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South African police report decrease in violent crime; government says numbers still too high

PRETORIA, South Africa - Crime rates in South Africa - among the highest in the world - are declining with fewer robberies, rapes and murders reported in the last year, police said Monday.

July 15, 2008 | By SABRINA SHANKMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Cyclist Floyd Landis loses appeal of doping ban

Floyd Landis used the arbitration process as public theater to try to prove a point and regain his reputation.

July 15, 2008 | By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | Associated Press


Crowd sees Pakistan militants kill 2 alleged spies

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A gang of Pakistani militants executed two alleged U.S. spies in front of thousands of cheering supporters Friday as a top U.N. official expressed fears that Pakistani government peace deals with the gunmen were sparking a wave of human rights abuses.

July 12, 2008 | By RAVI NESSMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Analysis: Complex issues remain on NKorea nukes

SEOUL, South Korea - It took years of talks, coddling and concessions to prod North Korea to step back from its decades-long effort to make atomic weapons, leading to Friday's dramatic destruction of its nuclear reactor cooling tower.

July 12, 2008 | By BURT HERMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Voters led to polls in Zimbabwe 1-candidate runoff

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Widespread voter intimidation and low turnout marked Zimbabwe's one-candidate presidential runoff Friday, further damaging the vote designed to bolster longtime President Robert Mugabe's credibility.

July 12, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


North Korea destroys nuclear reactor tower

YONGBYON, North Korea - The gray cooling tower crumbled behind billowing dust clouds in seconds Friday, reducing the structure at North Korea's nuclear reactor into a pile of rubble. It was a choreographed show by the communist regime meant to affirm an intention to stop making atomic bombs.

July 12, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Buckingham Palace says queen, royal family cost less than $2 per taxpayer last year

LONDON - Buckingham Palace accountants insisted Friday that the cost of maintaining Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family is a bargain for taxpayers, despite a price tag of 40 million pounds ($80 million), while a prominent anti-monarchist group said many of the true costs are hidden.

July 12, 2008 | By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US: Arrest made following attack in Karmah, Iraq

BAGHDAD - A member of an extremist cell believed to be behind a suicide attack that killed more than 20 people including three U.S. Marines has been arrested, the U.S. military said Friday.

July 12, 2008 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Homeless quake dogs rescued by Chinese woman

CHENGDU, China - The white short-haired mutt was found dragging his crushed hind legs through rubble-clogged streets after the massive earthquake devastated China's Sichuan province.

July 12, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Baghdad’s walls keep peace but feel like prison

BAGHDAD - Baghdad hasn't been this quiet in years. But the respite from bloodshed comes at a high price.

July 12, 2008 | By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


South African authorities beef up security at TB hospital after patients rampage

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Authorities increased security Friday at a tuberculosis hospital where patients with drug-resistant forms of the disease went on a rampage to protest prison-like conditions.

July 12, 2008 | By CLARE NULLIS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Academics make startling finds as they sweep through untapped Nazi records

BAD AROLSEN, Germany - From prison brothels to slave labor camps, 15 scholars concluded a two-week probe Thursday of an untapped repository of millions of Nazi records, and hailed it as a rich vein of raw material that will deepen the study of the Holocaust.

July 11, 2008 | By ARTHUR MAX Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


British government: US Embassy in London owes millions in unpaid road tolls

LONDON - The U.S. Embassy in London has failed to pay more than $3.9 million in traffic congestion charges, according to figures published Thursday by Britain's foreign ministry.

July 11, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


UN drug chief: Insurgents complicating drug war

VIENNA, Austria - More than ever before, authorities waging the global war on drugs are up against real insurgents.

July 11, 2008 | By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rocket hits Israel, second violation of Gaza truce

JERUSALEM - Gaza militants fired two rockets into southern Israel on Thursday, further straining a shaky, week-old truce as Israel kept vital Gaza border crossings closed in response.

July 11, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Shifting tone, Trump entertains the notion he could lose

ORLANDO, Fla. - Straying from his trademark bravado, Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday that his presidential campaign is facing challenges and could ultimately fall short - a rare ...

August 11, 2016 | | Associated Press


US government won't reclassify marijuana

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad ...

August 11, 2016 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Complaints surface about waterslide after boy's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - At least two people who rode in the last year on the same Kansas waterslide where a 10-year-old boy was killed say ...

August 09, 2016 | By MARIA SUDEKUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Effects linger following Delta outage

DALLAS - Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that some computer systems are still working slowly more than a day after an outage crippled the airline and ...

August 09, 2016 | By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer | Associated Press


Delta recovering after global outage

At least half of all Delta Air Lines flights Monday were delayed or canceled after a power outage knocked out the airline's computer systems ...

August 08, 2016 | By DAVID KOENIG and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press | Associated Press


Boy killed on Kansas waterslide

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Investigators were treating the death of a 10-year-old boy on the world's tallest waterslide as a "civil matter" rather than a ...

August 08, 2016 | By JIM SUHR Associated Press | Associated Press


Games in Rio begin

RIO DE JANEIRO - With fireworks forming the word "Rio" in the sky and supermodel Gisele Bundchen shimmering to the tune of "The Girl from Ipanema ...

August 06, 2016 | By MAURICIO SAVARESE and JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Trump conflict overshadows attacks on Clinton foreign policy

PORTLAND, Maine - Donald Trump's warning that the November election might be rigged is "ridiculous," President Barack Obama declared on Thursday, wading deeper into the ...

August 04, 2016 | By STEVE PEOPLES and JILL COLVIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Do Olympics still appeal to a grim world?

RIO DE JANEIRO - Even if only for two weeks, can "Faster-Higher-Stronger" overpower deadlier, scarier and bloodier? Can the Olympic Games still offer the world momentary ...

August 04, 2016 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Associated Press


Trump's 'rigged' election claim challenges US democratic system

WASHINGTON - When Donald Trump cried foul over what he describes as a "rigged" electoral system, his loosely defined claims challenged the essence of America's ...

August 03, 2016 | By VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press | Associated Press


Medical benefits of flossing unproven

HOLMDEL, N.J. - It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities.

August 02, 2016 | By JEFF DONN Associated Press | Associated Press


Paid family leave benefits on the rise

NEW YORK - The call for paid family leave on the Democratic party platform is the most ambitious attempt by a major party in years to ...

August 02, 2016 | By DAMIAN TROISE and MATT OTT Associated Press | Associated Press


Texas professors sue over campus-carry law before class begins

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' new law allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms has barely started and already faces a legal challenge seeking to ...

August 02, 2016 | By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press | Associated Press


Expert to athletes: 'Don't put your head under water'

RIO DE JANEIRO - Just days ahead of the Olympic Games, the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human ...

August 01, 2016 | By JENNY BARCHFIELD Associated Press | Associated Press


Officials: No apparent survivors in Texas balloon crash

LOCKHART, Texas - A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday, and there did not ...

July 30, 2016 | By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press | Associated Press


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