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Iraqi prime minister vows to fight militias in Basra to the end

BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister vowed Thursday to fight ''until the end'' against Shiite militias in Basra despite protests by tens of thousands of followers of a radical cleric in Baghdad and deadly clashes across the capital and the oil-rich south.

April 11, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Egyptian editor gets 6-month prison sentence for stories on president’s health

CAIRO, Egypt - A journalist who reported on the president's alleged health problems was sentenced to six months in prison, which rights groups criticized Thursday as media harassment by the government.

April 11, 2008 | By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Founder of JetBlue Airways announces plans for new Brazilian airline starting in 2009

SAO PAULO, Brazil - The founder of JetBlue Airways announced plans Thursday for a new Brazilian airline that would begin operating next year with three jets and eventually grow to a fleet of 76 planes flying nationwide.

April 11, 2008 | By ALAN CLENDENNING AP Business Writer | Associated Press


Move over, M. Le President; Sarkozy’s wife makes splash in Britain

LONDON - Nicolas Sarkozy did most of the talking, but it was his wife who made the headlines.

April 11, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US charges Puerto Rican governor, 12 others in campaign finance probe

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila was charged Thursday with 19 counts in a campaign finance probe, including conspiracy to violate U.S. federal campaign laws and giving false testimony to the FBI.

April 11, 2008 | By MANUEL ERNESTO RIVERA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US envoys visit Pakistan’s militant hotspots to promote security, development.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Senior U.S. envoys visited Pakistan's northwest frontier Wednesday to promote lavishly funded plans to boost security and development in a region that could be harboring Osama bin Laden.

April 10, 2008 | By STEPHEN GRAHAM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chickens vanish from Egypt’s streets in the fight against bird flu

TAWFIQIYA, Egypt - Chickens used to roam every dusty street in every village across Egypt, and many of its city alleys too.

April 10, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqi PM gives Basra gunmen 3-day ultimatum to surrender weapons

BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday gave gunmen in the southern oil port of Basra three days to surrender their weapons and renounce violence as clashes between security forces and Shiite militia fighters erupted for a second day.

April 10, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


French president says he cannot rule out possibility of boycotting Beijing opening ceremony

PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday that he cannot rule out the possibility he might boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics if China continues its crackdown in Tibet.

April 09, 2008 | By ANGELA DOLAND Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Saudi King Abdullah calls for interfaith dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - King Abdullah is calling for a dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews, the first such proposal from this strictly Muslim kingdom at a time of mounting tensions between followers of Islam and those of other religions.

April 09, 2008 | By DONNA ABU-NASR and ABDULLAH SHIHRI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel to allow foreign trained Palestinian forces to deploy in West Bank

JERUSALEM - Israel's defense minister on Tuesday said he would soon allow 600 foreign-trained Palestinian police to take up positions in a volatile West Bank town in a gesture aimed at helping the moderate Palestinian government restore law and order.

April 09, 2008 | By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqi forces clash with militias in southern oil hub

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces clashed with Shiite militiamen Tuesday in the southern oil port of Basra and rockets rained down on the U.S.-protected Green Zone in Baghdad as followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr expanded a nationwide backlash against government crackdowns.

April 09, 2008 | By RYAN LENZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US: Navy-contracted ship fires warning shots at boats in Suez Canal; Egyptians say 1 dead

CAIRO, Egypt - An American cargo ship under contract to the U.S. Navy fired warning shots at a small Egyptian boat while passing through the Suez Canal, the U.S. military said Tuesday. Egyptian authorities said at least one man was killed, but the U.S. said an investigation was under way and it had no reports of casualties.

April 09, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


German prosecutors charge far-right party leader with incitement over World Cup pamphlets

BERLIN - Prosecutors accused the head of Germany's top far-right party Tuesday of publishing a pamphlet before the 2006 World Cup that questioned whether nonwhite players should be on the national soccer team.

April 09, 2008 | German prosecutors charge far-right party leader with incitement over World Cup pamphlets Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Report: Afghan aid money spent on high salaries, living costs

KABUL, Afghanistan - Too much money meant for Afghanistan aid is wasted, with a vast amount spent on foreign workers' high salaries, security and living arrangements, according to a report from humanitarian groups published Tuesday.

April 09, 2008 | By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Mirror, mirror on the wall

NEW YORK - Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.

May 11, 2015 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer | Associated Press


Google: 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

The company says none of these minor collisions was caused by its cars and that it has avoided many major accidents over 1.7 million miles traveled, much of it with drivers just along for the ride.

May 11, 2015 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Associated Press


What time were you born?

NEW YORK - Taking mom out to lunch on Mother's Day is surprisingly appropriate: The noon hour is one of the most common times of day for babies to be born.

May 08, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


For some long-term unemployed, hope arises: A job audition

WASHINGTON - Bill Lewis was under more pressure than most new hires when he began a job in information technology last year in Monroe, Connecticut. Jobless for a year, he had eight weeks to persuade his employer to keep him and pay his salary.

May 07, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Fingerprint ruse IDs Florida man as longtime Ohio fugitive

ORLANDO, Fla. - A man convicted of manslaughter walked away from an Ohio prison farm in 1959, then was allowed to slip away from law enforcement in 1975 and disappeared until a ruse to get his fingerprints led to his arrest in Florida this week, investigators said Tuesday.

May 05, 2015 | By KANTELE FRANKO and MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Associated Press


U.S. senator: Sex crimes in the military 'vastly underreported'

WASHINGTON - In a scathing critique of the Defense Department's efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is "vastly underreported" and that victims continue to struggle for justice.

May 04, 2015 | By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press | Associated Press


Accused Texas gunman well-known to FBI before attack

WASHINGTON - Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson - one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

May 04, 2015 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN, ERIC TUCKER and RYAN VAN VELZER, | Associated Press


$100 million for a home?

WASHINGTON - The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

April 30, 2015 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Near Nepal quake epicenter, desperate villagers await help

PASLANG, Nepal - There is almost nothing left of this village but enormous piles of broken red bricks and heaps of mud and dust.

April 28, 2015 | By KATY DAIGLE Associated Press | Associated Press


Should National Guard have been called sooner in Baltimore?

BALTIMORE - National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

April 28, 2015 | By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Less fluoride in the water

NEW YORK - The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water because some kids are getting too much, causing white splotches on their teeth.

April 27, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE Associated Press | Associated Press


Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000

KATHMANDU, Nepal - As the death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine.

April 27, 2015 | By KATY DAIGLE and BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated Press | Associated Press


US vets come to Vietnam to confront past — and find a home

DANANG, Vietnam - When Richard Parker left Vietnam in 1970, he planned to leave his memories of napalm attacks firmly in the past. Instead, as time marched on, they haunted him.

April 27, 2015 | By MIKE IVES Associated Press | Associated Press


Picture it: A 1,000-year exposure showing a changing Earth

AMHERST, Mass. - If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years.

April 26, 2015 | By BOB SALSBERG Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

WASHINGTON - A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.

April 26, 2015 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press | Associated Press


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