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Kosovo Serbs set border checkpoints on fire to protest Kosovo independence

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - Thousands of Serbs chanting ''Kosovo is Serbia'' marched Tuesday to a bridge dividing them from ethnic Albanians while others torched U.N. border checkpoints and cars to protest Kosovo's declaration of independence.

March 05, 2008 | By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Trial delayed until March for 2 Iraqi officials accused of abetting kidnappings and killings

BAGHDAD - The trial of two former Iraqi officials accused of letting Shiite militiamen use ambulances and hospitals to kidnap and kill rivals was delayed Tuesday because prosecution witnesses failed to show up, judicial officials said.

March 05, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fidel Castro resigns Cuban presidency after nearly half-century in power

HAVANA - Fidel Castro, ailing and 81, announced Tuesday he was resigning as Cuba's president, ending a half-century of autocratic rule which made him a communist icon and a relentless opponent of U.S. policy around the globe.

March 05, 2008 | By ANITA SNOW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Brazilian police say Petrobras theft was corporate espionage

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The theft of information linked to recent and potentially massive offshore petroleum discoveries was probably corporate espionage, Brazilian police said Tuesday.

March 05, 2008 | By PETER MUELLO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Third bomb attack in 3 days hits southern Afghanistan, killing 1 civilian and wounding 4

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A car bomb exploded near a police compound Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least one civilian and wounding four, a police official said. It was the third attack in Kandahar province in as many days.

March 05, 2008 | By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fear of vote-rigging, violence, hang over crucial Pakistan elections

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Eight weeks after Benazir Bhutto was slain, Pakistan is holding elections that could shepherd a troubled nation into a new era of civilian rule and gird it against the Islamic extremists suspected of her killing.

March 02, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bird flu kills 3-year-old Indonesian boy in country’s second case reported in one day

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A 3-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, a health official said Saturday, announcing the country's second death from the illness in one day.

March 02, 2008 | By ALI KOTARUMALOS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide car bombing at Pakistan election office in volatile northwest kills 37

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into an independent parliament candidate's election office in northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing 37 people and wounding more than 90 days before a crucial vote, government officials said.

March 02, 2008 | By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bush talks to Congress from Africa, urges continuation of his treasured aid programs

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Bush is betting Congress will hear him better from the heart of Africa than it does from down the street in Washington.

March 02, 2008 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


As power shifts, Russia enters a period of political uncertainty

MOSCOW - As Russia prepares for March 2 presidential elections, it enters an era of political uncertainty it hasn't seen since President Vladimir Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin eight years ago.

March 02, 2008 | By DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Nazi war criminal returns in Italy to serve life sentence

ROME - Extradited from Canada, an 83-year-old former SS prison guard who witnesses say laughed as he tortured inmates in an Italian detention camp was jailed Saturday near Naples to start serving a life sentence for war crimes.

March 02, 2008 | By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Finnish prime minister sues publisher over book about his love life

HELSINKI, Finland - Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen is suing the publisher of a book his former girlfriend wrote about their relationship, including steamy sauna scenes. He says he and his family have suffered and is seeking damages.

March 01, 2008 | By MATTI HUUHTANEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Official inflation triples to 66,212 percent in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe - The official rate of annual inflation in Zimbabwe tripled in the space of one month to 66,212 percent in December, by far the highest in the world but less than half the rate calculated by independent analysts.

March 01, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Kenya’s political rivals agree to independent review of disputed election

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's political rivals announced on Friday a 10-point plan to resolve their political crisis after weeks of negotiations but they remained deadlocked over power sharing.

March 01, 2008 | By TOM MALITI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


9 Israeli families set up wildcat settlement on West Bank hill, further angering Palestinians

MASKIOT, West Bank - Nine Israeli families staked out homesteads in a valley deep in the West Bank on Friday and promised to bring more settlers to the area that the Palestinians want for a future state.

March 01, 2008 | By LAURIE COPANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Georgia House passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA - A bill to raise the age that children must reach before entering kindergarten in Georgia passed the state House on Thursday but appears to face an uncertain future in the Senate.

February 19, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia health exchange enrollment soars past half a million

Powered by a late surge, Georgia's enrollment in the 2015 health insurance exchange easily surpassed the half-million mark.

February 19, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.

February 19, 2015 | By ANNE INNOCENZIO Associated Press | Associated Press


Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

NEW YORK - A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.

February 18, 2015 | By BEN WALKER AP Sports Writer | Associated Press


W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. - The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires - leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be prohibitively costly.

February 17, 2015 | JOHN RABY and JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press | Associated Press


From the Gulf to New England, cold grips the US

DURHAM, N.C. - A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the South.

February 17, 2015 | By JONATHAN DREW and MEREDITH SOMERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

WASHINGTON - It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess.

February 17, 2015 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press | Associated Press


Winter storm slams the South; bitter cold freezes Northeast

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Snow swirled sideways in Kentucky and the typically bustling state capital of Frankfort came to a frozen halt Monday as a storm walloped parts of the South, which unlike the Northeast, had been mostly spared this winter.

February 16, 2015 | By ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press


Egypt strikes Islamic State in Libya, pushes for international action

CAIRO - Egypt bombed Islamic State militants in neighboring Libya on Monday and called on the United States and Europe to join an international military intervention in the chaotic North African state after extremists beheaded a group of Egyptian Christians.

February 16, 2015 | By HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press | Associated Press


Nuclear plants delayed in China, watched closely by US firms

ATLANTA - U.S. power companies struggling with the escalating costs of building nuclear plants are closely watching similar efforts in China, where officials are expecting delays.

February 16, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Eye-opener: US teens getting less & less sleep, study shows

CHICAGO - U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

February 16, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER Associated Press | Associated Press


'Fifty Shades of Grey' whips up stunning $81.7 million

LOS ANGELES - Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million from 3,646 theaters in its first three days, distributor Universal Pictures said on Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | By LINDSAY BAHR Associated Press | Associated Press


Alabama gay marriage fight echoes states' rights battles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's judicial building office overlooks Montgomery's Dexter Avenue, a history-soaked thoroughfare topped by the Alabama Capitol where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederacy and where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended the 1965 march for voting rights.

February 15, 2015 | KIM CHANDLER and CURT ANDERSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Police say Copenhagen gunman had criminal record, gang past

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The slain gunman suspected in the deadly Copenhagen attacks was a 22-year-old with a history of violence and may have been inspired by Islamic terrorists - and possibly the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Danish authorities said Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | By JAN M. OLSEN and KARL RITTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

WASHINGTON - After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage.

February 15, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


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