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Colombia believes it killed second leader of FARC rebels in a week

BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombian security forces carrying out an arrest warrant Friday for a rebel leader killed a man in a shootout and were trying to confirm his identity, an official in the chief prosecutor's office said Friday.

March 22, 2008 | By VIVIAN SEQUERA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraq: Karradah bombings illustrate even better Baghdad neighborhoods vulnerable

BAGHDAD - It was a beautiful evening and the streets of Baghdad's Karradah neighborhood were packed with shoppers and young people mingling at the start of the Iraqi weekend - then the extremists struck, again.

March 22, 2008 | By JOHN AFFLECK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israelis mourn 8 killed at seminary; security increased around Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - Thousands of mourners gathered outside a bullet-scarred Jewish seminary and said farewell Friday to eight students killed by a Palestinian gunman. Israel slapped a closure on the West Bank and beefed up security around Jerusalem.

March 22, 2008 | By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Waris Dirie, former model and women’s rights campaigner, found in Brussels

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Police on Friday found Waris Dirie, three days after the Somali-born model who launched a worldwide campaign against female genital mutilation had vanished.

March 22, 2008 | By PAUL AMES Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


A Saddam-era oil deal with China is expected to be re-signed next month, Oil Ministry says

BAGHDAD - Iraq and China are close to re-signing a $1.2 billion oil deal that was called off after the 2003 U.S. invasion, an Iraqi Oil Ministry official said Thursday.

March 21, 2008 | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Egypt presses Hamas to halt rocket attacks on Israel and agree to truce

CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt was trying to persuade Hamas Thursday to accept a truce that would halt rocket attacks on Israel in an effort to end Gaza violence and salvage Middle East peace talks.

March 21, 2008 | By SALAH NASRAWI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Palestinian militants attack Israeli army patrol near Gaza border, killing 1 soldier

KISSUFIM CROSSING, Israel - Palestinian militants ambushed an Israeli army jeep patrolling the Gaza border Thursday and then attacked a rescue crew that rushed to the scene, killing one soldier in a brazen attack, the military and witnesses said.

March 21, 2008 | By YANIV ZOHAR Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chavez says Venezuela doesn’t need Colombia trade as neighbors press for condemnation

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela is starting to block billions of dollars in Colombian imports and investment under orders from President Hugo Chavez, threate 1/4%e economic havoc in both nations in response to a Colombian military attack on rebels hiding in Ecuador.

March 21, 2008 | By JORGE RUEDA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Indian Kashmir authorities to poison more than 100,000 stray dogs

SRINAGAR, India - Officials in Indian-Kashmir have poisoned hundreds of dogs and aim to kill all 100,000 strays in the region's main city - saying the animals pose a risk to humans and make urban life unbearable.

March 21, 2008 | By HILAL AHMED Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Double bombing in Baghdad hits commercial area, killing 15

BAGHDAD - Two bombs went off within minutes of each other in a Baghdad commercial district Thursday evening, killing 15 people and wounding 35, police and officials at three hospitals said.

March 21, 2008 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


As more vets survive war’s wounds, questions surface about VA’s ability to handle demand

BAGHDAD - The number of wounded soldiers has become a hallmark of the nearly 5-year-old Iraq war, pointing to both the use of roadside bombs as the extremists' weapon of choice and advances in battlefield medicine to save lives.

March 21, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel tests suicide bomber-resistant buses in Jerusalem, frequent bus attack target

JERUSALEM - Israeli officials said Wednesday that they are testing four buses with blast-proof windows, specialized doors and other features designed to protect passengers from suicide bombers.

March 20, 2008 | By IAN DEITCH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


OPEC to maintain current production; blames US for economic ’mismanagement’

VIENNA, Austria - OPEC on Wednesday accused the U.S. of economic ''mismanagement'' that it said is pushing oil prices to record highs, rebuffing calls to boost output and laying blame at the feet of the Bush administration.

March 20, 2008 | By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Conflict grows between Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that ''we want peace,'' but that Colombia and its allies in Washington represent war - and that perpetual conflict with the United States is inevitable.

March 20, 2008 | By IAN JAMES Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pakistani court drops 5 corruption cases against Bhutto’s widower

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A Pakistani court on Wednesday dropped five corruption cases against a leader of the opposition party that won last month's parliamentary elections.

March 20, 2008 | By STEPHEN GRAHAM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

ORLANDO, Fla. - For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill.

April 13, 2015 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Associated Press


5 Georgia counties no longer majority white

ATLANTA - Five Georgia counties - Chatham, Douglas, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale - have gone from being majority white to places where no single racial or ethnic group holds a majority, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

April 11, 2015 | | Associated Press


Blacks blame shooting on police indifference to complaints

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man fleeing from a police officer has stirred outrage around the nation, but people in this South Carolina city aren't surprised, calling it inevitable in a police department they believe focuses on petty crimes and fails to keep its officers in check.

April 09, 2015 | By JEFFREY S. COLLINS and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press | Associated Press


Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.

April 08, 2015 | By DENISE LAVOI Associated Press | Associated Press


Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage on anniversary

DEARBORN, Mich. - Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the rocking chair, then snapped pictures for posterity.

April 06, 2015 | By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press | Associated Press


Police testing bullet casings quicker to solve gun crime

DENVER - Detectives in Denver were on the hunt for an increasingly brazen shooter.

April 06, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Swimsuit season is on its way, but don't panic

CHICAGO - Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.

April 06, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Some in Ga. GOP fear harm from 'religious freedom'

ATLANTA - The divide within the Georgia Republican Party on a religious free measure came into clear focus at a March rally opposing the bill.

April 04, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. lawmakers leave without vote on religious freedom bill

ATLANTA - State leaders already expect the return of a Georgia religious freedom bill that became a flashpoint for a debate about discrimination against gays but never received a vote as the General Assembly finished the year's legislative session Thursday.

April 03, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


'The governor has been listening'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

April 01, 2015 | By ANDREW DEMILLO Associated Press | Associated Press


An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

CHICAGO - An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.

March 30, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


NSA: Car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade

FORT MEADE, Md. - Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.

March 30, 2015 | By MEREDITH SOMERS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers - including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

March 27, 2015 | By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID McHUGH Associated Press | Associated Press


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany - Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

March 26, 2015 | By DAVID McHUGH | Associated Press


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