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Benazir Bhutto’s life a sweeping epic of blood and controversy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto was many things - zealous guardian of her dead father's legacy, aristocratic populist, accused rogue, even one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people. And in the end, she was a victim of roiling passions in the nation she sought to lead for a third time.

January 11, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and JERRY SCHWARTZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Distraught relatives watch as bodies pulled from Indonesia landslides; 87 feared dead

LEDOKSARI, Indonesia - Crying relatives watched in horror Thursday as rescuers pulled muddy corpses from Indonesian villages devastated by landslides and floods. At least 87 people were dead or missing, and tens of thousands have been forced from their homes.

January 11, 2008 | By BLONTANK POER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pakistani opposition leader Bhutto killed in suicide attack on campaign rally

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. Her death stoked new chaos across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.

January 11, 2008 | By SADAQAT JAN and ZARAR KHAN Associated Press Writers | Associated Press


Inflation fuels anger in Iran toward hard-line president Ahmadinejad, even among conservatives

TEHRAN, Iran - A sharp rise in inflation has provoked fierce criticism of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - not only from his reformist opponents, but also from senior conservatives who helped bring him to power but now say he is mismanaging the economy.

January 11, 2008 | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chavez hopes to mediate broader Colombian settlement after hostage handover

CARACAS, Venezuela - As President Hugo Chavez prepared Thursday to send Venezuelan helicopters into Colombia to pick up three rebel-held hostages, he also hoped to mediate a broader settlement between leftist rebels and the U.S. backed Colombian government.

January 11, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chavez awaiting Colombian ’green light’ for hostage handover; Uribe considering next move

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that if Colombia says OK, he will send Venezuelan planes or helicopters across their border to pick up three hostages being released by leftist rebels after six years in captivity.

January 10, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japanese PM looks to boost ties through China visit

TOKYO - When Japan's prime minister heads to China for a summit Thursday, he'll face conditions his predecessors haven't enjoyed for years: warming relations, a boost in economic ties and almost no rhetoric over their historical grievances.

January 10, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Palestinian President Abbas to demand settlement freeze at summit with Israeli premier

JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will demand Israel commit at a peace summit Thursday to a freeze on all settlement construction, and he has appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for support, an aide said.

January 10, 2008 | By ARON HELLER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Hairdressers in Iraq are forced to work in secret salons, fearing extremists’ death threats

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Umm Doha cuts hair and waxes eyebrows in secret from her living room because making women look pretty can get a person killed in her Sunni-dominated Baghdad neighborhood.

January 10, 2008 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


S&P: US home prices fall by a record in October for 23rd straight month of deceleration

NEW YORK - U.S. home prices fell in October for the 10th consecutive month, posting their largest drop since early 1991, according to a key index released Wednesday.

January 10, 2008 | BY STEPHEN BERNARD AP Business Writer | Associated Press


Karzai, Musharraf hold talks on fighting militants, other issues

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged during an unusually friendly meeting Wednesday to share intelligence and tighten border controls to quash rising militant attacks.

January 10, 2008 | By RAVI NESSMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


American girl rescued from Panama plane crash that killed 3

DAVID, Panama - A 12-year-old U.S. girl who was the sole survivor of a weekend plane crash was airlifted Wednesday to a Panamanian hospital after rescue workers trekked for several hours through remote mountains to deliver her to safety and reunite her with anxious relatives.

January 10, 2008 | By ARNULFO FRANCO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


A day of prayer, reconciliation and hope

ROME - As the faithful marked Christmas Day, political and religious leaders called for peace and reconciliation amid flickers of hope in places long plagued by conflict.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Toyota plans to sell 9.85 million vehicles in '08, threating GM's position as No. 1 automaker

NAGOYA, Japan - Toyota plans to sell 9.85 million vehicles worldwide in 2008, the company said Tuesday, setting an ambitious target despite worries about a slowing U.S. car market, as it tries to become the world's top automaker.

January 09, 2008 | By YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Poll shows Israelis and Palestinians pessimistic about peace

JERUSALEM - Israelis and Palestinians responding to a survey believe a recent U.S.-sponsored peace conference was a failure and think their leaders won't manage to sign a peace deal in the next year, according to results released Tuesday.

January 09, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office

LOS ANGELES - After three weeks of box office dominance, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" ceded its reign to "Exodus: Gods and Kings." The biblical epic easily ruled the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, according to box office tracker Rentrak's Sunday estimates, while "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" dominated international charts with a staggering $117.6 million from 38 territories in advance of its North America release this week.

December 14, 2014 | By LINDSAY BAHR Associated Press | Associated Press


Transportation funding top legislative issue in Ga.

ATLANTA - Georgia's transportation needs and how to pay for them emerged this week as the issues that will dominate the 2015 legislation session. Lawmakers convene Jan. 12 at the state Capitol.

December 13, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


11-year-old Arkansas girl hails cab ... to Florida

BRYANT, Ark. - An 11-year-old Arkansas girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida, but authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia, and found her safe, after her parents reported her missing.

December 12, 2014 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep government running

WASHINGTON - It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.

December 12, 2014 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press | Associated Press


California whacked by 'Pineapple Express' storm

SAN FRANCISCO - A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada.

December 11, 2014 | By MARTHA MENDOZA and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press


Democrats, Obama part on $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON - Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy's near-collapse in 2008.

December 11, 2014 | By DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

WASHINGTON - It's another political victory for the popular potato.

December 11, 2014 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


UN officials demand prosecutions for US torture

GENEVA - All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday.

December 10, 2014 | By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway - Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India received the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for risking their lives to help protect children from slavery, extremism and forced labor at great risk to their own lives.

December 10, 2014 | By MARK LEWIS Associated Press | Associated Press


Man executed for killing Ga. deputy after robbery

JACKSON, Ga. - A man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy moments after robbing a convenience store in central Georgia was executed Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Few campus sex assaults reported to police

WASHINGTON - Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it - or don't report it at all.

December 09, 2014 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING AP Education Writer | Associated Press


Senate probe catalogs brutality against detainees

WASHINGTON - The United States brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks, Senate investigators concluded Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and KEN DILANIAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans on Tuesday grilled a health adviser who has demeaned the president's health law, but Democrats highlighted his extensive apologizes and retractions as they tried to limit the political damage.

December 09, 2014 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press | Associated Press


Afghanistan mired in war as US combat command ends

KABUL, Afghanistan - American and NATO troops closed their operational command in Afghanistan on Monday, lowering flags in a ceremony to mark the formal end of their combat mission in a country still mired in war 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime for harboring those responsible for 9/11.

December 08, 2014 | By LYNNE O'DONNELL Associated Press | Associated Press


No prison for Ga. woman who helped baby killer

BRUNSWICK - A Georgia woman was spared from prison Monday and sentenced to probation for helping dispose of a gun that police say her brother used to kill a 13-month-old boy during an attempted street robbery last year.

December 08, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


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