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US military frees 2 former Iraqi officials after court drops kidnapping, murder charges

BAGHDAD - Two former Health Ministry officials cleared of helping Shiite death squads celebrated their release with friends and family Wednesday while outraged Sunni politicians called it a black day that showed just how dysfunctional Iraq's judicial system is.

March 20, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and JOHN AFFLECK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Russia imposes more gas cuts on Ukraine; Ukraine says gas supplies to Europe won’t be affected

MOSCOW - Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly on Tuesday slapped another harsh supply cut on Ukraine in a debt and contract dispute being watched nervously by customers in Western Europe.

March 19, 2008 | By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Balmy winter breaks records in Europe’s north, confusing wildlife, plants and meteorologists

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Icebreakers sit idle in ports. Insects crawl out of forest hideouts. Daffodils sprout up from green lawns.

March 19, 2008 | By SARA SUNDELIUS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Ian Paisley to quit as leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party

DUBLIN, Ireland - Ian Paisley, the Protestant evangelist who leads Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration, said Tuesday he is quitting as the leader of his Democratic Unionist Party.

March 19, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Venezuela moves troops to Colombian border as tensions over rebel killing escalate

BOGOTA, Colombia - Hundreds of Venezuelan troops moved Tuesday toward the border with Colombia, where trade was slowing amid heightening tension over Colombia's cross-border strike on a rebel base in Ecuador.

March 19, 2008 | By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Foiled suicide bomber wanted to kill Israelis, now wants to talk with them peacefully

TULKAREM, West Bank - Six years ago, Shifa al-Qudsi was plotting to strap on explosives under a maternity dress and blow herself up among Israelis. Now she says she wants to meet them.

March 19, 2008 | By KARIN LAUB Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rice, Abbas, call for greater efforts to strike Mideast peace pact

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Tuesday that ''peace and negotiations are our strategic choice'' but fell short of announcing a resumption of peace talks that his government cut off after an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice exhorted Israel to ''spare innocent life,'' though she said it has a right to defend itself against Hamas rockets.

March 19, 2008 | By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer | Associated Press


Europe’s capacity to act in Africa and in conflicts tested by Darfur mission

PARIS - Even before its troops got lost and came under fire this week in Sudan, Europe's mission to protect some half-million uprooted people on the borders of conflict-torn Darfur had suffered an inauspicious start.

March 19, 2008 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Armenia declares state of emergency after election protests turn violent

YEREVAN, Armenia - Armenia's president imposed a state of emergency Saturday after police used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in last month's presidential election.

March 16, 2008 | By AVET DEMOURIAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli strikes kill 50 in Gaza as militants send off barrage of rockets

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops, tanks and aircraft targeted Gaza militants bombarding southern Israel with rockets and mortars Saturday, killing 50 Palestinians in the deadliest day of fighting in Gaza since Hamas seized control in June.

March 16, 2008 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan experiments with robots as part of daily life

TOKYO - At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust.

March 16, 2008 | By HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


No. 2 commander of Colombia’s guerrillas killed in combat, government says

BOGOTA, Colombia - Security forces killed the No. 2 commander of Colombia's main guerrilla group in combat Saturday, dealing what the government called the biggest blow to the leftist force since its formation.

March 16, 2008 | By TOBY MUSE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Prince Harry returns to UK, relieved father and brother, after 10-week Afghan deployment

LONDON - Prince Harry returned home to his relieved father and older brother Saturday after a 10-week Afghan tour of duty that security officials fear could now make him a top target for extremists.

March 16, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Ahmadinejad’s trip to Iraq highlights Iran’s rising influence in the neighboring country

BAGHDAD - President Bush's last trip to Iraq was kept secret until he arrived at a U.S. military base. Eight hours later he left, after Iraq's leaders traveled to meet him there.

March 16, 2008 | By ANNA JOHNSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Defense chief says Prince Harry being withdrawn from Afghanistan for security reasons

LONDON - Britain's defense chief decided Friday to immediately pull Prince Harry out of Afghanistan after news of his deployment was leaked, citing concerns that media coverage could put him and his comrades at increased risk.

March 15, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Schools react to takeover plan as Gov. Deal seeks support

ATLANTA - Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

February 15, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage crumbles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Gays and lesbians could get licenses to marry in more than half of Alabama's counties Friday after a federal judge affirmed her ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

February 13, 2015 | By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate passed two measures Thursday aimed at cracking down on what legislators say is a growing problem involving sexual exploitation of children in the state that extends far from inner cities into upscale suburbs.

February 12, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama asks for fresh war powers, says Islamic State is 'going to lose'

WASHINGTON - Vowing that Islamic State forces are "going to lose," President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to authorize military action against terrorists who are cutting a swath across the Middle East. Yet he ruled out large-scale U.S. ground combat operations reminiscent of Iraq and Afghanistan.

February 11, 2015 | By DAVID ESPO and NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Deal wants powers to take over failing schools

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to create a state-run district to take over failing schools, overseen by an appointed superintendent with broad new powers over those institutions.

February 11, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia health officials identify 35 in measles exposure

ATLANTA - Georgia health officials say they have identified 35 people - most of them children - as susceptible to getting measles from the infant who was hospitalized in Atlanta for the disease.

February 11, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Were three slain for their religion or their parking space?

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Police are trying to determine whether hate played any role in the killing of three Muslims, a crime they said was sparked by a neighbor's long-simmering anger over parking and noise inside their condominium complex.

February 11, 2015 | By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JONATHAN DREW Associated Press | Associated Press


Study finds beach trash even on Georgia's secluded islands

SAVANNAH - Dodie Sanders and her student volunteers never came back empty handed whenever she led them to the beach to clean up trash, sometimes filling as many as five waste bags with plastic bottles, wrappers and other garbage.

February 08, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Police ID man they say killed 2 adults, 2 children, himself

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Police say they have identified the gunman who took his own life after killing four people and injuring two in a quiet neighborhood near Atlanta.

February 08, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Team manager has moment to shine at game

GAINESVILLE - Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall High School. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.

February 06, 2015 | By BILL MURPHY The Times | Associated Press


US recovery gaining strength

WASHINGTON - A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is finally regaining the kind of strength typical of a healthy recovery - with hiring accelerating, wages rising and people who had given up their job hunts starting to look again.

February 06, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves.

February 05, 2015 | By TOM MURPHY and BRANDON BAILEY AP Business Writers | Associated Press


Boko Haram, hit by 3-nation offensive, rampage in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria's neighbors not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group.

February 05, 2015 | By EDWIN KINDZEKA MOKI and MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press | Associated Press


Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on Islamic State

AMMAN, Jordan - Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State training centers and weapons storage sites Thursday, intensifying attacks after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot.

February 05, 2015 | By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press | Associated Press


The way to your Valentine's heart may go through Mom

WASHINGTON - Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers - to her mother.

February 03, 2015 | By CONNIE CASS and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


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