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Canada document lists US, Israel as countries where prisoners risk torture, abuse

TORONTO - A training manual for Canadian diplomats lists the United States as a country where prisoners risk torture and abuse, citing interrogation techniques such as stripping prisoners, blindfolding and sleep deprivation.

February 02, 2008 | By ROB GILLIES Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Sri Lankan jets destroy rebel hideout, capture ground after cease-fire ends

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's military said air force jets destroyed a hideout used by senior Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday and soldiers captured a strategic stretch of road in a battle that left nine insurgents dead.

February 01, 2008 | By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


New species of palm tree that flowers itself to death discovered in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar - A self-destructing palm tree that flowers once every 100 years and then dies has been discovered on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, botanists said Thursday.

February 01, 2008 | By JONNY HOGG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Flour shortages deepens Pakistan’s turmoil and Musharraf’s unpopularity

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - When the delivery truck finally arrives, laborer Sher Nawaz joins about 400 Pakistanis scrambling to buy a sack of wheat flour.

February 01, 2008 | By RIAZ KHAN and ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Father of Israeli soldier held in Gaza sends condolences to Hamas leader whose son was killed

JERUSALEM - The father of an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip said Thursday that he sent a letter of condolence to the territory's Hamas strongman after the Palestinian's son was killed in an Israeli raid.

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


Suicide bombing kills 10 in Shiite mosque in Iraq’s Diyala province

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in violent Diyala province northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 10 people as worshipers were beating their chests in observance of Shiite Islam's holiest holiday.

February 01, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Heavy fighting in Somali capital kills 16

MOGADHISU, Somalia - Islamic militants fired mortar shells and guns in the Somali capital on Thursday, sparking crossfire with Ethiopian troops and their Somali government allies that killed at least 16 people, witnesses said.

February 01, 2008 | By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Australia offers to send ship to pick up anti-whaling activists from Japanese ship

SYDNEY, Australia - Australia said Thursday it would send a ship to pick up two anti-whaling activists who jumped on a Japanese harpoon vessel from a rubber boat in Antarctic waters, offering a solution to a tense, two-day standoff on the high seas.

February 01, 2008 | By ROHAN SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Obama’s Kenyan uncle trapped by violence, fears for job

KISUMU, Kenya - U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama's uncle has been a prisoner in his own home, trapped by postelection violence that has left more than 600 Kenyans dead.

February 01, 2008 | By KATY POWNALL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Protesters clash with police for second day in Kenya, at least 5 die

NAIROBI, Kenya - Police fired tear gas and live rounds to break up opposition rallies in several Kenyan cities on Thursday, killing at least five protesters.

February 01, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Cuba’s Castro says he’s not healthy enough to speak to Cuba’s people, campaign for elections

HAVANA - Fidel Castro said Wednesday he is not yet healthy enough to address Cuba's people in person and can't campaign for Sunday's parliamentary elections.

January 31, 2008 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


After 66 years, Holocaust survivor learns father’s fate from newly opened archive

JERUSALEM - In 1942, 8-year-old Moshe Bar-Yuda walked hand-in-hand with his father to a collection point in his hometown in Slovakia and watched him being shipped off to a Nazi labor camp. The boy never saw him again, and for 66 years was left to wonder about his father's fate.

January 31, 2008 | By ARON HELLER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Female suicide bomber kills 9 civilians in attack near Iraqi Shiite mosque

BAGHDAD - A woman wearing a vest lined with explosives blew herself up near Shiite worshippers in turbulent Diyala province north of the capital Wednesday, killing nine of them - the latest in a growing number of female suicide attacks.

January 31, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israel kills 3 in airstrike, Gaza militants hit Israel with rockets, mortars

JERUSALEM - Israeli aircraft targeting Palestinian rocket squads on Wednesday killed a 12-year-old boy, his father and uncle in a bungled attack, while Islamic militants, enraged by the death of their leader's son in an Israeli raid, bombarded Israel with rocket and mortar fire.

January 31, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan suspends Antarctic whale hunt during standoff over 2 protesters on harpoon boat

TOKYO - Protesters scored a victory in a high-seas campaign to disrupt Japan's whale hunt in the Antarctic, forcing the fleet to a standstill Wednesday while officials scrambled to unload two activists who used a rubber boat to get on board a harpoon vessel.

January 31, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

SAVANNAH - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

February 25, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays woman's execution

ATLANTA - The state of Georgia on Wednesday delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate, ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit many areas with several inches of snow.

February 25, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Snow falls in the South as another storm hits region

Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week.

February 25, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. set to execute only female death row inmate this week

ATLANTA - The daughter of the lone woman on Georgia's death row is asking the state parole board to grant her mother life in prison instead of the death penalty for plotting to have her father killed - even though she says her dad's death was "the most painful experience of my life."

February 23, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Rural health panel backs changes at struggling Georgia hospitals

ATLANTA - A panel studying Georgia's rural health issues on Monday recommended a pilot program pairing four hospitals with other providers in their area, creating a "hub and spoke" model aimed at cutting down on expensive emergency room visits to struggling hospitals.

February 23, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter's running death

GADSDEN, Ala. - A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell," a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy.

February 22, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


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


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