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Roadside bomb strikes Iraqi military convoy during show of force in Basra

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb struck an armored vehicle carrying an Iraqi commander and a senior defense official Wednesday as they entered a Shiite militia stronghold that has seen some of the fiercest fighting in the southern city of Basra.

April 17, 2008 | By BUSHRA JUHI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


China accuses Tibet independence groups of planning to attack with ’suicide squads’

BEIJING - China has branded the Dalai Lama a ''wolf in monk's robes'' and his followers the ''scum of Buddhism.'' It stepped up the rhetoric Tuesday, accusing the Nobel Peace laureate and his supporters of planning suicide attacks.

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


Possible US-Russia deal this weekend may include limits on missile defenses in Europe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Scrambling to seal a missile defense deal this weekend, the U.S. is offering guarantees to assure the Russians the system isn't a European military threat aimed at them.

April 16, 2008 | By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer | Associated Press


WHO: Medical chaos in Gaza, delays for permits to Israel costing lives among patients

JERUSALEM - Dozens of Gaza residents have died waiting for medical treatment because of delays in obtaining permits to enter Israel, combined with a crumbling health system in Gaza, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

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


Mugabe aides in talks with opposition about ceding power, AP learns

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Advisers of President Robert Mugabe and his chief rival are discussing the possibility of Zimbabwe's longtime leader relinquishing power, a businessman close to the electoral commission and a lawyer close to the opposition told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

April 16, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


New ‘Big Brother’ technology transforms view of pilots flying over Iraq

ABOARD THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN - Lt. Shawn Hall spends his days thousands of feet above Iraq in his F/A-18 fighter jet, dropping GPS-guided bombs in support of American troops on the ground.

April 16, 2008 | By SEBASTIAN ABBOT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Fear of Israel-Hezbollah conflict has Mideast jittery, but leaders, analysts say war unlikely

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Recent attacks and retaliation threats have the Mideast on edge about the possibility of another war between Israel and Hezbollah, even though officials on both sides say they don't expect any eruption of major fighting soon.

April 11, 2008 | By SAM F. GHATTAS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqi prime minister vows to fight militias in Basra to the end

BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister vowed Thursday to fight ''until the end'' against Shiite militias in Basra despite protests by tens of thousands of followers of a radical cleric in Baghdad and deadly clashes across the capital and the oil-rich south.

April 11, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Egyptian editor gets 6-month prison sentence for stories on president’s health

CAIRO, Egypt - A journalist who reported on the president's alleged health problems was sentenced to six months in prison, which rights groups criticized Thursday as media harassment by the government.

April 11, 2008 | By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Founder of JetBlue Airways announces plans for new Brazilian airline starting in 2009

SAO PAULO, Brazil - The founder of JetBlue Airways announced plans Thursday for a new Brazilian airline that would begin operating next year with three jets and eventually grow to a fleet of 76 planes flying nationwide.

April 11, 2008 | By ALAN CLENDENNING AP Business Writer | Associated Press


Move over, M. Le President; Sarkozy’s wife makes splash in Britain

LONDON - Nicolas Sarkozy did most of the talking, but it was his wife who made the headlines.

April 11, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US charges Puerto Rican governor, 12 others in campaign finance probe

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila was charged Thursday with 19 counts in a campaign finance probe, including conspiracy to violate U.S. federal campaign laws and giving false testimony to the FBI.

April 11, 2008 | By MANUEL ERNESTO RIVERA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US envoys visit Pakistan’s militant hotspots to promote security, development.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Senior U.S. envoys visited Pakistan's northwest frontier Wednesday to promote lavishly funded plans to boost security and development in a region that could be harboring Osama bin Laden.

April 10, 2008 | By STEPHEN GRAHAM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Chickens vanish from Egypt’s streets in the fight against bird flu

TAWFIQIYA, Egypt - Chickens used to roam every dusty street in every village across Egypt, and many of its city alleys too.

April 10, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqi PM gives Basra gunmen 3-day ultimatum to surrender weapons

BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday gave gunmen in the southern oil port of Basra three days to surrender their weapons and renounce violence as clashes between security forces and Shiite militia fighters erupted for a second day.

April 10, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA 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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