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In Colombia, US ambassador calls hostage-holding rebels ’sick and weak’

BOGOTA, Colombia - The U.S. ambassador condemned Colombia's main rebel group as ''sick and weak'' on the fifth anniversary Wednesday of its seizure of three American military contractors on a surveillance flight.

February 28, 2008 | By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Pakistan police say suspect in Bhutto slaying wanted to avenge friend who died in Red Mosque

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - An Islamic militant who is accused of helping carry out the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto wanted to avenge the death of a friend in the military attack last year, a senior police officer said Wednesday.

February 28, 2008 | By ZARAR KHAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Iraqi lawmakers pass laws setting date for provincial elections and allotting 2008 budget

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament on Wednesday passed three key pieces of legislation that set a date for provincial elections, allot $48 billion for 2008 spending, and provide limited amnesty to detainees in Iraqi custody.

February 28, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


British court quashes conviction of students jailed for downloading terrorist material

LONDON - A British court on Wednesday overturned the convictions of five students jailed for downloading information on bomb-making and terrorism from the Internet.

February 28, 2008 | By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Rape being used as weapon in Kenya’s ethnic violence, hospitals and clinics report

NAIROBI, Kenya - Looting, arson and murder have become hallmarks of Kenya's conflict over a disputed presidential election. Another, less talked about tactic in the violence that has degenerated into ethnic clashes: rape.

February 28, 2008 | By KATY POWNALL Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Billionaire prominent in Georgian opposition dies in Britain after alleging murder plot

LONDON - The richest man in the former Soviet state of Georgia was found dead in his mansion near London less than two months after claiming he was the target of an assassination plot for helping lead a protest movement against his homeland's government.

February 28, 2008 | By D’ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Speaker threatens to disband Iraq parliament; lawmakers snarled over budget, provincial powers

BAGHDAD - The speaker of Iraq's fragmented parliament threatened Tuesday to disband the legislature, saying it is so riddled with distrust it appears unable to adopt the budget or agree on a law setting a date for provincial elections.

February 27, 2008 | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Followers of pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi stage protest to call for Myanmar reform

YANGON, Myanmar - Supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi protested Tuesday to demand democracy in Myanmar, days after the military regime said it would hold elections in 2010 under a new constitution likely to entrench the junta's powerful position.

February 27, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Kenyan roses take armed escorts as growers push for Valentine’s Day

NAIVASHA, Kenya - In a country strangled by anger and fear, it is taking armed escorts and emergency airlifts to make sure that Kenya's most warmhearted export - the rose - arrives in time for Valentine's Day.

February 27, 2008 | By HEIDI VOGT Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


China targets Web sites, Internet cafes in crackdown on overly violent online games

BEIJING - Seeking to ferret out online games considered overly violent or unhealthy, China has targeted illegal Web sites, computer markets and Internet cafes as part of a campaign to rein in juvenile crime.

February 27, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Danish police arrest 3 suspects in plot to kill cartoonist who drew Prophet Muhammad

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Danish authorities on Tuesday arrested three people suspected of plotting a cartoonist's assassination for his depiction of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban that enraged Muslims two years ago.

February 27, 2008 | By JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


University student who challenged official denies being arrested, charges media manipulation

HAVANA - A university student and Cuban government officials on Tuesday strongly denied reports that the student was arrested for questioning the Communist country's travel and Internet restrictions last month.

February 27, 2008 | By ANITA SNOW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Venezuela’s oil minister says ’we’re ready’ to cut off oil to US if necessary

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela is ready to cut off oil supplies to the United States if pressed into an ''economic war,'' the country's oil minister said in an interview published Tuesday, echoing a threat by President Hugo Chavez.

February 27, 2008 | By FABIOLA SANCHEZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli plan for more homes in east Jerusalem brings new trouble to talks with Palestinians

JERUSALEM - Israel announced plans Tuesday to build more than 1,000 homes in disputed east Jerusalem, infuriating the Palestinians and triggering a new crisis in already troubled peace talks.

February 27, 2008 | By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


East Timor declares emergency, troops arrive following attack on president

DILI, East Timor - Armored U.N. vehicles guarded East Timor's leaders Tuesday under a state of emergency declared after rebel soldiers critically wounded the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president and fired at the prime minister's convoy.

February 27, 2008 | By ANTHONY DEUTSCH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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NSA: Car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade

FORT MEADE, Md. - Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.

March 30, 2015 | By MEREDITH SOMERS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers - including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

March 27, 2015 | By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID McHUGH Associated Press | Associated Press


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany - Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

March 26, 2015 | By DAVID McHUGH | Associated Press


House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


As patients face death, doctors push for straight talk on desired end-of-life care

WASHINGTON - Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later.

March 23, 2015 | | Associated Press


Cruz is first one in for GOP

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.

March 23, 2015 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

WASHINGTON - Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana.

March 21, 2015 | By EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Convicted in girl's running death, grandma faces death

GADSDEN, Ala. - Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.

March 21, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

IOTO, Japan - Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.

March 21, 2015 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press | Associated Press


States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

WASHINGTON - New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

March 20, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Public unaware health law in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case.

March 19, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Little change in desire for action on inequality

DENVER - Interest in income inequality is all the rage in public debate nowadays, with political figures from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the left to Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on the right decrying the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else.

March 19, 2015 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


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