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Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announces another 6-month cease-fire for his militia

BAGHDAD - Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Friday that he has extended a cease-fire order to his Shiite militia for another six months, giving Iraq a chance to continue its fragile recovery from brutal sectarian violence.

March 08, 2008 | By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Turkey launches ground incursion into Iraq, escalating conflict with Kurd rebels

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish troops launched a ground incursion across the border into Iraq in pursuit of separatist Kurdish rebels, the military said Friday - a move that dramatically escalates Turkey's conflict with the militants.

March 08, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


9 dead, 10 missing after ferryboat sinks in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A ferryboat carrying more than 100 passengers collided with a barge loaded with fuel tanks and sank to the bottom of the Amazon River on Thursday, officials said. At least nine people died, and another 10 were missing and feared dead.

March 07, 2008 | By STAN LEHMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


British foreign secretary says 2 rendition flights landed at Diego Garcia

LONDON - A British territory was used in the secret transfer of terrorism suspects in 2002, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in an awkward admission Thursday that came after U.S. officials disclosed records of two cases involving detainees.

March 07, 2008 | By PAISLEY DODDS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Thousands challenge victory of Armenian PM in presidential vote in 2nd day of protests

YEREVAN, Armenia - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters returned to the streets of Armenia's capital on Thursday to galvanize support for their claim that the presidential election was rigged.

March 07, 2008 | By AVET DEMOURIAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Protesters break into US Embassy in Belgrade, set fire to office

BELGRADE, Serbia - Serb rioters set fire to an office inside the U.S. Embassy Thursday and police clashed with protesters outside other embassy buildings after a large demonstration against Kosovo's declaration of independence.

March 07, 2008 | By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


German treasure hunter says he may have found storied Nazi plunder

BERLIN - A German lawmaker and part-time treasure hunter claimed Thursday he may have found where the Nazis stashed pieces of the storied Amber Room treasure plundered from the Soviet Union during World War II.

March 07, 2008 | By CAMERON ABADI Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Bush says US not seeking military power in Africa or showdown with China

ACCRA, Ghana - In a country teeming with resources the world covets, President Bush sought Wednesday to soothe African fears about American interests on the continent. He said the U.S. isn't aiming to make Africa into a base for greater military power or a proxy battleground with China.

March 06, 2008 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Palestinian official suggests a Kosovo-like declaration of independence

RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinians should follow Kosovo's example and unilaterally declare independence if peace talks with Israel fail, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday, but the Palestinian president said the proposal was premature.

March 06, 2008 | By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Al-Sadr threatens to end cease-fire as funeral held for slain police

BAGHDAD - Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr may let a six-month cease-fire expire as soon as Saturday, a move that could send his Shiite militia fighters back to the streets and jeopardize security gains that have led to a sharp decline in violence.

March 06, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Thousands of Darfur refugees trapped by government offensive, say rebels, aid workers

CAIRO, Egypt - A fresh Sudanese offensive by government soldiers and Arab militiamen against Darfur rebels has trapped thousands of refugees along the Chadian border, the rebels and humanitarian workers said Wednesday.

March 06, 2008 | By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


NATO peacekeepers close off roads between Kosovo and Serbia amid more protests

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - NATO peacekeepers reopened two demolished border checkpoints between Serbia and northern Kosovo Wednesday as thousands of Serbs protested Kosovo's independence.

March 06, 2008 | By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Germany’s Merkel presses Liechtenstein PM for help in tax-evasion probe

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed the prime minister of tiny Liechtenstein on Wednesday for assistance in a large-scale tax-evasion investigation targeting hundreds of German citizens.

March 06, 2008 | By GEIR MOULSON Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


At genocide site, Bush urges world action to stop bloodshed in Africa

KIGALI, Rwanda - On ground haunted by one of the worst atrocities of modern times, President Bush pleaded with the global community Tuesday for decisive action to stop grisly violence in African nations like Kenya and Sudan.

March 05, 2008 | By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


US, North Korean envoys meet in Beijing in attempt to revive disarmament process

INCHEON, South Korea - North Korea and U.S. negotiators met Tuesday for the first time in two months with Pyongyang expressing interest in resuming the stalled process to eliminate its nuclear programs, the main U.S. envoy said.

March 05, 2008 | By JAE-SOON CHANG Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Eye-opener: US teens getting less & less sleep, study shows

CHICAGO - U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

February 16, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER Associated Press | Associated Press


'Fifty Shades of Grey' whips up stunning $81.7 million

LOS ANGELES - Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million from 3,646 theaters in its first three days, distributor Universal Pictures said on Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | By LINDSAY BAHR Associated Press | Associated Press


Alabama gay marriage fight echoes states' rights battles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's judicial building office overlooks Montgomery's Dexter Avenue, a history-soaked thoroughfare topped by the Alabama Capitol where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederacy and where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended the 1965 march for voting rights.

February 15, 2015 | KIM CHANDLER and CURT ANDERSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Police say Copenhagen gunman had criminal record, gang past

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The slain gunman suspected in the deadly Copenhagen attacks was a 22-year-old with a history of violence and may have been inspired by Islamic terrorists - and possibly the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Danish authorities said Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | By JAN M. OLSEN and KARL RITTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

WASHINGTON - After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage.

February 15, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


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


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