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South Africa mines shut as power shortages threaten nation’s economic engine

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Leading South African gold, diamond and platinum mines stopped production Friday in the face of power outages that threaten to choke economic growth.

February 09, 2008 | By CLARE NULLIS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Europe’s right-wing leaders seek new party to counter Islam, other perceived threats

VIENNA, Austria - Right-wing leaders from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and France announced plans Friday to form a pan-European party with a mission to ''rescue the Western world'' from Islam and other perceived threats.

February 09, 2008 | By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


French bank trader was dealing in tens of billions of dollars

PARIS - The rogue futures trader who allegedly cost French bank Societe Generale $7.14 billion had been betting on an even larger scale - with tens of billions in fraudulent deals, the bank said Friday.

February 09, 2008 | By EMMA VANDORE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rival Kenyan leaders meet for first time since disputed election

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's president and its main opposition leader met Thursday for the first time since the disputed Dec. 27 presidential vote, but they emerged still clearly divided over the central question of who really won the election.

February 08, 2008 | By KATY POWNALL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Egypt begins to control influx of Gazans; Israel says it wants ties cut with territory

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egyptian border guards took measures to control huge crowds of Palestinians streaming from Gaza to Egypt across a breached border for a second day Thursday, but they did not try to halt the flow.

February 08, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB and OMAR SINAN Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


Societe Generale uncovers massive fraud by futures trader

PARIS - French bank Societe Generale said Thursday it has uncovered a 4.9 billion euro ($7.14 billion) fraud - one of history's biggest - by a single futures trader whose scheme of fictitious transactions was discovered as stock markets began to stumble in recent days.

February 08, 2008 | By EMMA VANDORE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide bomber kills provincial police chief at blast site in Mosul

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed an Iraqi police chief and two other officers Thursday as they surveyed the site of the wreckage of a blast a day earlier that devastated a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in the volatile northern city of Mosul.

February 08, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pakistani, Afghan, Iraqi leaders discuss scourge of suicide bombing at world forum

DAVOS, Switzerland - Fears of world recession briefly took a back seat Thursday at the World Economic Forum, where leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq focused on how to establish security in their volatile regions.

February 08, 2008 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Yad Vashem memorial launches Arabic Web site to combat Holocaust denial

JERUSALEM - Israel's Holocaust memorial launched an Arabic version of its Web site Thursday, including vivid photos of Nazi atrocities and video of survivors' testimony, to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world.

February 08, 2008 | By ARON HELLER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Britain unveils sweeping new terrorism law proposals, including longer detention

LONDON - The British government revealed sweeping plans Thursday to toughen terrorism laws, including a proposal to hold suspects for up to 42 days without charge.

February 08, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Officials say Kremlin critic’s bid for presidential race is invalid; formal ruling due

MOSCOW - The only liberal Kremlin critic in Russia's presidential race stands to be kept off the ballot because tens of thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions were forgeries, election officials said Thursday.

February 08, 2008 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Spain says police moved against Islamic suicide cell even though it lacked bombs

MADRID, Spain - Police acting on a tipoff that a radical Islamic group was plotting suicide attacks in Barcelona moved against the cell last week even though it had not amassed enough explosives to make bombs, Spain's police chief said Thursday.

February 08, 2008 | By DANIEL WOOLLS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Brazil to send extra police, environmental agents to reduce Amazon deforestation

BRASILIA, Brazil - Brazil will combat rising deforestation in the Amazon by sending extra federal police and environmental agents to areas where illegal clearing of the rain forest jumped dramatically last year, officials said Thursday.

February 08, 2008 | By MARCO SIBAJA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan warship leaves port to resume anti-terror mission in Indian Ocean

YOKOSUKA, Japan - A Japanese navy destroyer departed Thursday to resume the country's anti-terror mission in the Indian Ocean after a divisive battle in parliament caused a three-month suspension.

February 07, 2008 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fate of Kenyans rests with 2 men who have shown little inclination to compromise

NAIROBI, Kenya - As Kenyans die by the hundreds in gritty city slums and rolling cornfields in the countryside, their fate rests with two men who appear more intent on the struggle for power than on the turmoil it has set off.

February 07, 2008 | By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

DES MOINES, Iowa - Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.

November 28, 2014 | By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press | Associated Press


Police fear gunman may be targeting homeless

ATLANTA - After two men were shot and killed as they slept outside in Atlanta, police say they fear a gunman might be targeting homeless people.

November 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Associated Press


FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

November 27, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | Associated Press


Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" - a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

November 27, 2014 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE Associated Press | Associated Press


OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

November 27, 2014 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press | Associated Press


Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

November 23, 2014 | By SHARON COHEN Associated Press | Associated Press


Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. - Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

November 23, 2014 | By JOHN O'CONNOR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

WARSAW, Poland - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

November 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.

November 22, 2014 | By JASON DEAREN Associated Press | Associated Press


For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed.

November 22, 2014 | By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press | Associated Press


Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips

WASHINGTON - The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

November 22, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | Associated Press


Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment

ORLANDO, Fla. - Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

November 21, 2014 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


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