the world's most nuclear-energized nation lie, silent and deadly, beneath this jutting tip of Normandy. Above ground, cows graze and Atlantic waves crash into heather-covered hills.

February 04, 2008 | By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press Writer | World


Chavez warns he could take control of Venezuelan banks that fail to finance agriculture

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez threatened on Saturday to take control of banks that fail to meet state-imposed loaning requirements designed to benefit Venezuela's farmers.

February 03, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer | World


Shiites head home from Iraqi festival after a relatively peaceful Ashoura

BAGHDAD - Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslims clambered aboard buses or began trekking homeward on foot Saturday at the end of Ashoura, a 10-day ritual to cleanse the spirit and scourge the body in honor of their founding saint.

February 03, 2008 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | World


Israeli airstrike kills 2 Hamas militants in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft killed two Hamas militants in Gaza fighting early Saturday and Palestinians lobbed three rockets into Israel, a day after Israel sealed the borders and bombed an empty Hamas building.

February 03, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


Kenyan opposition, bloodied by protests, calls for another day of rallies

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's opposition party, determined to bring down President Mwai Kibaki's government, called Saturday for another day of "peaceful rallies" despite the deaths of more than 20 people in this week's demonstrations.

February 03, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | World


14 terror suspects arrested in Spain may have been planning Barcelona attack, minister says

MADRID, Spain - Police arrested 14 suspected Islamic militants in early morning raids Saturday, amid fears the men were plotting a terrorist attack in Barcelona, the interior minister said.

February 03, 2008 | By HAROLD HECKLE Associated Press Writer | World


Hezbollah's reclusive leader, in rare public appearance, claims to have Israeli bodies

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah's reclusive leader claimed Saturday the militant group had the remains of Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon during the 2006 war, saying the dead were left behind "in our villages and fields."

February 03, 2008 | By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press Writer | World


In Poland, uncertainty and fear cloud possible site of US missile defense shield

REDZIKOWO, Poland - Among the people living around this disused Polish air base, there is little enthusiasm for the missile interceptor station likely to be built here as part of a U.S. missile defense system.

February 03, 2008 | By RYAN LUCAS Associated Press Writer | World


Defense Ministry says Tamil Tiger rebels kill 10 civilians in southern Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot 10 ethnic Sinhalese civilians in southern Sri Lanka, the Defense Ministry said Friday, amid escalating violence following the government's withdrawal from a cease-fire.

February 02, 2008 | By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer | World


Iraqi troops clash with members of messianic Shiite cult in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD - Gunmen from a messianic Shiite cult attacked police and worshippers preparing Friday for a major Shiite holiday, prompting fierce clashes that left nearly 50 people dead in a major test for Iraqi security forces in oil-rich southern Iraq.

February 02, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | World


Militants open fire on tourists in Yemen, killing 2 Belgian women

SAN'A, Yemen - Suspected al-Qaida militants opened fire on a convoy of tourists in a remote desert mountain valley Friday, killing two Belgian women and their Yemeni driver. It was the second recent militant attack on foreign tourists in Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden.

February 02, 2008 | By AHMED AL-HAJ Associated Press Writer | World


Israel closes Gaza crossings, pounds Hamas targets in bid to halt rocket attacks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel sealed all border crossings with the Gaza Strip on Friday, cutting the flow of vital supplies in an attempt to stop Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli border towns.

February 02, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | World


On bloodiest day of protests, Kenya opposition vows to keep up pressure with strikes

NAIROBI, Kenya - Clashes between rival tribes armed with machetes and bows and arrows on Friday marked the third, the bloodiest and what the government hopes is the last day of opposition protests over Kenya's disputed presidential election.

February 02, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | World


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US employers add 288k jobs in June

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

July 03, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK Associated Press | World


Storm's path puts it off NC beaches for July 4th

SAVANNAH - A hurricane watch covering nearly 200 miles along North Carolina's coast was issued early Wednesday, threatening Fourth of July plans as Tropical Storm Arthur moved northward from Florida.

July 02, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | World


In dry California, water fetching record prices

SAN FRANCISCO - Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.

July 02, 2014 | By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press | World


Despite the grousing, voters rarely fire lawmakers

WASHINGTON - Congress is wildly unpopular.

June 29, 2014 | By CONNIE CASS Associated Press | World


Police: 9 shot on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.

June 29, 2014 | By STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press | World


Child dies when Italian ice shop door falls on her

PHILADELPHIA - Authorities were investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop Saturday afternoon, killing a 3-year-old girl.

June 29, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Mars 'flying saucer' splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

June 29, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press | World


Year after firefighter deaths, town moves forward

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Reminders of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are spread throughout Station 7.

June 27, 2014 | By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press | World


Ex-cop suspect in deaths of 2 women in suitcases

MINNEAPOLIS - The disappearance of a Minnesota mother of seven was just a missing person case when it landed on the desk of Detective Sgt. Lee Hollatz. Seven months later, her body and that of another woman were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway, and the former police officer whom Hollatz had long considered his top person of interest is now suspected in their deaths.

June 27, 2014 | By STEVE KARNOWSKI and DINESH RAMDE Associated Press | World


Schools chief apologizes for "hurtful" blog posts

PHOENIX - Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist.

June 26, 2014 | By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press | World


Oil boom fuels drop in age in Great Plains states

WASHINGTON - The United States is still growing older, but the trend is reversing in the Great Plains, thanks to a liberal application of oil.

June 26, 2014 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press | World


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