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Forests besieged: With Africa ahead, world fells trees at ’alarming’ rate, imperiling climate

EDITOR'S NOTE - A generation back, conservationists warned of a ''well-hidden time bomb'' in the destruction of rain forests. Today even more trees fall. This is the first in a three-part global series on deforestation, its threat to climate, and what may be done about it.

February 17, 2008 | By EDWARD HARRIS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


A brand new island: The Maldives built it, but no one came

HULHUMALE, Maldives - Running out of space in its crowded capital, this republic of 1,200 islands thought it had a can't-miss solution: build another island.

February 17, 2008 | By MATTHEW ROSENBERG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Dutch student denies involvement in Holloway disappearance in Aruba

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The mother of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway said that she's now convinced her daughter is dead after watching hidden camera footage of a Dutch student allegedly acknowledging involvement, according to an interview published Saturday.

February 17, 2008 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Wealthy Chinese spend holiday shopping, while snow strands factory workers

GUANGZHOU, China - Hu Qingyuan camped out Friday, waiting for a train to take him home for the Chinese New Year holiday - his only chance each year to see his wife and 8-year-old son.

February 16, 2008 | By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Aruban officials reopening Holloway case after seeing secret tapes from Dutch journalist

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Friday that they are reopening their investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist.

February 16, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Hundreds of Hamas supporters protest Egypt’s attempts to close Gaza border breach

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Hamas militants on Friday hauled away metal spikes that Egyptian soldiers had placed at sections of the Gaza-Egypt border, defying attempts to reseal the frontier and stop the influx of blockade-weary Gazans.

February 16, 2008 | By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


‘Brutal’ bombings: Mentally retarded attackers used in market blasts that kill 73

BAGHDAD - Two mentally retarded women strapped with remote-control explosives - and possibly used as unwitting suicide bombers - brought carnage Friday to two pet bazaars, killing at 73 people in the deadliest day since Washington flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.

February 16, 2008 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Slain man identified as top Colombian drug lord, Venezuelan official says

CARACAS, Venezuela - One of Colombia's most-wanted drug lords has been found slain, Venezuela's top counter-drug official said Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By IAN JAMES Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


In a delicate balancing act, Chinese peacekeepers begin work in Darfur

DUREIJ, Sudan - Their clocks are set on Beijing time, they use state-of-the-art equipment and - most of all - they are welcome by the Sudanese government. In just about everything, the Chinese peacekeeping contingent in Darfur is strikingly different from the rest of the U.N. mission here.

February 16, 2008 | By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chinese activist officially arrested on subversion charges after monthlong detention

BEIJING - A Chinese civil rights activist who chronicled the plight of other dissidents before being taken from his home in December has been officially arrested and charged with inciting subversion, his lawyer said Friday.

February 16, 2008 | By AUDRA ANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


India’s Internet services slowly returning to normal after undersea cables snapped

NEW DELHI - Internet access in India improved Friday as international service providers shifted their Internet traffic to cables under the Pacific Ocean to bypass two undersea cables damaged earlier this week.

February 16, 2008 | By MUNEEZA NAQVI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Mexico creates special prosecutor position for violence against women, human exploitation

MEXICO CITY - Mexico has created a new federal position to prosecute violence against women and human exploitation, as rights groups urge the government to do more to investigate the killings of women, especially along the U.S. border.

February 16, 2008 | By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Aruba police investigate evidence in Holloway case from Dutch crime reporter

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Thursday that authorities are investigating new information in the Natalee Holloway case provided by a Dutch crime reporter.

February 15, 2008 | By MARGARET WEVER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Suicide bomber kills Afghan official amid fears for future of international mission

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday in a mosque in southern Afghanistan, killing a deputy provincial governor and five other people in another blow to President Hamid Karzai's U.S.-backed government.

February 15, 2008 | By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Four years later, bird flu continues march across Asia; 100 dead in Indonesia, India at risk

HANOI, Vietnam - Fears of a global bird flu pandemic that once dominated headlines have largely vanished in the West, but four years after the virus began ravaging Asian poultry, it continues to quietly spread.

February 15, 2008 | By MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


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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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