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Pirates seize control of a French ship off Somalia

PARIS - Pirates seized control of a French vessel carrying 30 crew members Friday off the coast of Somalia, the French government and the ship's owner said.

April 19, 2008 | By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Gates says US will add combat troops to Afghanistan next year, regardless of Iraq situation

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The United States intends to send many more combat forces to Afghanistan next year, regardless of whether troop levels in Iraq are cut further this year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

April 19, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Associated Press


Ukrainian leaders push for membership in NATO, but citizens are divided over joining alliance

KIEV, Ukraine - At dinner, Leonid and Yelena Adrov don't just talk about their daughter's grades or summer vacation plans. The couple has another issue to discuss - Ukraine's bid for membership in NATO.

April 17, 2008 | By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Zimbabwe opposition declares presidential victory; results show ruling party loses parliament

HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe's party lost control of parliament, the latest official results showed Wednesday, hours after the opposition claimed it also had won the presidency.

April 17, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Unrest among China’s Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists creates challenges for Beijing

BEIJING - Unrest was reported Wednesday among Muslims in far western China, a headache for Beijing as it tries to squelch Tibetan protests and another sign that neither investment nor repression has ended anti-government feeling in the hinterlands.

April 17, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Analysis: Allies’ reluctance to send more troops to Afghanistan reflects different view of war

BUCHAREST, Romania - At the heart of President Bush's problem in getting NATO allies to send more combat troops to Afghanistan is a basic disconnect over the war: The Europeans don't see it as one.

April 17, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Associated Press


Scandal-hit Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern announces he will resign May 6

DUBLIN, Ireland - Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland but couldn't survive a scandal over his collection of cash from businessmen, announced Wednesday he will resign.

April 17, 2008 | By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bush confident NATO to back missile defense system, pledge more troops for Afghanistan

BUCHAREST, Romania - President Bush expressed confidence Wednesday that NATO will bolster its combat forces in Afghanistan and endorse a missile defense system for Europe that Russia has opposed.

April 17, 2008 | By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent | Associated Press


Roadside bomb strikes Iraqi military convoy during show of force in Basra

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb struck an armored vehicle carrying an Iraqi commander and a senior defense official Wednesday as they entered a Shiite militia stronghold that has seen some of the fiercest fighting in the southern city of Basra.

April 17, 2008 | By BUSHRA JUHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


China accuses Tibet independence groups of planning to attack with ’suicide squads’

BEIJING - China has branded the Dalai Lama a ''wolf in monk's robes'' and his followers the ''scum of Buddhism.'' It stepped up the rhetoric Tuesday, accusing the Nobel Peace laureate and his supporters of planning suicide attacks.

April 16, 2008 | By AUDRA ANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Possible US-Russia deal this weekend may include limits on missile defenses in Europe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Scrambling to seal a missile defense deal this weekend, the U.S. is offering guarantees to assure the Russians the system isn't a European military threat aimed at them.

April 16, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Associated Press


WHO: Medical chaos in Gaza, delays for permits to Israel costing lives among patients

JERUSALEM - Dozens of Gaza residents have died waiting for medical treatment because of delays in obtaining permits to enter Israel, combined with a crumbling health system in Gaza, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

April 16, 2008 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Mugabe aides in talks with opposition about ceding power, AP learns

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Advisers of President Robert Mugabe and his chief rival are discussing the possibility of Zimbabwe's longtime leader relinquishing power, a businessman close to the electoral commission and a lawyer close to the opposition told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

April 16, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


New ‘Big Brother’ technology transforms view of pilots flying over Iraq

ABOARD THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN - Lt. Shawn Hall spends his days thousands of feet above Iraq in his F/A-18 fighter jet, dropping GPS-guided bombs in support of American troops on the ground.

April 16, 2008 | By SEBASTIAN ABBOT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fear of Israel-Hezbollah conflict has Mideast jittery, but leaders, analysts say war unlikely

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Recent attacks and retaliation threats have the Mideast on edge about the possibility of another war between Israel and Hezbollah, even though officials on both sides say they don't expect any eruption of major fighting soon.

April 11, 2008 | By SAM F. GHATTAS 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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