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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


Colombia’s top cop seeks extradition of colonel sacked in corruption case

BOGOTA, Colombia - A police colonel sacked for abetting one of Colombia's most-wanted drug traffickers should be extradited to the United States as an example, the country's police chief told The Associated Press on Thursday.

February 15, 2008 | By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Senior al-Qaida commander al-Libi, 1 of U.S. most wanted, killed

CAIRO, Egypt - Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan who was blamed for bombing a base while Vice President Cheney was visiting last year, has been killed, according to a militant Web site.

February 15, 2008 | By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Back from Darfur, George Clooney takes on new role as UN messenger of peace

UNITED NATIONS - In his new role as U.N. messenger of peace, George Clooney was playing himself.

February 15, 2008 | By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Swiss experts say some HIV patients can have unprotected sex

GENEVA - Swiss AIDS experts said Thursday that some people with HIV who meet strict conditions and are under treatment can safely have unprotected sex with non-infected partners.

February 15, 2008 | By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Japan’s dolphin hunt sags under protests, concerns over mercury contamination

TAIJI, Japan - Every autumn and winter, hunters from this craggy Japanese fishing village corral thousands of dolphins into a tiny, isolated cove and kill them for meat and fertilizer, turning the water red with their blood.

February 14, 2008 | By JOSEPH COLEMAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Movie locations a tourism draw for Georgia communities

SAVANNAH - When Hollywood films a hit movie or TV show in Georgia, hardcore fans can bring in millions of tourism dollars when they come to get a firsthand look at the places they've seen on the screen.

January 01, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


GOP legislators thwart bids to expand Medicaid

WASHINGTON - Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare."

January 01, 2015 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press | Associated Press


51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm

CREVE COEUR, Mo. - Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Report: Police gun deaths up, still below average

WASHINGTON - The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush deaths. But gun-related police deaths still remain far below historic highs and lower than the average annual figures in the past decade, according to a report released Tuesday.

December 31, 2014 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press | Associated Press


World rings in new year

After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year.

December 31, 2014 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Exchange enrollment brisk in Georgia

More than 180,000 people in Georgia selected plans through the health insurance exchange in the first month of open enrollment, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

December 31, 2014 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Man tries to run down police; they shoot, kill him

UPPER DARBY, Pa. - A man who had posted an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents tried to use his car to run down officers seeking to arrest him on Tuesday so, fearing for their lives, they shot and killed him, authorities said.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Tobacco auction system is all but snuffed out

DANVILLE, Ky. - Tripp Foy's sing-song chant rang out like a sentimental oldie for die-hard farmers clinging to the old way of selling tobacco, as a small procession of buyers shadowed him down long rows of reddish-brown leaf piled in bales.

December 31, 2014 | By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press | Associated Press


Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

December 30, 2014 | By DEWI NURCAHYANI and ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Restoration of 1930 Tybee Island theater to finish in 2015

TYBEE ISLAND - Built by the Army in 1930, the Tybee Post Theater showed its last movie five decades ago and had fallen into disrepair by the time a developer sought to demolish it in 1999.

December 29, 2014 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


2 men open fire on Los Angeles police patrol car

LOS ANGELES - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.

December 29, 2014 | By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | Associated Press


In crowded skies, lost plane's request for new path denied

SURABAYA, Indonesia - The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

December 29, 2014 | By TRISNADI MARJAN and MARGIE MASON Associated Press | Associated Press


Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy

FRESNO, Calif. - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

December 28, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press | Associated Press


Guitarist doesn't miss day of Vegas Cirque work

LAS VEGAS - It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above.

December 28, 2014 | By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL Associated Press | Associated Press


Jet carrying 162 lost over stormy Indonesian waters

JAKARTA, Indonesia - An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea.

December 28, 2014 | By ALI KOTARUMALOS and MARGIE MASON Associated Press | Associated Press


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