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Israeli boy and older brother seriously injured in rocket attack from Gaza

JERUSALEM - An 8-year-old boy and his older brother were seriously wounded Saturday when a rocket from Gaza slammed into the Israeli border town of Sderot, police and medics said.

February 24, 2008 | By LAURIE COPANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide bomber kills at least 25 at election rally in northwest Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suicide bomber blasted a political gathering Saturday in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people, wounding dozens and stoking fears about security surrounding this month's parliamentary election.

February 24, 2008 | By ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Electricity, fuel become key weapon in Hamas-Israel standoff

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Qassem, a fishmonger, stores his wares on ice overnight in case the fridge shuts down. Suheil Shaban, 62, a diabetic with a bad knee, rarely leaves his ninth-floor apartment - he can't trust the elevator to function. A pediatric hospital director says the generator he relies on is almost out of fuel.

February 24, 2008 | By KARIN LAUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chadians take stock of damage from heavy fighting in coup attempt

N'DJAMENA, Chad - Turbaned troops patrolled the streets of Chad's capital in pickup trucks Friday while residents took stock of the damage from days of fierce fighting that brought rebels to the doorstep of the presidential palace.

February 23, 2008 | By EDWARD HARRIS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Former UN chief hopes for political settlement in Kenya next week; gov’t lifts ban on rallies

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's rival political parties appear close to an agreement to share power, working on the details of a deal to end weeks of postelection bloodshed that has killed more than 1,000 people, the chief mediator and a leading negotiator said Friday.

February 23, 2008 | By HEIDI VOGT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


French court orders trader in Societe General scandal behind bars

PARIS - A French trader was ordered into custody Friday while investigations continue into the billions in losses he allegedly caused at Societe Generale bank.

February 23, 2008 | By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Benazir Bhutto’s party rejects British finding on cause of her death

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto's supporters disputed a Scotland Yard finding Friday that a bomb not a bullet killed the ex-prime minister, and her party renewed its call for a full-scale international investigation into her death.

February 23, 2008 | By ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pentagon chief says Europe’s reluctant to fight in Afghanistan is linked to Iraq

MUNICH, Germany - Lingering anger in Europe over the U.S. invasion of Iraq explains why some allies are reluctant to heed U.S. calls for more combat troops in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday. It was his first public acknowledgment of such a link to the Iraq war.

February 23, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Venezuela oil minister denies $12 billion frozen in Exxon Mobil court orders

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's top oil official on Friday accused Exxon Mobil Corp. of ''judicial terrorism'' and said court orders won by the oil major do not amount to confiscation of more than $12 billion in assets.

February 23, 2008 | By FABIOLA SANCHEZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


India seeks extradition after alleged mastermind of organ transplant operation arrested

NEW DELHI, India - The Indian government said Friday it is seeking the extradition of a man accused of heading an organ transplant ring that illegally removed hundreds of kidneys, sometimes from unwilling donors held at gunpoint.

February 23, 2008 | By MUNEEZA NAQVI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US threatens to bar visits by Kenyan politicians and businessmen linked to election violence

NAIROBI, Kenya - Washington is wielding a visa weapon against prominent Kenyans who have allegedly encouraged weeks of postelection bloodshed, threatening to bar politicians and businessmen from visiting the U.S., America's ambassador said Thursday.

February 22, 2008 | By MATTHEW ROSENBERG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Turkey’s parliament votes to lift Islamic head scarf ban at universities

ANKARA, Turkey - Lawmakers voted early Thursday to approve a constitutional amendment allowing female students to enter universities wearing Islamic head scarves - a move that many secular Turks view as an attempt to impose religion on their daily lives.

February 22, 2008 | By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pro-Musharraf party hit by defections ahead of Pakistan elections

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A wave of defections from Pakistan's ruling party ahead of parliamentary elections is compounding the woes of Pervez Musharraf at a time of rampant Islamic militancy, soaring food prices and anger over the U.S.-backed president's maneuvering to prolong his eight years in power.

February 22, 2008 | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


‘Enlightened conservative’ bishop elected as new leader for Greece’s Orthodox Church

ATHENS, Greece - A low-key bishop described as an ''enlightened conservative'' was chosen by senior clergy Thursday to lead Greece's powerful Orthodox Church.

February 22, 2008 | By DEREK GATOPOUOLOS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Young Chinese workers stranded by snow happy to be away from home for the holidays

SHENZHEN, China - Xiao Wang works in a massive factory in southern China that makes Apple iPods. But lately, he's been spending his time preparing for the Lunar New Year, cooking feasts with fatty slices of pork carved from a pig's head.

February 22, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Gas prices still look low for summer

NEW YORK - Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.

May 13, 2015 | By JONATHAN FAHEY Associated Press | Associated Press


Amtrak train derails killing 6 people; investigation begins

PHILADELPHIA - Daylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, several critically, as survivors recalled a terrifying wreck that plunged them into darkness and chaos.

May 13, 2015 | By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press | Associated Press


Man arrested after smashing window, saving dog from hot car

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia state law allows an individual to break a car window to save a child in distress, but the same protection does not apply when a pet's life is at stake, as one man has quickly found out.

May 12, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


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


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